Route N518 – creation of a new night bus service between Central London and Ruislip

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Image showing a bus stopUpdate 04 March 2024

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. We are analysing your feedback and will report back shortly.

-update ends-

We would like to hear your views about the proposed creation of a new night bus route N518 to run between Trafalgar Square and Ruislip Station via Wembley, Sudbury Hill and Rayners Lane, covering areas in the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon. The new route follows the alignment of the existing route N18 between Trafalgar Square and Barham Park Roundabout travelling through the City of Westminster and the London borough of Brent.

On this page you can read more about what is proposed and how this may impact you. You can also view maps, ask questions, give feedback, and find out about other ways to get in touch and take part.



Summary of proposals

How these proposals may change your bus journey

Background

How you can find out more

Equality Impact Assessment

Accessible Information

Tell us your views

What happens next



Summary of proposals

  • We propose to create a new night bus route N518 to run between Ruislip Station and Trafalgar Square (via Wembley, Sudbury Hill and Rayners Lane) on all nights. The proposed route will operate every 30 minutes on weeknights and every 15 minutes on weekend nights. Operating hours on weekend nights are between 23:05 and 06:55 and between 23:15 and 06:45 on weeknights
  • Demand at weekends has increased by 4% above the pre-pandemic average demand on route N18
  • The proposal will replace the route N18 leg between Sudbury and Harrow Road Station and Trafalgar Square on all nights with the N518
  • The proposal will increase the frequency of the route N18 leg between Harrow Weald High Road and Trafalgar Square on weekend nights from a bus every 30 minutes to one every 15 minutes

You can find out more about how the proposals may affect your bus journey.





Background

London’s bus network is our most affordable, accessible, and available form of public transport and offers the main sustainable alternative to cars for those journeys that cannot easily be walked or cycled. It is also London’s most flexible mode of public transport.

Image showing three buses at the bus stands We continuously review and adapt the bus network to reflect changing customer needs. This includes proposing changes to existing bus routes, so services operate in areas where our customers need them most.

Read more about how we are increasing the number of bus journeys by making bus travel better, faster and greener in our Bus action plan.

In 2012/2013, a proposal to extend route N18 from Sudbury to Ruislip via Rayners Lane was developed by TfL with the support of the four boroughs that the extension would go through (LB Brent, LB Ealing, LB Harrow and LB Hillingdon).

Based on areas with a high population density, without a night bus service, feedback from the relevant boroughs at that time and finding a routing that has a business case, a route for a new night bus service was identified running from Sudbury along A4090 (Whitton Avenue and Alexandra Avenue) to Rayners Lane and Ruislip Station Approach where it will terminate.

Since the suspension of the weekend-only night bus route 114, there is no night bus routes in the Ruislip area and as such, there is a need for a service to serve this part of London at night.



How you can find out more

We have provided more information to help you respond:

  • Maps showing current and proposed route
  • Linear map showing current and proposed route
  • A downloadable copy of our consultation survey in case you would prefer to respond offline

You can use the questions tool on this page during the consultation period. We will respond your questions as soon as we can.



Equalities Impact Assessment

Our Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) identifies:

  • The affects these proposals could have on people
  • How we propose to minimise any negative impacts

After we’ve considered all comments, the EqIA will be reviewed and may be updated.

We use the EqIA to help us decide if, and how, we should proceed with these proposals.



Accessible Information

We want to make sure everyone is able to take part in our consultations. To help make it accessible to everyone we have provided:

  • An Easy Read version of our proposals and survey
  • Audio versions of the proposals and survey
  • Use the ‘translate’ button in the footer of this page to translate this website into a number of languages

Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations


To further enhance how we consult with London's deaf community we offer:

  • A British Sign Language (BSL) video of our proposals and survey
  • A British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker. To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time



What happens next

These proposals are subject to the outcome of our consultation. Once consultation ends on Sunday 3 March 2024, we will spend time considering all the responses we receive and will prepare a consultation report.

The consultation report will help us reach a decision about how bus route N518 may change.

The report will be available to everyone that takes part in the consultation and a copy will be published on our website.

Image showing a bus stopUpdate 04 March 2024

This consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded. We are analysing your feedback and will report back shortly.

-update ends-

We would like to hear your views about the proposed creation of a new night bus route N518 to run between Trafalgar Square and Ruislip Station via Wembley, Sudbury Hill and Rayners Lane, covering areas in the London boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon. The new route follows the alignment of the existing route N18 between Trafalgar Square and Barham Park Roundabout travelling through the City of Westminster and the London borough of Brent.

