Monday 18 November 2013 2.42pm
In recent months, it feels to me like the quality of service provided on the No.1 bus route has deteriorated enormously. I wondered whether other forum readers felt the same?
In the morning rush 'hour', it is frequently impossible for people trying to travel along the Southwark Park Road/Grange Road
part of the route (towards TBR) - especially from the Alscot Road
and Alaska Building stops - to get onto already-packed (and, in my opinion, dangerously packed) buses. It doesn't help that the frequency of buses is nothing like that advertised - we're promised a bus every 7 or 8 minutes, but a 15-20 minute wait (or longer) is fairly standard.
In the evenings, the frequency of buses is again nothing like that advertised, and the curtailment of routes (Tottenham Court Road to Surrey Keys, to Elephant and Castle, to Bricklayers rather than Canada Water) - usually mid-journey - is increasing in frequency.
It seems to me that no consideration is being given to the impact of a huge amount of housing development along the route on what was already a pretty creaky service.
As a way of addressing this problem, I would suggest:
1. Additional buses on the No.1 route during peak times
2. An additional bus route to relieve pressure on the No.1. My personal preference would be for a route that took passengers west (towards Victoria). But even a route that constituted a shuttle between - say - Surrey Keys and E&C would free up capacity on the No.1 for passengers trying to travel on to Waterloo and points north.
(And, finally, since this is the season of miracles, perhaps the schoolkids using the No.1 to hop 2 stops from The Blue to Alscot Road
could also be persuaded to walk - Harris Academy girls, you know who you are!)