Passenger Numbers on Buses

MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


While there are more than two billion passenger journeys a year on the bus in London, numbers are in decline. Between 2014/15 and 2016/17, the number of passenger journeys made on buses dropped by six per cent. Traffic speeds in London have dropped from 9.8mph three years ago, to 9.2 mph today. Is the reason for the decline in numbers predominantly due to the rise in traffic congestion on the roads?


Answer for Passenger Numbers on Buses

Answer for Passenger Numbers on Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Tackling the deterioration in bus speeds and reliability is an urgent priority for TfL. High-quality bus services are essential to deliver my target of increasing the share of travel by public transport, walking and cycling to 80 per cent by 2041.

Since 2014/15 bus passenger journeys have reduced by 5.6 per cent, following many years of growth. A principal cause is increasing congestion driven by population growth, major roadworks and other improvement schemes, which result in slower bus journeys across the network. Recent analysis has shown that as implementation of road schemes has slowed, a stabilisation of bus speeds has occurred when looking at year-on-year trends.

Tackling the deterioration in bus speeds and reliability still remains an urgent priority for TfL. As of September, TfL has delivered 58 of 169 planned bus priority schemes for 2017-18 across 20 London boroughs, both on the TLRN network and borough road networks.

Additionally, as part of regular network reviews undertaken by TfL, resources will be redistributed to ensure they meet changes in passenger demand, maintain network reliability and improve journey times.

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