March 2022 update
TfL have responded to consultation below with revised proposals. These still include the withdrawal of the 271 service and the rerouting of the 263 through Highgate Village but now keeps the 143 route as it currently runs + extends the 234 from Highgate Wood to Archway via Archway Road. Here is an analysis for what this means for Highgate residents:
|Effect of proposals|
|Highgate Village, Highgate Hill and:|
|Finsbury Park||No change|
|Golders Green, Brent Cross||No change|
|Beyond Archway until Highbury||No change|
|Beyond Highbury until Moorgate||Now change at Highbury|
|Highgate Hill, Highgate Village, North Hill and:|
|East Finchley||Twice the frequency|
|Beyond East Finchley to Brent Cross||Now change at East Finchley|
|Beyond East Finchley until Barnet||New direct service|
|North Hill and:|
|Archway||Twice the frequency|
|Beyond Archway until Highbury||New direct service|
|Archway Road and:|
|Beyond Archway until Highbury||Half the frequency|
|East Finchley||No change|
|Beyond East Finchley to Barnet||Now change at East Finchley|
|Beyond East Finchley to Fortis Green||New direct service|
The following were their original proposals in December 2021:
TfL are proposing to merge route 271 with routes 21 and 263 to provide a new structure for the local bus network. The 263 would be re-routed via Highgate Village and the 21 would re-routed to run between Holloway and Lewisham. The day service on route 271 would no longer run, enabling removal of the bus stand on South Grove in Highgate Village. The 143 would be re-routed via Archway Road in place of route 263. New school route 620 would run between Archway Station and Bishop Douglass School, and new night route N271 would run between Moorgate, Finsbury Square and North Finchley. Their proposals aim to provide a frequency of bus service that better matches passenger numbers and simplifies the bus network while retaining key direct links for passengers.
For further information and additional maps on our proposed changes, or to let TfL know your views visit: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/routes-21-143-263-271 Alternatively, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to FREEPOST TFL HAVE YOUR SAY To have your say contact them by 9 January 2022.
If TFL actually remove the ugly former trolleybus turning circle it surely is incumbent on them to improve the street scene by eg creating a pedestrian priority area with decent paving etc. I have done a sketch for them to consider but they will probably say they have no money.
With the new proposals , how will I get from roads South of the Archway road to East Finchley if neither the 263 nor the 143 (in TFL’s new proposals) will now go that way ?
I am very elderly and am I expected to take a bus in the wrong direction to Archway to pick up the 263 and 143 or do I have to walk 20 minutes to Highgate Hill to find them. I soon may not be capable of doing the latter.