Some good bus news from Transport for London.
The 393 bus route, which has been extended to North Road on a temporary basis for nearly 2 years, has finally been made permanent. The route links North Road to Holloway Road and Highbury Corner, and runs on to Hackney via Highbury New Park. The Camden end of the route has been controversial: residents of Leighton Road in particular wanted an alternative routing along Agar Grove to be considered, so I appreciate it’s not happy news for them. But Islington residents on the many estates around North Road are delighted that their bus service has been retained.
The 38 bus route is going to be converted – at last! – from bendy to a double-decker; it’s due to happen in autumn this year. That should help reduce the mad congestion at bus-stops at the Angel and along Essex Road.
Also two of the existing bus routes that serve Islington, the no 30 and no 205, have been retendered. The number 30 will stay unchanged for the next 2 years: same route, frequency and type of vehicle. The 205 route is changing, with new vehicles and an extension from the current route end at the Grand Union Canal near Mile End to Bow Church, connecting with the DLR; the changes come into effect from the end of August.
A bit of trivia: the 205 runs past at least seven university and college sites: from the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Westminster on Marylebone Road, on past University College London, to City & Islington College, City University, London Met, and ending up at Queen Mary & Westfield College. Can any other London bus route rival that?