N15 Extension to Queens Hospital, Romford

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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What work has been done to assess the viability of extending the N15 route to Queens Hospital, Romford, to make public transport more accessible for those working unsocial shifts?

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Queen’s Hospital is served by routes 193, 496, 498 and N128. These day routes run during early mornings and late evenings and are running when most shifts start and finish. Route N128 currently serves Queen’s Hospital throughout the night and only generates around five trips per night to and from the hospital. It provides the same connections between Romford and Becontree Heath that would be achieved by rerouting or extending the N15. Extending route N15 would create a circuitous route around Romford that is unlikely to be attractive to customers and would require an extra vehicle to run it.

Alternatively, rerouting the N15 to match the N128 would leave South Street and the surrounding housing without a night route. More passengers board and alight on South Street on route N15 than board and alight at Queen’s Hospital on the N128. This would indicate more passengers would be adversely affected by rerouting the N15 than would benefit.

Therefore, Transport for London is not considering rerouting the N15 at this time.