£200m London bus priority
A £200m investment in new bus priority schemes in London is taking affect. Over 100 of the schemes will be in place by April this year. Part of this programme is designed to help buses get through congested areas quicker and more reliably. The new schemes include changes to road layouts and junctions, as well as the enabling of small changes to routes so buses can avoid traffic hotspots. The most recently completed scheme, in Battersea, allows route 156 buses to make a right turn from northbound on Queenstown Road to eastbound on Battersea Park Road. It is expected to reduce average journey times by around a minute and a half in each direction in the morning and evening peaks, which TfL says benefits approximately 800,000 passengers a year. Around 50 bus priority schemes were delivered across the Capital in 2015 and a total of 116 will be in place by the end of April. These improvements will benefit passengers in 17 London boroughs right across the Capital.
TfL’s Director of Buses, Mike Weston, said, ‘London’s continued success means that it is a very busy city with a huge range of construction projects underway, particularly in central London, and this is having an effect on traffic. To ensure that the bus network remains reliable and efficient, we are investing £200m in modernising roads across the capital so that bus passengers can avoid potential delays to their journeys. 50 schemes were completed last year and there are dozens more that will be completed over the next few months, ensuring that bus journeys are as quick and easy as possible. We’re working 24-hours a day to relieve congestion through our Traffic Control Centre and cracking down on illegal or inconsiderate drivers through our expanded team of dedicated traffic enforcement officers.’