Unnecessary bus lanes

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Are there unnecessary bus lanes in parts of London?


Answer for Unnecessary bus lanes

Answer for Unnecessary bus lanes

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

No. All bus lane proposals are carefully assessed prior to installation to ensure they effectively deliver the expected outcomes and benefits. Bus lanes are also monitored following implementation to test the schemes validity and design. As with any traffic management intervention, scheme outcomes can change with changing traffic patterns. Where amendments to bus lanes are necessary they are programmed to take place at the earliest opportunity.

The majority of bus lanes are, of course, also beneficial to cyclists and taxis.

The projected population and job increases in London will consequently increase the level of demand for travel. In the short and medium term buses will be the main mode of transport to satisfy this increased demand. To maintain a high quality service measures have to be introduced and maintained that minimise the impact of congestion and delays to bus services.