Bus travel planning

For information on bus services, visit the Intalink Partnership at 

The Intalink Journey planner provides maps and timetables and even allows you to track the location of your bus.

Other Journey Planners are also available including the Travel line Journey Planner (providing routes and times for all travel in Great Britain) Transport for London (TFL) Journey Planner (for travel in and around London). You can find live bus times by using the Travel Line SMS service here.

Intalink tickets allow unlimited travel across Hertfordshire using a range of bus service operators, so you don't need to buy separate tickets for each route - ticket offers here

The Intalink Partnership represents the operators and Local Authorities in Hertfordshire to develop better coordinated bus and rail services. Intalink is currently producing a Plan to improve Bus Services. For more information, visit the Intalink Bus Service Improvement Plan page here.

Public bus services in Hertfordshire are provided by commercial firms, with some subsidised by Hertfordshire County or Three Rivers District Council, which contributes to five key routes around the District.

Bus passes
Hertfordshire County Council is responsible for the administration of the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (Free Bus Pass Scheme), for residents in Hertfordshire.

Bus infrastructure

The Better Buses Infrastructure Programme enables the District Council to meet both its economic and social objectives (supporting people to travel locally to services i.e. local schools, business and leisure facilities that they could not otherwise access) as well as its sustainability objectives (to reduce car use to improve the quality of the local environment).

The District Council looks to improve bus infrastructure with the installation of new bus shelters at bus stops where one isn't currently provided or installing additional shelters at stops where bus usage is high and additional capacity is needed (e.g. schools).

If you know of a bus stop location that is frequently used but doesn't have a shelter, you can request one here and the District Council will investigate:

What bus services are supported by the District Council?

The District Council currently supports services on 4 routes. Some services are partly commercial and some are partly supported by the County Council.


The R9 service connects Abbots Langley with Watford town centre and key local destinations including Kings Langley Station, major supermarkets and Leavesden Country Park.

This service was introduced following the withdrawal of a commercial route, the R8 aimed at shoppers, many of whom use concessionary passes., to ensure the connection of Kings Langley (Station Road/Primrose Hill area) and Abbots Langley with a direct service to the above destinations, that would not otherwise be easily accessible by public transport .

W19 and 8

This service connects Carpenders Park station (serving both Carpenders Park and South Oxhey) with Watford North Bushey - Carpenders Park via North Watford, Watford Junction and the town centre.


The R16 is a circular service that connects  South Oxhey with the Watford shopping centres. This service is supported to provide a service for people without car access and to encourage a switch to the bus.  A shopper service (R17) also operates to Morrisons in Hatch End.


New real-time bus information displays installed across Three Rivers


Electronic displays have been installed at bus stops across Three Rivers - providing passengers with real-time updates to help encourage more people to travel by bus.

The new information displays, funded by Three Rivers District Council, are now in operation at 15 bus shelters across the district.

The system is designed to encourage regular bus use by providing live bus location information to waiting passengers, reducing uncertainty and hopefully increasing bus use.

Cllr Paul Rainbow, the council’s Lead Member for Transport and Economic Development, said: “Waiting for a bus can be an uncertain business, especially if you live with mobility issues, and can even lead to potential passengers deciding to take alternative modes of transport.

“These new information displays will give passengers much more certainty, with live updates so they know exactly when the next bus will arrive and if there have been any delays.”

The new displays have been installed at bus shelters at the following locations: 

Road name Town/Village
Tibbs Hill Road (opp. The Compasses PH) Abbots Langley
Tibbs Hill Road (adj. Summerhouse Way) Abbots Langley
Delta Gain (shops Stop F) Carpenders Park
Delta Gain (shops Stop G) Carpenders Park
New Road (adj. Dickinson Square) Croxley Green
New Road (opp. Dickinson Square) Croxley Green
Watford Road (Croxley Station) Croxley Green
North Orbital Road A405 (St. Michaels School) Garston
North Orbital Road A405 (Bucknalls Lane) Garston
Aerodrome Way (opp. Studios) Leavesden
Aerodrome Way (o/s Studios) Leavesden
Carpenders Park Station South Oxhey
Prestwick Road (adj. Heysham Drive) South Oxhey
Prestwick Road (opp. Heysham Drive) South Oxhey