North vs South of the River Public Transport (14)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 6th August 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Boff Andrew Boff Conservative

Please can you provide the average delay times for London Buses North of the river over the last year?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

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Rather than measuring average delay times on buses, Transport for London (TfL) measures Excess Wait Time (EWT) for passengers. EWT is the difference between the scheduled waiting time and the average actual waiting time for bus routes. For the bus network North of the river, the EWT for high frequency routes combined was 0.97 minutes in 2018/19.

TfL uses the EWT metric because the majority of London’s network operates at ‘turn up and go’ frequencies. This means passengers are less likely to use timetables, making a reliable, evenly-spaced service more important.