274 bus routes

MQT on 2018-09-13
Session date: 
September 13, 2018
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Metroline (with the permission of Transport for London) intend on replacing the single decker 274 bus with double-deckers. This has been done without consultation, and poses major complaints in areas such as Agar Grove in Camden, where trees have been trimmed back and enabling work has started. Will you ask TfL to reconsider this decision, and do a proper assessment of the impact of the decision, taking into account the strength of the road to take heavier vehicles, and the impact on water pipes, of which several have already burst locally due to other heavy construction vehicle traffic?


Answer for 274 bus routes

Answer for 274 bus routes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Buses will change from single to double-deck vehicles on the 274 because of the rising demand for services on weekends, as well as wider air quality initiatives to introduce ultra-clean vehicles to this part of London. Different vehicle types are only introduced on suitable roads in line with highway requirements, working with boroughs to make minor road layout modifications if necessary.


The 274 route has been tested in line with Transport for London’s (TfL’s) normal procedures and deemed suitable to run double deck vehicles. However, since the route test, some trees have grown over the road and now need to be pruned. TfL has notified residents of these proposed changes.


As TfL makes so many adjustments to the bus network to ensure capacity matches demand, it cannot consult every time there is a change to service frequencies or vehicles. However, the TfL website is also regularly updated with any changes to bus services https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/bus-service-changes. TfL is also working to get better at informing local stakeholders of such changes. It has been engaging with officers from Camden Council regarding the 274, and will continue to work with them to resolve any issues raised by residents.


Using double deck buses is a more efficient use of road space, reduces the number of trips per hour thus slightly reducing congestion and improving air quality. It also provides additional resilience at weekends when large groups travel to and from London Zoo.