On this page you can read more about what is proposed and how this may impact you. You can also view maps, ask questions, give feedback, and find out about other ways to get in touch and take part.



Summary of proposals

How these proposals may change your bus journey

Background

How you can find out more

Equality Impact Assessment

Accessible Information

Tell us your views

What happens next



Summary of proposals

  • We propose to create a new night bus route N518 to run between Ruislip Station and Trafalgar Square (via Wembley, Sudbury Hill and Rayners Lane) on all nights. The proposed route will operate every 30 minutes on weeknights and every 15 minutes on weekend nights. Operating hours on weekend nights are between 23:05 and 06:55 and between 23:15 and 06:45 on weeknights
  • Demand at weekends has increased by 4% above the pre-pandemic average demand on route N18
  • The proposal will replace the route N18 leg between Sudbury and Harrow Road Station and Trafalgar Square on all nights with the N518
  • The proposal will increase the frequency of the route N18 leg between Harrow Weald High Road and Trafalgar Square on weekend nights from a bus every 30 minutes to one every 15 minutes

You can find out more about how the proposals may affect your bus journey.





Background

London’s bus network is our most affordable, accessible, and available form of public transport and offers the main sustainable alternative to cars for those journeys that cannot easily be walked or cycled. It is also London’s most flexible mode of public transport.

Image showing three buses at the bus stands We continuously review and adapt the bus network to reflect changing customer needs. This includes proposing changes to existing bus routes, so services operate in areas where our customers need them most.

Read more about how we are increasing the number of bus journeys by making bus travel better, faster and greener in our Bus action plan.

In 2012/2013, a proposal to extend route N18 from Sudbury to Ruislip via Rayners Lane was developed by TfL with the support of the four boroughs that the extension would go through (LB Brent, LB Ealing, LB Harrow and LB Hillingdon).

Based on areas with a high population density, without a night bus service, feedback from the relevant boroughs at that time and finding a routing that has a business case, a route for a new night bus service was identified running from Sudbury along A4090 (Whitton Avenue and Alexandra Avenue) to Rayners Lane and Ruislip Station Approach where it will terminate.

Since the suspension of the weekend-only night bus route 114, there is no night bus routes in the Ruislip area and as such, there is a need for a service to serve this part of London at night.



How you can find out more

We have provided more information to help you respond:

  • Maps showing current and proposed route
  • Linear map showing current and proposed route
  • A downloadable copy of our consultation survey in case you would prefer to respond offline

You can use the questions tool on this page during the consultation period. We will respond your questions as soon as we can.



Equalities Impact Assessment

Our Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) identifies:

  • The affects these proposals could have on people
  • How we propose to minimise any negative impacts

After we’ve considered all comments, the EqIA will be reviewed and may be updated.

We use the EqIA to help us decide if, and how, we should proceed with these proposals.



Accessible Information

We want to make sure everyone is able to take part in our consultations. To help make it accessible to everyone we have provided:

  • An Easy Read version of our proposals and survey
  • Audio versions of the proposals and survey
  • Use the ‘translate’ button in the footer of this page to translate this website into a number of languages

Connecting with London's deaf community on our consultations


To further enhance how we consult with London's deaf community we offer:

  • A British Sign Language (BSL) video of our proposals and survey
  • A British Sign Language (BSL) consultation conversation service for this consultation. This service will allow the TfL consultation lead to have a two-way BSL translated discussion on any aspect of this consultation with a BSL speaker. To request a BSL consultation conversation please contact us at haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk and we will be in contact to arrange this at a convenient time



What happens next

These proposals are subject to the outcome of our consultation. Once consultation ends on Sunday 3 March 2024, we will spend time considering all the responses we receive and will prepare a consultation report.

The consultation report will help us reach a decision about how bus route N518 may change.

The report will be available to everyone that takes part in the consultation and a copy will be published on our website.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Dear TFL, first and foremost have you considered the quality of the carriageway at Eastern Avenue and whether it is robust enough to support this proposal?? Even with just the current 398 service running on this road, the residents have to suffer terrible vibrations and movement every time the 398 bus goes past and it can be felt inside the house because the road surface is cracked and uneven. How are we supposed to sleep at night when the N518 will exacerbate this unbearable situation, all through the night.

    SnowyShah asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    This is a public consultation process designed to capture all feedback from relevant stakeholders. Your feedback will be noted, along with all others received to the consultation (including responses from businesses, local boroughs, residents and other organisations). This will happen before a final decision is made on whether or not the proposal is implemented or not. 

