Monday, 20 May 2013

Night Bus To Croydon?


213 Bus in Central Road at night

Local London Assembly representative Steve O'Connell is looking into the old N213 bus route and whether it might be brought back and would like to know the thoughts of people in Worcester Park.

People may remember being able to get all the way to (or from) Croydon at night on the N213 from Worcester Park instead of the route finishing at Sutton as it does now. The section from Sutton to Croydon was cancelled by TfL in July 2009 because apparently the route was only used “lightly” but there has been a steady campaign ever since to see it reinstated.

So what are your, the good people of Worcester Park’s thoughts on this matter? Do we want to see the N213 reinstated so we can get beyond Sutton and on to Croydon in the wee small hours? Or is it just a case of, 'Meah, who wants to go to Croydon in the middle of the night anyway?'

Over to you…

10 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

mabel said...

No thank you.

WP Mark said...

I thought Sutton Council was interested in making the X26 into a 24hr service as part of its longer term transport plans. This would surely benefit more people across a larger part of South London. Having a 24 hour link between Croydon and Heathrow has got to be better than a more limited N213 route. However, if the X26 proposal doesn't go ahead I suppose the N213 could be a second choice. Personally I would find a night bus from Worcester Park to Central London much more useful. Also, if the 93 terminated at WP Station of a night time (perhaps an N93 route) that would also be great for getting home from Wimbledon. I can't imagine anyone really stays on the 93 beyond the Queen Victoria stop to the end of the North Cheam route in the middle of the night.

Sparrowpark said...

This sounds like an excellent idea the quicker this route is extended the better!

shelokay said...

yh the x26 sounds good.. when the n213 did go through to croydon it was finished as it was hardly used.

Dan said...

I love the idea then i would not have to cab it between Sutton and Croydon i cant understand why a bus that links the 3 main town centers in south London, Kingston Sutton and Croydon was ever broke it always seemed ramed on a saturday night comming out of Croydon, as for Heathrow people at night can change for a 285/111 at Kingston from Croydon. it need to be Rexended not only for transport links but for the people living in Carshalton and Wallington who have no night bus link a tall at the moment.

Colette Short said...

I think either N213 or X26 24 hour service would be brilliant for Worcester Park. We often arrive late at Gatwick and cannot get to Worcester Park from East Croydon late at night.

Parkerilla said...

Slightly off the topic of night buses but I think the X26 should be a double decker (I have occasionally one but almost always it's single-decker), it's so popular and always packed.

Dave said...

Agreed, but the Citaros are almost new (specifically obtained for the X26) and Epsom Buses would have no other service to use them on, unless they get the 293 contract next time round. Being a TfL contract I suppose there would be a way round that.

As to the night services, as the 213 is an all-night service I think it unlikely that TfL would run the X26 over night as it would duplicate most of the 213. The N213 was a combination of the 213 and 154, withdrawn because it was supposedly little used. If a demand can be shown, the most likely scenario is that the N213 would be restored.

Dave

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