Transport for London has confirmed plans to sharply cut bus services between Greenwich and Woolwich, through Charlton, by diverting route 180 so it starts at North Greenwich station.
The cut means means only the 177 will run between Greenwich and Woolwich, halving the service from 12 to six buses per hour.
Instead of running from Lewisham, the 180 will run from North Greenwich via the Greenwich Millennium Village, the under-construction Ikea and Bugsby’s Way – a slight change to the original plan which saw it running via Peartree Way and a longer stretch of Woolwich Road.
TfL, which is chaired by London mayor Sadiq Khan, says: “The 177 has sufficient capacity for the level of demand on this corridor. We will continue to keep this under review.”
Route 129, which links Greenwich town centre with North Greenwich, will be extended to start back from Lewisham, but at a reduced peak-time frequency of five buses per hour, compared with the six provided by the 180.
Passengers who want to travel to and from Lewisham will be expected to use another service or change from the 180 to the 129 at Ikea.
Greenwich Council had raised concerns about the diversion of the 180.
The 472 to North Greenwich will also be less frequent – in peak hours it will be cut to eight buses per hour (currently 10), six on Saturdays (currently eight) and five on Sundays (currently six). It will also be rerouted in Thamesmead to run to Abbey Wood.
Crossrail is due to open at Abbey Wood and Woolwich on Sunday 9 December – this date has not been officially confirmed – so the changes should be in place around that time.
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