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 survey has concluded.

    We are holding a six-week public consultation to hear what you think about these proposals. We want to know if you agree with them, if there is anything you do not agree with, and to understand the reasons why you feel this way.

    You can reply by completing our survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The closing date for comments is Sunday 3 March 2024.

    To take part in our online survey you will need to register with your email address. Your details will be kept secure.

    If you prefer, you can also let us have your comments by:

    • Email: haveyoursay@tfl.gov.uk
    • Telephone: 020 3054 6037 to leave your name and contact number and we will call you back. Please quote ' New night route N518' when leaving your message
    • Write to: Freepost TfL Have your say (New night route N518)
    Please note responses to the survey may be made publicly available after the consultation has closed, this would typically be in the form of a report on the results of the consultation exercise, but any personal information will be kept confidential. Your personal information will be properly safeguarded and processed in accordance with the requirements of privacy and data protection legislation. For further information, please visit our privacy policy
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