Bus ridership drop (2)

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL's latest quarterly monitoring report states that TfL will take £48m lower bus fare income - from less passengers as a result of a deterioration in bus reliability - which was partly offset by higher income on Tube and London Rail. Do you therefore conclude that passengers no longer using buses are instead using the underground or rail services and, if so, has TfL assessed the impact that this trend is having on overcrowding on these modes?


Answer for Bus ridership drop (2)

Answer for Bus ridership drop (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transfers to the Tube and London Rail are not considered to be major factors explaining either the reduction in bus journeys last year or the continuing growth of rail passengers.

Most bus journeys are for short distances, of around 3km on average, and do not enter central London. The reduction in bus journeys has been experienced right across London and has affected all times of day and periods of the week.

The primary cause of the decline in bus demand is the deterioration in the reliability and speed of buses, through congestion caused by London's population growth and the construction of major highway and urban improvement schemes. The impacts of congestion are being mitigated thorough a range of measures, including schedule adjustments, bus priority lanes and active traffic management. Improving the speed and reliability of the bus network is a key priority for TfL, which - in the longer term - expects patronage to return and continue to grow in line with population growth.

The increase in demand on the Tube in 2015 has been in line with recent trends; around four per cent each year since 2010/11. Growth in demand so far this year is around 0.5 per cent higher than budgeted, but this can be explained by the robust growth in employment and general economic activity.