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Slowest bus routes in Newham revealed

07:00 23 February 2016

The number 5 bus from Canning Town to Romford

The number 5 bus from Canning Town to Romford

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Bus passengers stuck in London traffic have long debated whether it would be quicker to get off and walk, run or even Boris bike it to their final destination.

And as the latest figures from Transport for London (TfL) reveal, opting to skateboard or cycle could be an even better idea in Newham.

The east London borough has 10 low-performing bus routes – not including school routes or night buses – according to TfL statistics which show the average speed for every route in London between April and November last year.

The slowest route was the 147 school service from Hainault Street to Canning Town station which averaged an 7.1mph crawl, with 7.9mph in the opposite direction.

To give you an idea of how slow that is, a mouse typically runs at 8mph, and a chicken at 9mph.

The route, which passes near the Boleyn Ground, runs every eight minutes during the morning peak.

The number 388 from Stratford Station to Blackfriars fared little better with an average speed of 7.3 mph one way and 7.7mph the other.

Other painstaking routes include the 104 from Stratford to Manor Park/Gladding Road, the 238 from Stratford to Barking and the 330 from Wansted Park station to Canning Town.

All of the routes fall well below the London average of 9.3mph.

The 5 bus was the next slowest, travelling at an average of 9.1mph from Canning Town to Romford and 9.2mph the other way.

John Barry, TfL’s Head of Bus Network Development, said: “Bus routes to and from Newham travel through several congested areas, however, we’re working with boroughs to develop bus priority schemes which should help protect speeds and reliability.

“We’ve identified over 700 places on 24 routes in 17 boroughs, and we are also looking at several schemes in Newham, where improving bus movement or improving the flow of general traffic could achieve these goals.”

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