Bus Safety Programme

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your latest TfL business plan says TfL are already trialling new technologies as part of their bus safety programme. Can you provide more details on what technologies you are trialling?


Answer for Bus Safety Programme

Answer for Bus Safety Programme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response to the number of casualties on London's bus network, Transport for London (TfL) launched the Bus Safety Programme in February 2016. The programme aims to continue to drive down the number of people killed or seriously injured on the bus network; reduce the number of injuries as a result of on board slips, trips and falls and reverse the increase in (predominately damage only) collisions.

As part of the Bus Safety Programme, TfL is developing a new Bus Safety Standard.

This will identify a package of safety measures including elements of primary safety (to prevent collisions) and secondary safety (to mitigate the impact of collisions) such as:

- Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) or other collision avoidance systems

- Front of bus and mirror design

- Internal bus design

- Technology to prevent pedal confusion.

These technologies and design features are currently being identified and tested by the Transport Research Laboratory and our manufacturer delivery partners to be incorporated into new route contracts from the end of 2018.

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) which will also form part of the wide-ranging Bus Safety Standard will be fitted to new buses from December 2017.