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Route 99 replaces route 469

posted 25 Jan 2009, 07:36 by Keith Spink
It is over 23 years since bus route 99 visited Slade Green, but yesterday saw route 99 replace route 469 between Erith and Bexleyheath. This change gives Slade Green residents a number of improvements:
  • Route 99 runs every 12 minutes during the day (up from every 15 minutes with route 469)
  • Route 99 runs every 20 minutes during the evening (up from every 20 minutes with route 469)
  • Improved connections at Barnehurst from evening trains from London via Eltham to the 99 bus route towards Slade Green. This should be a do-able 4 minute change time from train to bus.
  • Improved journey times from Slade Green to Woolwich by bus (which is naturally much cheaper than taking the train).
This change however does mean Slade Green residents are left without:
  • a direct bus route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Woolwich).
  • a direct bus route to Abbey Wood and parts of Belvedere and Erith.
Overall, I’m pleased with the new bus service. Makes getting home from places like Eltham (via train and bus) or Bexleyheath easier, the improved frequency is always beneficial.

I was quite surprised that Selkent (the operator of route 99) was running double decker buses on this route yesterday. I wonder if this will be the norm.

View the latest timetable for bus route 99 (from London Bus Routes)
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See a history of bus route 99.