Traffic congestion - buses

Are London’s bus routes on the right road?

10 January 2017

Buses are the busiest form of public transport in London. There are 675 bus routes, with around 9,000 buses in operation and over 19,000 bus stops. Around 2.5 billion bus passenger trips are made every year, that’s almost double the number made on London Underground. However, passenger numbers are declining and TfL has predicted 45 million fewer journeys will be made this year.

  • Is London’s bus network still fit for purpose?
  • How does TfL currently plan London’s bus network?
  • How do you go about making major changes to an existing bus network?

The London Assembly Transport Committee meets tomorrow to consider the overall design of the bus network and what changes to route planning could achieve better outcomes. The guests are:

  • Leon Daniels, Managing Director, Surface Transport, TfL
  • Gareth Powell, Director of TfL Strategy and Contracted Services
  • Dr Ronghui Liu, Associate Professor, Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds University
  • Katharina Winbeck, Head: Transport, Environment & Infrastructure, London Councils
  • Bob Scowen, Managing Director, Arriva London
  • Peter Batty, Commercial Director, Arriva London
  • Tim Pharoah, Independent transport and urban planning consultant

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 January from 10:00am in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the discussion using #AssemblyTransport and #BusNetwork


Notes to editors

  1. Agenda Papers
  2. Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  3. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.