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Public support for new bus route to Richmond

Owing to building works on the Kingston side of the river the 65 bus is currently being diverted over Kingston Bridge, through Hampton Wick, Lower Teddington, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, and then to Richmond.

Despite receiving little or no publicity, this temporary service is being very well used on this side of the river and the HWA and our friends at the Teddington Society are starting a campaign for a permanent route. To be clear, we are not suggesting that the 65 should be permanently re-routed – merely that the temporary route has highlighted a demand for a bus that takes people directly from Hampton Wick to Richmond via Tedddington and Twickenham.

The train service to Richmond is only twice an hour, reducing to once an hour on Sundays (assuming no engineering works). Furthermore, neither Hampton Wick station nor Richmond station is accessible for those who can’t manage steps.

Currently two buses are required to get from Hampton Wick to Richmond via Twickenham, so the attraction of one bus is that it is cheaper and quicker (no extra waiting) plus even cheaper than rail fares.

The point is made good by the fact that if today you ask TFL’s Journey Planner how to get from Hampton Wick to Richmond it suggests one obvious route: the 65 bus!

What do you think? Write to Councillor Peter Buckwell on to express your views.

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