Email your councillor to free the bus

More Londoners use the bus than any other type of public transport. But London’s buses need your help.

For years the bus has had to compete with increased traffic on the road, and so buses are slower than they used to be. In the 12 months before the pandemic hit, average bus speeds were only 9.3 miles per hour.

As London’s economy recovers from the pandemic, it’s important to remember the vital role the bus plays. We also know the bus is particularly important for women, children, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Londoners, people on low incomes and older and disabled people.

Improving London’s buses is good for the environment; fill a double decker bus with motorists and you can potentially take up to 75 cars off the road.

Councils can help by taking some low-cost measures that have been shown to be really effective, such as stopping cars parking where they shouldn’t, making all existing bus lanes 24/7 and changing the phasing of traffic lights to favour the bus.

It’s never been more important to #FreeTheBus. Please write to your local councillor and ask for their support to clear the way for London’s buses.