All change on Route 63

A key bus route linking SE1 with the north and the south has been split into two services and given a frequency boost by Transport for London.

Transport for London claims that the changes to route 63, which came into effect on Saturday, will boost reliability, frequency and capacity for travellers between Crystal Palace and Kings Cross.

The route is being split into two overlapping services: a new 363 bus service will run along the previous route between Elephant & Castle and Crystal Palace, with the 63 cut back to terminate at Honor Oak Park instead of Crystal Palace.

The new route 63, linking Honor Oak with Peckham Rye, Peckham, Trafalgar Avenue, Old Kent Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark Station, Blackfriars Bridge, Ludgate Circus, Farringdon Road and Kings Cross will now run at a higher frequency, up to every 6 minutes at peak times.

London Buses' performance director Clare Kavanagh said: "Elephant and Castle through to Honor Oak Park is a popular route and many people will benefit from these new services. New low floor double deck buses on the 363 and the increase in frequency of the route 63 will encourage Londoners to hop on the bus to get around town."

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "Travelling in the capital is becoming more efficient and hassle free. London buses is undertaking the biggest programme of improvements since the 1950s and congestion charging is speeding up bus journey times. The extra capacity on the 363 and 63 bus will offer more travel options for people getting around South London and into the city."

Route 63 is operated by London Central from their Peckham garage.

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