Bus Driver Facility Improvements

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your response to Question 2019/2082, you suggested that 21 routes of the “42 priority routes” remain without guaranteed toilet facilities for bus drivers. Which routes are these? Are you satisfied that bus drivers on these routes meet the Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 (Regulation 20, Sanitary conveniences)?


Answer for Bus Driver Facility Improvements
Bus Driver Facility Improvements

Bus Driver Facility Improvements

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are 22 priority routes with a toilet and 20 for which plans are in place to provide them. Some of the 20 have access to toilets for some of the working day. Completing these prioritised facilities will ensure bus drivers have access for all hours of operation.

Transport for London (TfL) continues to work closely with the union Unite and bus operating companies to agree and adapt plans to ensure facilities are provided in the most needed locations. This is because the bus network is not static. Routes often change to reflect new travel patterns and third-party facilities can be withdrawn.

The regulations you mention chiefly relate to workplaces controlled by employers which, in the case of bus operators, would be their garages, where toilets are routinely provided. Bus operators, TfL and Unite are trying to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, toilets are provided elsewhere, mostly in areas outside their control and through third-parties, which is a far more challenging task. TfL is also trying to ensure that subsequent planned changes to bus routes factor in toilets.

Current list of priority routes with plans in place for toilets: 291, 88, R2, 124, 434, 234, 288, H20, R7, W8, 42, 292, 321, 427, 455, K3, 121, 281, 468, and 414