Litter Bins at Bus Stops

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


Will you consider installing litter bins at all new bus stops or existing bus stops in London?


Answer for Litter Bins at Bus Stops

Answer for Litter Bins at Bus Stops

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

TfL's research in the mid 1990's showed that passengers do not appreciate a litter bin being within close proximity of the bus stop and timetable panel information because they:

- Can create a physical obstruction and reduce comfortable access to information, particularly for partially sighted or mobility impaired passengers. - May obstruct the smooth flow of passengers, as the stop post is in effect our `shop window' and forms the 'door way' to the bus. Any large obstructions attached to the post would conflict. - Are unpleasant particularly during the summer months, creating odours close to information panels which are read at close range.

The provision of litter bins is a responsibility of local authorities and we do requests that these are positioned sympathetically adjacent to the bus stop where possible. Guidelines setting out TfL's preference for the position of litter bins have been sent to all Council planning officers.