Bus outside a tube station entrance

TfL’s bus review not stopping at the right places

13 November 2018

In its submission to Transport for London’s (TfL) consultation on the restructure of central London bus services, the London Assembly Transport Committee points out fundamental concerns with how the review is being conducted.


A pivotal issue is TfL’s proposals to reduce central London services without an indication that capacity will move to outer London areas - something proposed in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.


Other issues the Committee has raised include:


  • The consultation is not comprehensive enough – it does not allow Londoners to give views on how the network functions as a whole or address levels of service in different parts of London.
  • No mention of new orbital and express routes – the Mayor’s Transport Strategy indicated these would be introduced. High-capacity articulated vehicles could be used on these routes if the Mayor is bolder in his plans.
  • Disadvantages for disabled passengers – TfL has admitted an additional 36,000 people each day need will need to change buses on their journeys. These changes need to be made easier.



The Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, said:


“TfL’s bus consultation proposals are concerning.

“The Mayor’s Transport Strategy clearly states there will be an effort to shift bus service capacity from central London to outer London. It also proposes the introduction of orbital and express routes. Yet in TfL’s proposals there are no indications that this will be delivered.

“Importantly, the plans could leave many passengers with disabilities or mobility problems having to make more changes on their journeys.

 “Interchanges must be made easier for passengers, with adequate shelter, accurate and timely information, and shorter walking distances between stops at the very least

“As Chair of TfL, we urge the Mayor to rethink these plans. For people with disabilities and those who live in areas where there is no tube service, buses are a crucial lifeline.

“The Mayor cannot run the risk of losing the confidence of Londoners. Bus services must not be relegated to the back seat.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Labour Group disagree with the Committee's conclusions on Outer London bus capacity. The full text of their objection can be found in the Appendix to the letter.
  2. The letter is attached
  3. Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. London Assembly Transport Committee.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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