Proposal to reroute the R3 via Towncourt Lane in Petts Wood

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Photograph of R3 busPetts Wood rail station is a key destination for people using bus route R3 with over one third of all passengers typically boarding or alighting at the station.

This is also an important bus route for access to and from the Princess Royal University Hospital and the station.





Current route Proposed route

Bus route R3 currently operates between the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and Orpington rail station

This proposal relates to the section of the R3 between Towncourt Lane and Tudor Way, where the route loops round to serve bus stops in the residential area south and west of Petts Wood rail station

Also see our proposal to withdraw the R2 and replace it with changes to the R1 and the R3


From PRUH - towards Petts Wood rail station:

  • The R3 would continue along Towncourt Lane onto Queensway to serve Petts Wood station, instead of turning left onto Shepperton Road
  • Then continue along Queensway, turning left onto Franks Wood Avenue to loop round and continue as normal
  • Then turn left at the end of Shepperton Road onto Towncourt Lane
  • Then turn right onto Tudor Way to its normal line of route

From the east - Orpington rail station – towards PRUH

The R3 would continue along Tudor Way

  • Turn left onto Towncourt Lane
  • Then turn right onto Shepperton Road
  • Then continue along Shepperton Road and Chesham Avenue to loop round and continue as normal towards Petts Wood rail station


Bus stops S and N Towncourt Lane/ Jersey Drive

  • If this route change was made as proposed, bus stops S and N on Towncourt Lane (for Jersey Drive) would be served twice in each direction.

  • We propose to simplify the bus route and remove potential confusion for passengers. Subject to agreement with the London Borough of Bromley we would like to relocate bus stops S and N and replace them two new sets of bus stops:

- on Queensway before its junction with Towncourt Lane; and

- on Towncourt Lane south of Shepperton Road

  • The relocation of bus stops would also improve the distance between bus stops on nearby routes 208 and R7
    The following map shows what is proposed:


How this may change your bus journey

We would like to make you aware of the following expected impacts if we were to change route R3 in the Petts Wood area as proposed. For full details please read the Initial Equalities Impact Assessment document:

  • Overall, more passengers would benefit from a faster journey time in the Petts Wood area
  • Passengers using the R3 between the PRUH and Crofton Lane – Petts Wood rail station would have improved access to the station and faster journey, saving approximately 10 minutes
  • Passengers using the R3 between Faringdon Avenue, Almond Way and Whitebeam Avenue – Petts Wood rail station would have a more frequent bus service as this proposal would double the service to and from the station
  • Passengers west of Petts Wood rail station would need to cross to the opposite side of the road to access the station.
  • Through passengers, not using the R3 to access Petts Wood rail station, and passengers from within the loop travelling to the PRUH may see an increased journey time of approximately 90 seconds
  • Passengers using the R3 from Chesham Avenue to access Petts Wood rail station would see an increased journey time of approximately nine minutes

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