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Overcrowding on London's buses set to get worse

Is your bus route overcrowded? Photo: Press Association Images

London's buses are set to get busier and busier due to increasing levels of overcrowding, according to a new report from the London Assembly.

The report calls for the Mayor and Transport for London to lay out how they plan to deal with expanding numbers of passengers using London's buses over the coming years.

Unlike the Underground and rail networks, the subsidy amount for London buses will remain the same up to 2014-2015, as will the number of kilometres buses travel.

TfL currently projects bus passenger numbers in London to increase by 1% a year up to 2021-22 but this is in sharp contrast to growth of 4% a year from 2001-02 to 2011-12.

A survey conducted by the Assembly revealed the following:

  • More than a quarter of passengers indicated their bus route was already overcrowded.
  • More than half said passenger numbers had increased on their routes over the past 12 months.

Below is a list of the ten most crowded bus routes in London, according to the Assembly survey.

Is yours among the worst affected?

Route 185:

FROM Lewisham Station

TO Victoria Station

London Bus Route 185 Credit: Transport for London

Route 208:

FROM Lewisham Station

TO Orpington / Perry Hall Road

London Bus Route 208 Credit: Transport for London

Route 96:

FROM Bluewater Shopping Centre

TO Thomas Street

London Bus Route 96 Credit: Transport for London

Route 38:

FROM Clapton Pond

TO Victoria Bus Station

London Bus Route 38 Credit: Transport for London

Route 176:

FROM Penge / Pawleyne Arms

TO Tottenham Court Road Station

London Bus Route 176 Credit: Transport for London

Route 172:

FROM Brockley Rise / Chandos

TO King Edward Street

London Bus Route 172 Credit: Transport for London

Route 484:

FROM Lewisham Station

TO Denmark Hill / Camberwell Green

London Bus Route 484 Credit: Transport for London

Route 336:

FROM Thomas Lane

TO Locksbottom / Pallant Way

London Bus Route 336 Credit: Transport for London

Route 162:

FROM Beckenham Junction Station / Rectory Road

TO Eltham Bus Station

London Bus Route 162 Credit: Transport for London

Route 358:

FROM Orpington Bus Station

TO Crystal Palace Parade

London Bus Route 358 Credit: Transport for London