|When the 436 used to terminate at Paddington...|
So far, the 436 extension has been unpopular among enthusiasts and the general public, with very few people using the section between Vauxhall and Battersea Park. When I covered the changes on a Tuesday evening, I didn't spot a single bus with more than 2 people on board! If the 156 and 344 don't show up for a while, I imagine the 436 might have some use, but that section will carry fresh air until these homes are built!
|WHV16 stands at Battersea Park.|
The other route that has been changed is the 452, which also carries fresh air between Battersea Park and Vauxhall. The service has become very unreliable, with large gaps and bunching a occurring frequently. Additionally, Battersea garage are struggling to allocate the blinded buses on the 452, with 59-reg appearing the route very frequently, displaying Wandsworth Road Station on the front instead of Vauxhall, which is very misleading for the few passengers who want to use it! I waited 14 minutes for one to show up at Battersea Park Station, only to find it had incorrect blinds! The bus was completely empty after Wandsworth Road Station and doesn't serve much purpose along the A306 corridor, merely supporting the 77/87 for a few stops. There is also a driver change at Queenstown Road Station, which makes the journey very cumbersome. There isn't any demand from Battersea Park-Vauxhall either, as the 156/344/436 provide a much quicker alternative.
At Vauxhall, I decided to wait for a blinded 452 to show up, but another 59-reg came after 2 minutes... It was another 17 minutes for the next bus and I was patient enough to wait for it, but the service is very unreliable and the new section is severely underused. Although it makes sense to terminate it at a transport hub with onward tube, rail and bus links, the extension serves no purpose and has made the route almost impossible to use.
|After 30 minutes of waiting, this blinded E400 finally decided to show up!|
Poll update: Route 180 is winning by a mile, so if you want your preferred to route to be reviewed, please vote on the poll near the top of the page. There are only 10 votes so far!
Route Ratings update: I finally updated this page with a few routes, so please check it out in case your local/favourite has been updated! http://londonbusesonthego.blogspot.co.uk/p/routes-ive-done-end-to-end.html