Roads As "people Movers": the Real Case for Bus Priority 1



Roads As "people Movers": the Real Case for Bus Priority 1

Authors

KING G N, London Transport Buses, UK

Description

The first bus lane in London was introduced 30 years ago. After initiatives in the early 1970Õs and early 1980Õs, the total at the time of the abolition of the GLC in 1986, was 229. Following the London Bus Priority initiatives, set up in 1990, the total

Abstract

The first bus lane in London was introduced 30 years ago. After initiatives in the early 1970Õs and early 1980Õs, the total at the time of the abolition of the GLC in 1986, was 229. Following the London Bus Priority initiatives, set up in 1990, the total has risen rapidly to over 500 and current programmes look likely to exceed 700 by 2003. There are also many other measures such as Ôbus-onlyÕ streets, exemptions for buses from banned right turns and SVD (selective vehicle detection) giving buses priority at traffic signals.

As the new measures are brought into use, LT Buses is being urged to improve the quality of services through increased frequency, better information, new low-floor buses, etc. Progress is being made with these complementary improvements, but the growth of traffic congestion across the whole of the bus network is still outstripping the more local benefits of bus priority. Whilst Ôwhole routesÕ are now being studied, the most congested locations are still being ruled ÔimpossibleÕ for bus priority.

Publisher

Association for European Transport