Orbital bus routes

MQT on 2011-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2011
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Please give an update on the statement on page 5 of your election manifesto 'I will commission a trial of orbital express bus routes for outer London. I believe they should be designed as a distinct mode of transport connecting, for example, key rail terminals initially across South London with coach style vehicles and a limited number of stops. The fares should be no more expensive than current bus fares and should include full Oyster access'. You further state that 'if successful, we will expand this to other parts of North London'. Has the 'trial' thus been deemed unsuccessful?


Answer for Orbital bus routes

Answer for Orbital bus routes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response received on 7 March 2011:

The trial to enhance the service on the X26 demonstrated that services of this type require high subsidy for the benefit they deliver. Given the wider funding position, it was decided that spending any available funds in other ways could deliver greater benefit to the travelling public.