Following a public consultation earlier in the year, passengers in Ealing can now begin to use a new on-demand bus service provided by Transport for London (TfL), bus company RATP and German technology firm MOIA.
Slide Ealing will operate seven days a week, from 0600 to 0100, and cover an area from Southall in the west to the North Circular, and from the A40 down to Boston Manor in the south of Ealing.
The area was chosen after research showed that 40% of people living there use cars — either private or for hire — to get to work, and TfL believes an on-demand service could encourage then to switch to a more sustainable way of travelling.
The trial will run for the next 12 months.
The service does not follow a fixed route, picking people up from flexible stops, creating a more personalised service. Passengers can book a ride using an app or on the phone.
TfL said that, once a ride has been secured, users will wait no longer than around 10 minutes for a bus.
In addition, it announced that fares for the on-demand service will start at a flat rate of £3.50, with passengers being able to benefit from weekly and monthly capping. Every 10th journey will be free.
The 10 new TGE MAN L4H3 Euro VI mini-buses can accommodate wheelchair users and are fully accessible. They are all Euro 6 and meet Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standards.
All drivers on the service will be established bus drivers who have completed enhanced customer training.
They will continue to receive the same terms and benefits as when driving a traditional London bus, including the London Bus Driver Minimum Wage and the guarantee of a pay grade equivalent to their level of service and experience if they change operator.
See www.slideealing.com for full details.
Last reviewed 28 November 2019