    Kind regards

    TfL Consultations

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    Will the new service be operated be electric vehicles?

    John L. asked 3 months ago

    Hello and thank you for the question.

    No decision has been made yet whether it would be pure electric, hybrid or diesel powered buses on this route. But if this proposed route is introduced, all buses that will operate on it will be fully compliant with ULEZ regulations and meet Euro VI standards for emissions.

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    What type of bus stops are envisaged for Elm Avenue , request stops or shelters as these pavements are already too cluttered with poles/signs etc presenting barriers to pedestrians ?

    Eastcote67 asked 2 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your questions

    For this scheme, as explained in the consultation material, the bus stop locations have not been agreed and the designs of the bus stops have not been produced yet. 

    TfL's official bus stop design guidance is available at this link: https://content.tfl.gov.uk/bus-stop-design-guidance.pdf and the organisation will abide by its principles when designing and installing new bus stops. 

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    👋 Hello there...talking about 24-hour services, there had been at least 17 routes that operated 24-hour services on Friday & Saturday Nights-only & were shown with a blue-coloured label on bus stop flags (34, 114, 123, 132, 145, 154, 158, 183, 296, 307, 319, 486, E1, H32, H37, W3, W7) in order to support the Night Tube that was introduced on Fri/ Sat nights back in 2016 until early 2020 when they were paused given the Lockdown: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2016/august/tfl-introduces-new-friday-and-saturday-night-bus-services-to-night-tube Now that it has been nearly 4 years since they were shut and all the 6 Night Tube & Overground lines have been reintroduced and are back in running since late 2021 as the nighttime economy has been opening-up again, I just wanted to ask you about why have these weekend-only 24-hour buses (except 123, 158 & 486) got specifically decided not to resume & be reintroduced to supplement the night tube & overground services given that they have resumed full operations on all 6 lines since 2021?

    achyutchaudhary asked 2 months ago

    Hi there, thank you for your questions. 

    As you have highlighted, the routes remain suspended, but a consultation would be carried out if they were to be considered for being permanently withdrawn. 

    TfL continues to monitor and review the night bus service across the network.


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    If N518 was created, would it be considered an alternative to the Night Tube, and cover areas that rely on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines during the day?

    NiceABCD asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The Night Tube network does not currently serve this part of northwest London. The proposed N518 would cover areas that are served by the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines during the day.


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    When will routes 114 and 183 run 24-hour weekends again?

    Shayan24 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The weekend-only night services on routes 114 and 183 were temporarily suspended in March 2020 in response to the temporary withdrawal of Night Tube services, the fall in demand as a result of the pandemic, and subsequent lockdown restrictions. 

    Both routes’ night services remain temporarily suspended and no decision on their reintroduction has been made.

    TfL continues to monitor and review the night bus service across the network and would consult if the routes’ night services (or indeed any other bus routes) were proposed to be permanently withdrawn. 

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    How will route N518 benefit residents in Alperton, North Wembley, South Harrow and Wembley Park?

    Shayan24 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    The N518 will provide new transport links at night to Ruislip, Eastcote, Rayners Lane, Northolt Park and Central London. Residents in Alperton and Wembley Park can use existing night routes 297 and N83 and interchange onto route N518 at Wembley Central to access these locations. 

    Similarly, residents in South Harrow can use existing night route N140 and interchange onto route N518 on Petts Hill to access these locations.

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    If approved when would this route be available from

    Tia Grace asked 3 months ago

    Good afternoon, thank you for the question

    Subject to the result of the consultation, if the N518 is approved to be introduced without any changes to how it was presented in the consultation, we would be aiming to introduce this route towards the end of 2024.

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    How long will the journey be in travel time from Ruislip Manor to Trafalgar Square? And in cost?

    Yvon asked 3 months ago

    Dear Yvon

    Thank you for your enquiry

    The journey could take between 1 hr 15 mins and 1 hr 45 mins and will vary depending on traffic conditions and days of the week.

    The cost will be £1.75 like all other London bus journeys and using the the Hopper will give you unlimited bus journeys, made within one hour of touching in. 

    This allows you to use other routes as part of your journey with the N518 pay £1.75 in total.

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    Will the bus be wheelchair accessible?

    Yvon asked 3 months ago

    Hello Yvon

    Thank you for your question. Yes, any bus that would be used on the proposed N518 route would be wheelchair accessible. Every scheduled TfL bus has one wheelchair space, with wheelchair users have priority in these spaces and buggy users are required to make space if necessary.

    Please see https://content.tfl.gov.uk/accessible-travel-web.pdf for further details.

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