Last reviewed 15 September 2020

In August, we reported on proposals by the Mayor of London to extend the hours of bus lanes in the capital (see Mayor proposes 24/7 bus lanes for London’s busiest roads).

On 13 September, those proposals were put into action with bus lanes on London’s red routes now operating at all times, seven days a week.

This trial was proposed as part of the London Streetspace Programme (LSP), through which the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) aim to create more space for people to walk and cycle in London, and to make sure those travelling by public transport can do so safely, efficiently and reliably.

The bus lanes included in the trial are on red routes located in the boroughs of Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.

A map of these routes can be found at tfl.gov.uk.

During the trial period, TfL will suspend a number of parking bays to allow these bus lanes to operate at all times. On-street signage will be in place to identify suspended bays, with more detail available at consultations.tfl.gov.uk.

The trial will run for a minimum of six months to monitor impacts and capture feedback from the public. If required, it can be extended up to 18 months.

TfL said: “Whether you’re a bus passenger, a business owner, resident or someone who has been using the bus lanes to cycle more — we want to hear about your experiences now that these bus lanes are operating.”

Feedback can be provided at consultations.tfl.gov.uk.