|London United VH45186 on route 65 to Ham.|
|A Gemini 2 with the unusally large logo on route 83.|
When I first heard that Ealing was getting a link to Harrow, my first reaction was "brilliant, I can finally head North West without having to change buses". However, the 483 is going to use Hanger Lane and take the most indirect route possible to get to Harrow, meaning that most people will use the 297 and 182 instead. What we can learn from this is that the 483 will be useful from Ealing Hospital-Ealing Broadway and for people in North Wembley (who get another bus service without losing another), but if you want to head North from Ealing just take the 297 and thank me later.
|Metroline DEL2069 at Ealing Broadway|
|When First London still had the 207....|
|A rather unusual blind display on DE1641 working route 226 at Ealing Broadway.|
|Metroline VW1207 on route 297 to Ealing Broadway|
|Metroline VW1820 on route 427 to Uxbridge.|
|A 607 on diversion.|
|Abellio London 2444 on the ridiculously short E1.|
|Metroline VW1213 on route E2 to Greenford Broadway|
|An E7 passes Greenford Lidl.|
|An E8 overtakes a 117 at West Thames College, Isleworth.|
|An Enviro 400 takes a rest from duties on route E9.|
The E9 is more of a relief route rather than one that creates new links, assisting the E2 up from Ealing to Greenford and then following the E7 up to Yeading, White Hart before doing a loop of the Barnhill Estate, where it terminates. TFL gave the route double deckers recently, as it can get very busy in the rush hour if the E2 fails to show up, but in the daytime you'll rarely see over 10 people on board so that's definitely the best time to do it!
|Arriva TGM 3427 on route E10 to Northolt.|
The E10 isn't very useful unless you live in Ferrymead and Smith's Farm, or you need to get to Northolt. It follows the 297 and E2 up to Greenford and then goes round-the-houses all the way up to Islip Manor, where it terminates. It's certainly not the most direct route to Northolt, but it'll get you there, unless you have to wait 60 minutes like I did once....
|London United SDE11 on route E11 to Greenford Broadway.|
So, that's all of the day routes from Ealing Broadway. You're probably thinking 'you can get to lots of places from Ealing, what's he on about' but let's breakdown where you can get to and where you can't.
- You can get to Brentford via the E2, but there are two other routes which can take you there too.
- You can get to Hounslow via the E8, which is very useful.
- You can get to Richmond and Kingston via the 65, which is useful too.
- You can get to Acton using the 207, but the 427 will take you there too. The 607 is only useful if you want to reach the Town Hall as it doesn't stop at Morrisons...
- You can get to Uxbridge, Westfield and Southall using the 607, but there is another route that takes you to both of those places.
- You can get to Greenford Broadway using the E1, but there are another five bus routes which do the same.
- You can get to Yeading, White Hart using the E9, but the E7 takes you there too.
- You can get to Northolt by using the E10.
- You can get to Northfields using the E2.
- You can get to South Ealing and Kew by using the 65.
- You can get to Park Royal, Harlesden, Cricklewood and Golders Green by using the 226.
- You can get to Brent Cross and Neasden by using the 112.
- You can get to Alperton and Wembley by using the 83, but the 297 will take you there too.
- You can get to Perivale by using the 297.
- You can get to Ruilsip by using the E7.
- There is no bus to Greenford Station, despite it being 5 minutes up the road from Greenford Broadway, with 6 routes going there. Extension of the E1 please!
- There is no bus to Hayes and Harlington (where the train station is and where lots of shops are) despite there being 3 buses serving the other part of Hayes. Not everyone uses GWR!
- There is no bus to Osterley, which has a retail park and a huge Tesco.
- There is no bus to Chiswick Business Park, an area which needs a link to Ealing Broadway Station, bearing in mind it has three lines! Extension of the E9 please!
- There is no bus to Chiswick itself, perhaps the E9 could go here too.
- There is no bus to Hammersmith, a very popular destination from Ealing. Not everyone uses the tube!
- There is no bus to West, North or East Acton, despite Ealing Broadway being a popular shopping destination for people living there. The Central Line is busy enough thanks!
- The only bus that will serve Harrow is stupidly indirect, therefore making it unattractive and forcing more people to either change buses or pay more to use the train.