TfL's New Business Plan - 'Bus Priority Scheme' (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Reference: 
2014/5850
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Please explain how £200m 'bus priority scheme' be delivered in partnership with local councils. A) How will the funding be allocated across London? B) What role will local councils play in this scheme? C)What will this scheme comprise - please give the list of items-improvement the scheme will deliver? D) Will the boroughs be able to choose their own priorities?

Answer

Answer for TfL's New Business Plan - 'Bus Priority Scheme' (1)

Answer for TfL's New Business Plan - 'Bus Priority Scheme' (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Bus Priority Delivery Portfolio objectives are to:

       reduce the impact from expected increases in traffic levels and congestion on bus journey times and reliability by easing of movement through key junctions;

       support the Roads Modernisation Plan by introducing schemes to maintain bus reliability on routes likely to be impacted by new measures in Central London; and

       unlock Growth and Opportunity Areas identified in the London Plan, supporting growth and creating and improving public transport links at these locations.

Proposed schemes will be assessed and prioritised against set criteria relating to the Bus Priority Delivery Portfolio objectives set out above.

As of the end of 2014, TfL has engaged with all local authority groups individually to encourage the development of potential bus priority schemes. Once details of potential schemes have been received, TfL will assess bids based on evidence of improved bus journey times and reliability. The allocation of these funds will be prioritised towards the delivery of these benefits.

The programme is currently being defined and will include a range of measures delivered on both TLRN and local roads in partnership with relevant boroughs. The types of schemes may include (but not be limited to) new bus lanes, extending bus lanes, altering bus lane operational hours, bus gates, revisions to turning movements, improved road alignment, inset parking and changes to parking, and loading restrictions. The programme will also deliver wider benefits such as road safety, cycling and improvements to the urban realm.