Express Bus Services

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


The 607 (Shepherd's Bush-Uxbridge) and the X26 (Heathrow-West Croydon) limited stop services seem very well patronised. Are you supportive in principle of limited stop services, and can we expect to see more of them?


Answer for Express Bus Services

Answer for Express Bus Services

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

Limited stop services work where the benefits to those who can use them are greater than the disadvantage to those who need to get on or off at stops in between. The presence or absence of parallel rail services and the ability of the road network to accommodate bus services with varying scheduled speeds are also factors.

Generally London has a large rail network, and a density of development which means there are often significant numbers of passengers at bus stops where the limited stop service does not call. The disbenefit to them is generally not outweighed by the benefits from faster journey times for those using the limited stop service.

In fact, it is often much more beneficial to achieve a speeding-up of all journeys through bus priority and ensuring buses can operate on convenient, direct alignments wherever possible. I am sure you would join me in supporting such sentiments. In the meantime, London Buses will continue to review whether limited stop services are worthwhile case by case as part of the regular review process.