A temporary timetable for the 128 bus route has been introduced, starting today, because of the road works at Gants Hill and Green Lane. Buses will operate in two sections: Claybury to Ilford High Road and Ilford Chapel Road to Romford. Monday to Friday daytime frequency on Claybury-Ilford section reduced from every 12 minutes to every 14 minutes.
Meanwhile, Boris's campaign to exterminate the bendy-buses is moving to Ilford. From June next year, the existing 39 articulated buses on the 25 route will be replaced with 59 new double deckers, so don't expect to see any increase in available road space!
London has a complex route network and service frequency that must be the envy of many parts of the country where, even in large built-up areas, the services that do exist dry up at tea time but TfL seems to have lost the way, somewhere.
On the one hand, new routes have been introduced to cover previously bus-less areas, frequencies and hours of service increased, etc. whilst on the other, we have seen projects such as the expensive abomination of Ilford Lane which has has the effect of causing the maximum of congestion to all forms of road transport including the much vaunted East London far from Rapid Transit which doesn't even have a physical connection with the truncated 179 route in Ilford in the northbound direction!
One wonders what effect the expensive,lengthy works that TfL are undertaking at Gants Hill will have on traffic flow that couldn't have been achieved much sooner and at considerably lower cost by the simple expedient of installing correctly phased traffic lights on the existing road system.