Record year for TfL
Record numbers of people are using London’s buses, according to TfL’s 2014/15 annual report, which showed around half a billion more public transport journeys now take place compared to five years ago. In 2014/15 there were nearly 2.4bn passenger journeys on the capital’s buses. This represents over half of all bus journeys taken in England. Customer satisfaction and service reliability on the city’s bus network remain at near-record levels.
The bus network saw a major boost through TfL’s business plan with funding for over 500 extra buses, equivalent to an extra 2.9m journeys each week. An additional £200m was also confirmed for improving bus reliability. Routes have been extended in Haringey, Islington, Mitcham and Southwark. More buses have been introduced to the popular night routes serving Shoreditch and Hackney. The extra buses will also be used to improve transport connections to key growth areas, such as Barking Riverside and Elephant and Castle, providing high quality bus routes between new residential areas and local town centres. 80% of bus stops are now accessible after £8.4m investment with the number of accessible stops doubling since 2008. At least 95% of bus stops on London’s roads are expected be accessible by 2016.