Last reviewed 17 December 2020

In August 2020, Transport for London (TfL) announced that it would trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of London’s bus lanes (see Mayor proposes 24/7 bus lanes for London’s busiest roads).

The aim was to make bus journeys faster and more reliable with over one billion journeys each year possibly benefiting from these changes.

The trial has been in operation since 13 September 2020 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

Now, TfL has launched a consultation seeking feedback from the public and interested parties on how the six-month trial (possibly to be extended to 18 months) is affecting them.

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

Details of the consultation, which is open for comments until 13 March 2021, can be found at and TfL has prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the scheme which is available at

This includes details of suspended car parking during the trial and of the use of loading bays along the red routes. It also explains how TfL will make a decision on whether or not to implement these changes permanently.