Bus speed on roads re-opened to two-way traffic

MQT on 2019-07-18
Session date: 
July 18, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Two major roads in central London have recently reopened to two-way traffic for buses: Baker Street and Tottenham Court Road. There have been serious collisions between buses and pedestrians in February on Baker Street and twice in June on Tottenham Court Road. Will Transport for London (TfL) lower the speed limit to 10 mph for buses operating on such streets?


Answer for Bus speed on roads re-opened to two-way traffic
Bus speed on roads re-opened to two-way traffic

Bus speed on roads re-opened to two-way traffic

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Trying to impose lower speeds for buses along these roads would not be likely to enhance safety. In fact, making buses go slower than other vehicles might have the opposite effect, encouraging overtaking and putting road users at risk.

In the case of the recent collisions in Tottenham Court Road, the vehicles involved were travelling at around 10mph, and the severity of injuries was thankfully relatively low. Bus operators also briefed drivers about the road layout changes and undertook a bus test before the road opened.

Transport for London has a holistic approach to reducing collisions as well as the severity of injuries. It encourages operators to work together to highlight all factors that might put safety at risk and find common solutions. It encourages safer driving through its latest bus driver training programme, Destination Zero, and is using technology such as Intelligent Speed Assistance and the new Bus Safety Standard to design out as much risk as possible on our roads, supporting my Vision Zero approach.