TfL Passenger Numbers (3)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Would you agree that the congestion caused by cycle superhighways which is slowing down bus speeds and increasing bus journey times is putting many people off from using buses?.


Answer for TfL Passenger Numbers (3)

Answer for TfL Passenger Numbers (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No. Cycle superhighways do not cause congestion, they are part of our strategic approach to reducing congestion. The vast majority of congestion - 75 per cent - is caused by too many motor vehicles on our roads with too few people in them. Other contributing factors include the large scale of general construction activity in London, rising levels of freight associated with online shopping deliveries and a huge growth in private hire traffic.

The construction of the cycle superhighways has - as all roadworks do -  some impact on journey times temporarily. However, journey times in these areas, and therefore bus speeds, have decreased in many cases to their pre-construction levels.

Increased congestion is one of a range of reasons why bus use has declined, along with the improved attractiveness of alternative modes and changes to travel behaviour. 

Transport for London is continuing to improve bus speeds through changes to intelligent traffic signalling, new approaches to give buses priority at junctions, and delivering the Bus Reliability programme that saw 148 schemes delivered last year.