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'Sting operations' to crack down on bus driver abuse

Conservative member of the Greater London Assembly Roger Evans obtained the figures through a Freedom of Information request. He called for "sting operations" to be carried out by undercover police officers to crack down on the mistreatment:

The number of bus drivers facing physical attack or verbal abuse on London's bus network is alarming. Nobody should have to put up with threats or violence while doing their job.

I fully appreciate that money has been invested in patrols on our buses by the police however we need to go further. First, I urge a full review of policing across all of our public transport to make sure we are targeting resources in the right area.

Next, we should carry out well publicised sting operations with plain clothed officers which would act as a deterrent for those who think it's acceptable to abuse bus drivers.

– Roger Evans, Conservative London Assembly member

Four London bus drivers attacked or abused every day

Four London bus drivers are attacked or verbally abused every day. Hundreds of incidents where drivers have been physically assaulted, threatened with a weapon or had abuse hurled at them are reported to police each year.

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A total of 4,967 incidents were recorded in the three years to spring 2013, 38% of which involved assaults or weapons being brandished.

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TfL announces Summer changes

Transport for London has today announced that it is to stop accepting cash fares on London buses from summer this year. Other measures include:

  • Introducing a new ‘one more journey’ feature on Oyster that will allow passengers with less than the single bus fare (currently £1.45) but who have a positive balance on their card to make one more bus journey before they have to add credit to their card
  • A review of the Oyster Ticket Stop network to see if additional locations can be identified, particularly in outer London

  • An information campaign to increase awareness of the benefits of contactless payment cards & Oyster Pay As You Go, which offer a bus fare for 95p less than the current cash fare

  • Refreshed guidance for all 24,500 London bus drivers to ensure a consistent approach is taken when dealing with vulnerable passengers

London bus drivers to get accessibility training

Routemaster bus in London Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

London bus travels to America

The GREAT London double decker bus Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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.

David Cameron and Prince Harry on the special edition bus Credit: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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"Full investigation" into crash

The scene of this morning's crash Credit: ITN

*London Buses statement: *

“At around 09:30 this morning a route 333 bus, operated by London General, was involved in a collision with a cyclist on Kennington Park Road, at the junction with Kennington Road.

"Emergency services attended the scene. There will be a full investigation into this incident.”

Mike Weston, Operations Director.

Bus travel at 50 year high

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.