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316 bus route extended to new Brent Cross West station 

The extended route will be in place for the opening of the new station on Sunday

Sianage at Brent Cross West Station with inset image of London bus
Main Image: TfL Inset image: Photo by Andreea Oprean on Unsplash

Route 316 will be extended to the new Brent Cross West National Rail station when it opens this Sunday 10th December. 

The bus route, which currently operates between White City bus station and Cricklewood bus garage, will be extended from Cricklewood bus garage via Edgware Road to Brent Cross West station (Geron Way) to serve the western entrance of the new station. 

There will be no change to the frequency or the times of the first or last buses. 

Route 316 will continue to run every 8 minutes during the daytime on Monday to Saturdays and every 12 minutes during the evening and all day on Sundays. 

The extension of the bus route will increase bus services in the area to meet the expected demand for people wanting to access Brent Cross Town and the new station, as well as the development along the Brent Cross Cricklewood section of the Edgware Road Brent Cross West Station will connect central London to Brent Cross in as little as 12 minutes, with up to eight trains an hour at peak times. 

There will be direct connections to Luton Airport Parkway (for Luton international airport) as well as connections to Elizabeth Line services via Farringdon station.

The new station will also connect the areas of Barnet and Brent via a new overbridge, which will be free to access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The station is essential to unlocking wider development in the area and has been designed as a gateway to a new neighbourhood called Brent Cross Town. Brent Cross Town will deliver 6,700 new homes, 3 million sq ft of offices creating space for 25,000 employees, along with a new high street. 

Geoff Hobbs, TfL’s Director of Public Transport Service Planning, said: “We are constantly improving and adapting our bus network, working with local councils and partners, to ensure our bus services are able to get customers from A to B and connecting to new developments such as Brent Cross West station and Brent Cross Town. We aim to always offer affordable and sustainable public transport options where possible. This is a very exciting time for the local area and we’ll continue our work to improve public transport for people in the local area and beyond.” 

TfL consulted on a number of changes in the Brent Cross area earlier this year to adapt and develop the bus network to serve the new Brent Cross West rail station, the growing Brent Cross Town community and other developments around Edgware Road. 

The service changes will be introduced in stages, in line with the pace of redevelopment in the Brent Cross Town area and expected demand levels. The consultation report can be found here: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/brent-cross-bus-changes 

The next change, to be introduced early in the new year, will be the re-routing of 189 (which operates between Brent Cross shopping centre and Marble Arch) to serve the eastern side of the station Govia Thameslink Railway will manage Brent Cross West station.


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