Bus lanes

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The BBC reported that five of the 20 most 'lucrative' bus lanes in the country were found in London and concerns have been raised about the clarity of signage around bus lanes.  Will you look at how to improve the clarity of signage on TfL roads?


Answer for Bus lanes

Answer for Bus lanes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Millions of Londoners rely on buses every day and bus lanes are critical to the reliability of bus journey times and the service that Transport for London (TfL) provides to its customers.

Enforcement of bus lanes is necessary not as a means of generating income but to deliver reliable journeys. London has by far the largest urban bus network in the UK which is why the overall level of enforcement is higher in London than elsewhere.

Bus lanes are clearly marked by a solid white line separating them from the rest of the carriageway, supplemented by 'bus lane' road markings and in many cases by red surfacing in the bus lane. The hours of operation are shown on traffic signs and repeated at regular intervals, depending on the local environment.

I believe TfL's signing of bus lanes strikes an appropriate balance between the amount of traffic signage and the appearance of the street. TfL will look at any specific locations where you think the signage is not clear.