Making Bus Priority Work



Making Bus Priority Work

Authors

KING N, Consultant to Oscar Faber and BODE C, Oscar Faber, UK

Description

The first bus lane in London was introduced in 1968. Since then, there have been numerous initiatives to develop bus priority in London - Route Studies, "Speedbus", GLC programmes linked to the "Fares Fair" policy, Demonstration Projects, London Bus Prior

Abstract

The first bus lane in London was introduced in 1968. Since then, there have been numerous initiatives to develop bus priority in London - Route Studies, "Speedbus", GLC programmes linked to the "Fares Fair" policy, Demonstration Projects, London Bus Priority Network (LBPN), etc. All of these have been successful to some degree, protecting buses from the effects of congestion. However, they have never succeeded in raising the generally poor image of the bus. Indeed some say that the bus priority has simply protected the bus against the increasing levels of congestion.

In traffic management terms, the main limitation of the projects has been the failure to tackle the most difficult locations where delays to buses are greatest. The efficiency of a bus route is dictated by the weakest links along it. This has generally been compounded by the policy of trying to achieve bus priority whilst maintaining existing traffic flows.

Publisher

Association for European Transport