Proposal to withdraw the R2 and replace it with changes to the R1 and the R3

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Photograph of R1 busWe want to better match bus services to customer demand on routes R1, R2 and R3.

These proposals are designed to help us operate a more efficient bus service in the area that better reflects the number of customers using the service, without the need to reduce the number of buses per hour.

We also aim to improve local bus connections with the creation of some new journey links and improvements to the R1 and R3 timetables.




Current route Proposed route

R1

Grovelands Road, St Paul’s Cray

- High Street/Worlds End Lane, Green Street Green


R1

Grovelands Road, St Paul’s Cray

– East Hill, Biggin Hill Valley

  • Via Orpington rail station and the current R2 bus route
  • No longer serving stops between Orpington rail station and Green Street Green



R1 bus route linear map


Current route Proposed route

R2

Orpington Walnuts Centre

– East Hill, Biggin Hill Valley

R2 - Would no longer run

  • Route covered by proposed changes to the R1 and the R3



R1 R2 linear map


Current route Proposed route

R3

Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

- Orpington rail station

Also see our proposal to reroute the R3 in Petts Wood

R3

Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)

- Green Street Green

  • Extend the R3 from Orpington rail station to Green Street Green
  • Via Orpington rail station and the current R1 bus route if it were to be rerouted as proposed


R3 bus route linear map

Geographic map showing what is proposed:

R1 R2 R3 route map(Click on the map for larger image)


How this may change your bus journey
  • The following bus stops would no longer be served by routes R1, R2, or R3: Orpington Police Station (stop Q), Spur Road/Orpington War Memorial (stop N), and Orpington Walnuts Centre (stop X). As a result, passengers may need to access alternative local bus stops between 200-300 metres away and Orpington Police station would no longer be served by buses
  • The R1 would no longer serve Orpington rail station (stop G) and Orpington bus station (stops E and F) – alternative stops would be located along Crofton Road. Some passengers would need to cross the road via a pedestrian crossing for access to the station
  • Approximately 3% of passengers currently using the R1 would need to change bus at Orpington High Street to complete their journey
  • New connections by bus would become possible between north of St Mary Cray Rail station, to the west of Orpington to Biggin Hill Valley
  • A new Sunday service where the R1 replaces the R2 between Biggin Hill Valley and Orpington bus station
  • Monday to Saturday daytimes - three buses per hour instead of two buses per hour where the R1 replaces the R2
The following diagram also indicates how the local bus network may look if it were to change as proposed.
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