Uxbridge Road Bus Priority Demonstration Project
GARDNER K, London Transport Buses and METZGER D, London Borough ofEaling, UK
The bus is the only immediate solution to London's congestion problems - but without proper priority measures it can never fulfil its potential. LT Buses, Ealing, Hammersmith/Fulham, and Hillingdon Councils and CentreWest Buses, has over the last four yea
The bus is the only immediate solution to London's congestion problems - but without proper priority measures it can never fulfil its potential. LT Buses, Ealing, Hammersmith/Fulham, and Hillingdon Councils and CentreWest Buses, has over the last four years devised new physical bus priority measures along the Uxbridge Road and followed them through to implementation.
The A4020, the 'Uxbridge Road', is a radial, designated road (i.e. of more than local significance), which runs from Uxbridge Town Centre to Shepherds Bush in the west of London. It totals 13.4 miles in distance, 6.5 of which is in the London Borough of Ealing, 5.6 of which is in London Borough of Hillingdon and 1.3 of which in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Bus route No. 207 runs the entire length of the Uxbridge Road but generally runs in two overlapping sections, Uxbridge-Acton and Southall-Shepherds Bush. An express route, No.607 runs end- to-end, stopping only at 18 major passenger stops. During peak periods route No. 207 requires 35 double deck buses and route No. 607 requires 13 double deck buses. The peak service on these two routes combined reaches a maximum of 22 buses per hour, and it is estimated that about 60,000 passengers a day make trips on these two routes.
In addition, routes Nos. 70, 83, 195, 207A, 260, 266, E2, E3, E7 and E8 travel significant distances along the road and benefit from any improvements in bus journey times and reliability which are achieved.
Planning of the Uxbridge Road bus priority demonstration project started in late 1991. Consultants Steer Davies Gleave (SDG) were appointed in December 1991 and the final feasibility report by SDG was produced in February 1993. Implementation of the traffic management bus priority schemes commenced in March 1994, and location drawings (sheets 1-3) show diagrammatically the implemented schemes.
A Steering Group comprising LT, the 3 boroughs and the bus operator, CentreWest has co-ordinated the project throughout, each providing expertise from their respective areas to enhance all elements of design and implementation, an early example of a successful quality initiative.
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