Transport for London’s trial which saw bus lanes on the TfL Road Network 24-hour last year is to be made permanent.
TfL claim they made bus journeys quicker, and this was felt particularly “in central and inner London, especially in both the mornings and evenings and throughout Sundays.”
Around 95 per cent of roads in London are borough-managed. In Greenwich borough, for example, very few roads are TfL Road Network.
Of those roads, even fewer have bus lanes.
In Greenwich borough roads that are impacted include Academy Road, Well Hall Road and Eltham Road in Eltham.
Across London 85km – or around 50 miles – of bus lane went 24-hour. They are more extensive in the centre and other parts of the capital.
The trial saw Blue Badge parking and taxi access retained.
What could really boost London’s bus speeds in all areas are cameras equipped to the front of buses which could take images of cars parked and blocking lanes. This happens in other cities such as New York, and would help areas with chronic issues such as Plumstead. Greenwich seem unable or unwilling to enforce.
24 hour bus lanes are set to formally be introduced early in 2022.