Bus Service Volume

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 shows you forecast there will be a bus service volume of 486 million kilometres in 2017/18 compare with a forecast of 497 million kilometres in your previous business plan. Forecasts for 2021/22 have changed from 497 million kilometres in the old business plan to 449 million kilometres in the new business plan. How will London's bus service change given this large 10% reduction in the amount of services offered?


Answer for Bus Service Volume

Answer for Bus Service Volume

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This reflects the changing way that Londoners travel, with parts of central London becoming increasingly accessible by walking and cycling and by other forms of public transport. With the arrival of the Elizabeth line from the end of next year, schemes such as the proposed transformation of Oxford Street, and new cycling routes across London, we need to review the bus network to make sure the service is matching demand.

The size of the bus network, as measured by kilometres operated, will be reduced by around seven per cent between 2017/18 and 2022/23. The Business Plan shows that our intention is to begin increasing bus kilometres again towards the end of the period to reflect future changes to travel patterns and demand for bus services. Transport for London is matching services to demand in inner/central London while still supporting excellent access and complementing wider schemes. Service reductions will be implemented in an equitable way across the city, ensuring the optimal balance of capacity provision.