London gives buses priority in scores of schemes


Partnerships between Transport for London (TfL) and local boroughs delivered around 50 bus priority schemes across London last year.

TfL says a total of 116 new schemes will be in place by the end of April, as part of an ongoing £200m investment that is already speeding up journeys for passengers.

New schemes include changes to road layouts and junctions, some of which make small changes to routes possible to allow buses to avoid congested areas.

TfL says its most recently completed scheme in Battersea, which allows the 156 bus to turn right from northbound on Queenstown Road to eastbound on Battersea Park Road, will reduce average journey times by around a minute and a half in each direction in the morning and evening peaks.

Other schemes also allow new right turns or add bus-only slip roads or other bus lanes.

Mike Weston, TfL’s director of buses, 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 £200 million in modernising roads across the Capital so that bus passengers can avoid potential delays to their journeys. Fifty 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.’

Bus priority schemes are part of a range of measures in which TfL is investing to tackle increasing congestion caused by a construction boom and significant population growth.

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