This morning another accident left a cyclist injured after colliding with a bus. The incident in Vauxhall came as figures were released showing the number of buses involved in serious accidents in the capital. Over the last five years 1,889 people have been killed or seriously injured.
London bus drivers will get training to understand how to help disabled and elderly passengers, under a new training scheme from TFL.
The "All Aboard" training scheme was designed with the help of passengers who need help boarding the capital's buses.
The training is made up of four short films which depict poor treatment of disabled passengers in real life scenarios. The videos then go on to show how small changes in helping these passengers can make their journeys much easier.
A London Routemaster bus is being used to promote Britain as a destination for trade, tourism and investment. Prince Harry and Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday kicked off a global tour at Milk Studios inNew York City. They arrived on a special edition GREAT London doubledecker bus.
Transport for London has released new figures showing a 60% increase in 'bus ridership' in London compared to the year 2000. Officials say bus travel in the capital is at a 50 year high.
Passengers have made over 2.3 billion journeys for first time in 50 years
London's buses travelled 490 million kilometres last year
The number of people riding buses is 60% higher than in 2000
“TfL is investing a lot of resources to continue to improve London’s bus network while making it accessible to everyone. This is vital if we want to see continued growth.
"The latest figures show that investment is paying off with more and more people using London’s bus service. Buses are hugely efficient users of road space and inexpensive to use and that has to be good for Londoners.”
– Leon Daniels, TfL Managing Director for Surface Transport
“Not only do millions of people rely on London’s iconic red buses every day, but they are also a central feature of this great city’s identity. Now joined by the beautiful and immensely popular Routemaster-inspired new bus for London, and with the 2012 Games just around the corner, they have a central role to play both for the millions of extra visitors over the coming weeks, and for the Londoners who value them so dearly on a day-to-day basis.”
– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
Earlier this week London's bus drivers agreed to accept an Olympic bonus of around £577 each, following industrial action. Thousands of them had gone on strike last month over their work schedules during the Olympic Games.