Consultation over bus types

Plenary on 2002-03-13
Session date: 
March 13, 2002
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


What consultation, if any, has the Chairman of TfL carried out to determine the type of bus people prefer? Will the Chairman comment on my own consultation of residents in my constituency concerning bus routes 406, 272 and 485 where residents have indicated a preference for small, less frequent buses rather than the large ones which it is proposed to redirect onto quiet residential roads? .


Answer for Consultation over bus types

Answer for Consultation over bus types

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Improving access to the bus network, for everyone who wishes to use it, is an important part of my Transport Strategy. The aim is to create a more comprehensive, frequent network of services, linking residential areas with employment centres, shops, hospitals, schools and transport interchanges. The changes to routes 406, 272 and 485 are proposed to achieve this. The type of bus and frequency of service depends on passenger requirements, and the physical suitability of the roads.

TfL have received comments from some local residents stating a preference for small buses. Buses have got bigger in recent years to allow for passenger requirements and, in particular, to provide the step free entrance, wider aisle and wheelchair space.

TfL wants to make bus services as convenient and attractive to passengers as possible. When talking to passengers, improving frequencies is always at, or near, the top for their list of requirements. TfL consults with local authorities and the police about service changes, to ensure that the routes meet local needs and can be operated safely. The proposals are then presented to stakeholders, including a letter drop to affected residents, seeking their views. With routes 406 and 485, TfL has not yet reached that stage, as discussions are still in progress about the general strategy of serving the areas concerned. Consultation on new route 272 recently ended, and TfL is evaluating the responses received. .