Robert Elms from BBC London radio talks to Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport, Transport for London about what it’s like to be responsible for the most used public transport mode in London and the UK’s largest bus service.
The London Buses network is the most accessible in the world and a vital service for older and disabled passengers.
All 8,600 buses are fitted with ramps that are checked each day before a bus enters passenger service.
71% of bus stops are wheelchair accessible and we have committed an extra £18 million to ensure this figure increases to 95% by 2016.
Busy Londoners with no time to visit art galleries will be able to enjoy a photography exhibition from the top decks of London’s buses.
Around six hundred hybrid buses now operate on the London’s roads, including the New Routemasters.
As part of the Year of the Bus celebrations we’re teaming up with art gallery Annin Arts to present the first ever public photo exhibition on the roofs of bus stop shelters in London.
The exhibition entitled Bus Stops, features ten works by fashion photographer Juergen Teller. The works are displayed on bus stops along the Strand during London Fashion week from 14 -23 February.
The photos feature:
- Kate Moss
- Yves Saint Laurent
- Dame Vivienne Westwood
- Kurt Cobain
Enjoy the art for free and find out more about Year of the Bus on our website www.tfl.gov.uk/yearofthebus
Our online realtime bus arrivals tool enables you to check when your bus will arrive at your stop and audio visual technology across all 8,600 buses tells you what your next stop is.
We have introduced these new buses on five routes since 2012, with plans to have 600 in service by 2016. They use the latest diesel electric hybrid technology, producing around half the carbon dioxide of conventional diesel buses. The three doors allow for easier boarding, while the conductor on board means you can hop on and off.
Reducing environmental impact
We continue to deliver Europe’s largest hybrid bus fleet. We have also introduced and trialled a number of innovations including running hydrogen buses on route RV1, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions.
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