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Bus usage (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

What is TfL’s estimate of the required increase in bus usage that would be required to ensure that your Transport Strategy objective is met of 80 per cent of journeys being made by active transport or public transport by 2041?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) estimates that daily bus usage (measured in distance travelled by passengers on buses) could need to grow by more than 50 per cent. However, this number will vary depending on the contribution of other active, efficient and sustainable modes to the overall mix.

In 2019, TfL introduced seven new bus routes in outer London, the first increase on such a scale for many years, and enhanced 24 outer London routes. Investing in outer London to increase bus mileage is part of my strategy to encourage a shift from car use in the areas where cars have a high mode share.