500 new buses (1)

MQT on 2014-12-17
Session date: 
December 17, 2014
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your forward to the 2014 TfL Business Plan says, "More than 500 extra buses will help meet rising demand and carry almost three million more passenger journeys a week". Please show in what financial years these extra 500 buses will be delivered


Answer for 500 new buses (1)

Answer for 500 new buses (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The bus network will be increased by 5 per cent in net kilometres between now and 2020 equivalent to a 500-vehicle rise in the bus fleet.  I cannot give you the exact routes they will ply.

Their deployment will develop in response to customer demand. Currently the network is regularly adjusted to meet demand and protect reliability

TfL will identify the routes where the extra vehicles and mileage will be most effective to support passenger growth, new homes and business developments, additional employment and economic activity, and, of course, to alleviate overcrowding.

The extra vehicles will enable increased service frequencies and better transport connections to key growth areas, such as parts of outer London like Barking Riverside, and schemes to mitigate the effects of increased traffic on bus journeys.