New bus routes and extended services are set to help residents in north-west London, Transport for London (TfL) has said

The network brought in two new services between Heathrow, Harrow and Hillingdon on Saturday (7 December).

The 278 runs from Heathrow to Hayes and Harlington station and Ickenham and West Ruislip Tube stops, while the X140 is an express service linking Harrow to the airport.

There are also new routes between Acton and Hammersmith, with the 306 from Acton to West Kensington and Fulham Broadway stations, and the 218 connecting North Acton, Acton High Street and Hammersmith.

Three routes have also been extended. The H9 and H10 now serve more of Northwick Park Hospital in Brent, and the 440 reaches more of Wembley.

The changes follow a 2017 consultation, which aimed to create better transport links in outer London.

Responses show 40 per cent of residents supported the new Heathrow services, with 5 per cent opposing the 278 and 9 per cent against the X140.

There was similar support for the 218 in Hammersmith, and 31 per cent of respondents backed the new 306 service.

Geoff Hobbs, director of public service planning at TfL said: “We are pleased to implement these changes to improve the bus network in outer London, with new bus routes and extensions to existing routes making bus services a convenient option for even more Londoners.

“The changes to the bus network will improve access for thousands of commuters to Tube and TfL Rail Services, and improve links to key services like local hospitals.”