Bringing People Together
Depending on where in Hampton you live there is the R68 which takes you directly to Teddington Hospital. The buses a very often full as they go through Station Road, so I don't think we have too many it's just the road works causing the congestion.
A friend of mine who lives in Teddington couldn't get out onto Sandy Lane because of the traffic, people trying to avoid the congestion here
I agree completely with you, there are far too many 111’s, at all times of the day and night, and apart from the obvious rush hour and peak times, the majority are almost always running with less than a handful of passengers and these are often spread over convoys.
With or without road works there are, almost without exception, daily 111 convoys, which suggests the road works can’t be totally responsible for this phenomenon, and if they were the cause, wouldn’t there be, at least, some space between them?
There should be a properly formed transport service that is geared to need and not to service providers operating to the conditions imposed upon them by TFL’s (QIC) contract. TFL are mind bogglingly inept.
Don't forget TW are not the only roadworks between Kingston and Heathrow the utility companies have ongoing work. The R68 can be picked up in Church Street or opposite the pool and goes to Teddington hospital. The R70 can be picked up at little Sainsburys and goes through Fulwell. We are lucky to have such good transport connections. Pity the poor bus drivers being constantly diverted
I think this is just a function of the congestion. Notwithstanding your experience Sandie, I gave up waiting for an R68 this afternoon. Don't forget that the 111 is a 25km route that runs at a 9-12 minute frequency on Saturdays. With the carnage on the A308 at the moment, it's no wonder the buses are stacking up. Blame Thames Water.
To the more general point of 'how many buses does Hampton need?':- Buses are a valuable service. The 111 is scheduled every 6-12 minutes* during weekdays to serve those people who need it. (Like me and my family.) If those buses stack up over the course of a 25km route that takes 60-90 minutes to traverse (on a good day) then that's a separate problem to how frequently they're scheduled. As to how 'full' or 'empty' a bus is, that's a secondary question to whether that bus was there for the people who are on it.
To repeat Steph above: we are lucky to have these connections.
*conflating the peaks and during the day
I have to agree with both Steph B and Matt D
I've never seen anywhere has the decent regular bus connections that Hampton does. I don't think we should give TFL any excuse to cut an otherwise very good service.
Perhaps all those bus users should drive through Hampton instead? ;-)
Sarcasm aside, we are very lucky to have good bus services through Hampton, and my voice will be to maintain the current level of service. My view is that congestion is down to too many cars (both moving and badly parked), not too many buses.
Three days in a row of severe delays in South West Trains have culminated in an all out closure of the Shepperton Branch today
Any reduction of bus service (of which I am completely against) needs to take into account South West Trains complete inability to run the Shepperton Branch effectively
I wonder where the flooding is. Normally at Fulwell, I went and looked on Hampton departures live and the trains are terminating and starting from Fulwell. Hampton and further on - no trains. I feel as though I live in the wilds sometimes and not in Greater London (well just)
Oh it's a new one, this morning the flooding is at Shepperton
Maybe flooding at Shepperton is being used an excuse so that after the 2 week closure at the end of July to fix Fullwell, South West Trains still have an excuse to arbitrarily shut down the whole branch when it suits them
Have just relooked on the page and some trains are now running it's a live link so just refresh now and again