Shooters Hill Shot: Chariot minibuses to North Greenwich aim for Charlton commuters

Chariot services began in London earlier this year

Commuters in Charlton and Blackheath who are tired of crowded and unreliable buses to North Greenwich could be able to get a new service to the Jubilee Line hub – if they pay a little more.

Car giant Ford, which launched its Chariot service between Shooters Hill and North Greenwich earlier this year, is applying for permission to serve three stops on Westcombe Hill between the Royal Standard and Westcombe Park station. It is also asking to serve three new stops on Shooters Hill Road.

It says it is down to “significant customer requests” – most likely as a result of the notorious overcrowding on the 108 service down Westcombe Hill to North Greenwich.

But the service – which would run non-stop between North Greenwich and Westcombe Park stations – is also likely to appeal to a section of Charlton commuters who face daily battles with the 486 service down Charlton Church Lane and the 161 on Woolwich Road, who can easily walk to Westcombe Hill.

Fares on the Shooters Hill Shot, which runs in rush hours only, are typically £3 each way, although users can gain free rides by asking friends to sign up. Users book their seats with an app, similar to minicab service Uber.

Even though Chariot has to apply to TfL for a licence to run the service, the services are not be part of its network or fare structure.

The service currently snakes its way around back streets in Shooters Hill and Kidbrooke before running down the A102 to North Greenwich. Chariot is also applying to run every eight minutes, rather than every 10 minutes as now.

Transport for London is currently running a consultation on the proposed service changes – potential travellers have until 10 September to respond.

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