Smaller, possibly electric, busses for off peak times

Between around 10am and 4pm on a weekday in London, every double decker bus contains around 10 - 20 people on board. Continuing to run large busses during these times not only adversely contributes to pollution in and of themselves, but they also congest the roads and slow down the other traffic, amplifying their negative effects on air quality.

During off-peak times, double decker buses should be retired to the bus garage, and busses even smaller than single deckers should replace them. These would run with equal frequency to the double decker buses, and so not disrupt journeys. In fact, as the change will help alleviate London's chronic traffic problem (due to more space on the roads) , journey times would be likely to go down.

Also, as the busses would be smaller and only run for part of the day, there is scope for them to be 100% electric, charging whilst the double deckers are in use during peak times.

With appropriate research by tfl, they could make sure that any roots that genuinely need double decker buses during these times would not be replaced. But after spending day after day on the roads around London, the observational evidence is that buses with as high capacity as double deckers are simply not needed in off peak times.

 

Why the contribution is important

Pollution in London is quite literally shortening the lives of its inhabitants. This is a simple change that can be implemented quickly if the political will is there, and will not only improve journeys for drivers on London's roads, but would also improve the air of the capital.

by Karamu on June 15, 2018 at 03:22PM

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