Colour and advertising on London buses

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered at on 10 January 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

In response to a previous question (2014/2606) I was told that there was a limit of 150 London buses being completely covered in advertising from a single company. Does this policy still apply and can you give an assurance that the majority of London’s buses will remain predominately red in colour?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

In 2014 the allowance was 150 ‘wraps’ at any one time from an overall fleet of 8,700 buses.

As the overall fleet of buses has grown to over 9,000, Transport for London’s commercial agreement with Global (which sells advertising space on behalf of bus operators) was adjusted to allow for up to 190 buses to carry advertising 'wraps' at any one time.  This still only represents around two per cent of the active fleet with the rest of the fleet remaining red, retaining its strong London identity.