Passenger watchdog reveals average speed of London buses

15 October 2015  •  Author(s): Kate Douetil

London TravelWatch will be examining bus speeds during next Tuesday’s Policy meeting, following an analysis of TfL data, which reveals the average speed of London buses.

Passenger watchdog reveals average speed of London buses

London TravelWatch is the operating name for the London Transport Users Committee. It is the official watchdog, thus represents the interests of transport users in and around London.

Stephen Locke, Chair of London TravelWatch, said: “The results, which are drawn from TfL’s iBus data, make fascinating reading with average bus speeds for different London bus routes varying between 5.4 mph and 23.1 mph”.

Stephen continued: “Both reliability and journey time are really important to bus passengers. There are also benefits to TfL, in terms of its operational costs, if it can get some of the slowest buses to operate just a little faster. We will be looking at this data and challenging TfL to bring about improvements. There is also an important role for London boroughs where bus routes run on the many roads for which they are responsible”.

Other issues to be discussed include the significant findings of research on transport affordability, which was carried out jointly by London TravelWatch, London Councils and Trust for London. Additionally, the proposals by the London Borough of Hounslow, relating to the southern rail route to Heathrow Airport, will be part of the meeting’s agenda.

The meeting will take place on 20 October 2015, at 169 Union Street, London, SE1 0LL.  It will begin at 9.30am and end at approximately 12.30pm.  The agenda and papers are available on the London TravelWatch website

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