The Westcombe Society have been sent the following information:

Dear Stakeholder

I would like to update you on some changes taking place to routes 3, 47, 53 and 148 from 17 January, as a result of the cumulative impact of various major roadworks in Central London. Everyday over 6 million journeys are made on London’s bus network. To keep bus services simple to use, frequent and reliable we sometimes need to make temporary changes to how and where services operate.

Day services

To ensure we can continue to run services at their normal frequencies the following routes will be curtailed short of their normal destination:


3          Will start and finish in Regents Street, with buses standing in Conduit Street. Buses will not serve Oxford Circus

47        Will start and finish in Liverpool Street bus station, stop ‘B’. Buses will not serve Bishopsgate or Shoreditch

53        Will start and finish at County Hall. The first and last stops will be in Westminster Bridge Road near Lower Marsh. Buses will not serve Parliament Square or Whitehall

148      Will start and finish at Shepherd’s Bush Green. Buses will not serve White City bus station

Night services

Routes N3 and N47 are unaffected by these changes and will continue to operate as normal.


53        Buses departing from Plumstead Station between 23:00 and 04:00 or departing from Whitehall Horse Guards between 00:00 (midnight) and 06.00 will run as normal in both directions. [Plumstead Station – Whitehall, Horse Guards]

148      Buses departing from White City bus station between 00:30 and 04:39 (05:25 on weekends) or departing from Camberwell Green between 00:45 and 05:25 (06:10 on weekends) will run as normal in both directions. [White City – Camberwell Green]


These temporary alterations are part of a package of measures designed to mitigate the impact of major roadworks on Bridge Street (Westminster Bridge), Cannon Street and Piccadilly. Some other bus services will see alterations to frequencies or additional vehicles added to the schedule to ensure published times are maintained.


What happens next?

We have issued emails to passengers of the affected routes setting out the changes. Publicity will be posted at affected bus stops and it is our intention to display a message on iBus screens on-board the buses, and on countdown screens at bus stops.


Other routes are likely to be diverted or altered as the impact of the roadworks becomes better understood. We will be monitoring the situation closely and may change diversions or curtailments as necessary. We will contact you again should the situation change.


We will look to restore all services to their normal destinations as soon as the traffic conditions allow.

Yours sincerely