TfL to bring in more 24 hour bus lanes

Transport for London have today announced a trial over the summer which will see more bus lanes in operation 24/7.

However, “disabled parking bays, Blue Badge parking facilities and most loading bays will also be retained in the trial” so not all will be clear day and night.

Plumstead station parking is notorious both at bus stops and lanes

And whether it’s enforced remains to be seen. Notorious parking in bus lanes on Plumstead Road has gone on for many years day and night.

In other areas bus lanes are being removed. one such area covered on this site is Creek Road in Deptford:

This bus lane on Creek Road is to be removed

Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations, at TfL, said: “This pandemic has changed the way we all live, work and travel. For that reason, we need to adapt our network, be flexible and continue to help people travel safely and reliably as London gets back on its feet.

“The proposed changes to the operational hours of bus lanes will have significant benefits for bus passengers and people cycling beyond the current hours of operation, many of which were introduced years ago in a very different situation. We will carefully consider all feedback to ensure the trial has the greatest benefit to the greatest number of people and supports London’s recovery from coronavirus.”

The trial lasts for six months.




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6 thoughts on “TfL to bring in more 24 hour bus lanes

  • Good in principle but give us more buses so more people can get to work with out having to let two or three full buses go past before people can get on a bus and complete their journey. With more people currently shielding being able to return to work from Monday 3rd August.

  • Bus lanes are a good thing in certain roads at certain times on certain days. But having them in operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week is overkill and unnecessary. I cannot think of one road in Greenwich Borough (apart from a2 northbound and Blackwall Tunnel approach) which would be busy between the hours of 9pm and 6am for example.

    • Tons of roads are busy between 9am and 6pm.

      Charlton Way. Shooters Hill Road. Creek Road. College Approach. Romney Road. Blackwall Lane. Woolwich Road. Trafalgar Road. Bugsby’s Way.

      Bumper to bumper.

    • Also, if car drivers can manage with one fewer lane at peak times, why would they need that lane back when there’s fewer drivers on the road at off peak times?

      • Yes i agree Ed. A lot of bus lanes are currently in operation from 7 am to 10 am in the morning peak and 4pm to 7 pm in the evening peak for example. But most drivers still do not use the bus lanes outside of these times and still form one lane of traffi,, Acadmey Road at Woolwich Common is one example where this happens a lot.

        A lot of roads around the Borough are busy between 9pm and 6am. Westhorne Avenue in Eltham is another very busy road 24/7 365 days of the year.

        It is surprising how many vehicles are about during the night.

  • It is nice to think that most of people use buses to commute which is wrong, now only buses, motorbikes, black cabs and cyclist can use that lane, I always wonder if tfl have ever been on London roads. At pick time; when cyclist are using the bus lanes, buses, black cabs have to change lane. When only them who are allowed to use the lane then obviously the pollution level gonna go up the roof. These will cause chaos and death.


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