Just a short time remains for residents of Harrow to voice their opinions on Transport for London’s (TfL) proposal to extend a local bus route, which could benefit thousands of households in the area.
TfL has initiated a live consultation to gather feedback on the plans to extend route 223, which currently runs between Wembley Central and Harrow bus station, and aims to extend it to a new terminus at Barratt London’s Eastman Village while passing through Harrow View.
The proposed extension is expected to provide a convenient and efficient transportation link for approximately 3,200 households at Eastman Village, as well as for residences and businesses along Harrow View. By running partially alongside a stretch of route H14, the extension would increase the number of buses connecting the housing development with Harrow Town Centre and Northwick Park Hospital, resulting in reduced waiting times for commuters.
Moreover, Harrow residents would gain a direct bus link to Wembley Stadium and various amenities in the surrounding area. The frequency of the current route 223 service would remain unchanged, with three buses per hour during weekdays and Saturdays, and two buses per hour on Sundays and evenings throughout the week.
TfL aims to promote sustainable and accessible transportation options as alternatives to private cars. The proposed extension aligns with these objectives and forms part of several upcoming bus consultations in outer London, leveraging the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to maximize its benefits. TfL is actively seeking public input on the proposed extension before the consultation period concludes on Sunday, June 4.
Geoff Hobbs, TfL’s Director of Public Transport Planning, said: “It’s an exciting time for the Harrow area with new developments such as the Eastman Village. With thousands of people moving into the area it’s vital we provide a frequent bus service Harrow residents can rely on to get where they need to be, whether that’s to schools, local amenities or connecting transport services to a whole range of destinations in London.
“Better bus routes will also help to strengthen alternatives to the private car ahead of the ULEZ expanding London-wide. We’re grateful to everyone who’s already shared their views with us on our proposals, and encourage anyone who’s not yet had their say to get in touch over the next week so their views can be taken into consideration.”
The proposed extension aligns with the Mayor of London’s Harrow and Wealdstone Opportunity Area, which aims to introduce 5,000 new homes and 1,000 new jobs by 2041. Enhancing the quality of bus services in Opportunity Areas and housing developments constitutes a key aspect of TfL’s ambitious Bus Action Plan.
Residents can access the consultation through the website www.tfl.gov.uk/223-extension. Feedback can be submitted online, via post, or over the phone, with options available for an Easy Read version and a British Sign Language video.
Should the proposed extension receive approval, it is expected to be implemented by early 2024, benefiting the Harrow community with improved transportation connectivity and accessibility.