Increase in accessible bus stops after step up in funding

18:15 01 February 2013

Extra cash has been diverted to improving bus accessibility. Picture: PA Wire

Extra cash has been diverted to improving bus accessibility. Picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Two thirds of London’s bus stops are now accessible to wheelchair users after funding for the capital-wide scheme was increased by £18million.

Transport for London aims for 95 per cent of all stops will be similarly accessible within three years.

The process involves adjusting the kerb so it is at the right height, ensuring that the bus can stop parallel to the kerb and removing any street clutter from where the bus doors open.

In 2008, bus stop accessibility stood at 29 per cent.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, said an additional £50million will go towards improving “bus driver training”

He said: “We are building on the legacy of the Paralympic Games to ensure that London continues to have the most accessible transport network in the country.

“The capital already has one of the most accessible bus fleets in the world but there is still more we can do.”

All 8,500 buses in their fleet are low floor and fitted with wheelchair ramps.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, added: “London already has the most accessible bus network in the country – however we are far from complacent and are striving to improve the service we offer to disabled and older passengers.”

Latest London transportation news

Thursday, November 26, 2015
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Severe delays yet again on the Piccadilly Line this morning have left many commuters furious.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The RMT are warning Tube platforms are 'dangerously overcrowded', particularly at major hubs (Picture: PA Images)

Overcrowding on Tube platforms combined with cuts in staffing levels has created ‘a lethal cocktail’ and the London Underground (LU) is ‘reaching breaking point’, Union leaders said today.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The protest takes place on Friday November 27 to highlight the number of cyclist deaths since 2013 (Picture: Nicola Branch)

Twenty one coffins will be laid outside the headquarters of TfL in a protest by campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists on Friday, to symbolise the deaths of riders on London’s road in the past two years.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
A lorry caught fire on the A12 near Chelmsford causing delays for London-bound drivers (Picture: Google Street View)

A lorry has caught fire on the A12 at Chelmsford causing long delays for London drivers.

Monday, November 23, 2015
Overground trains at Barking Station are affected (Photo: David Mirzoeff)

The London Overground is experiencing severe delays this morning between Barking and Gospel Oak due to a faulty train at Barking.

Monday, November 23, 2015
A burst water main is causing delays on the A406 North Circular near Bounds Green (Photo: @TfLTrafficNews)

The westbound A406 North Circular is down to one lane this morning near New Southgate due to a burst water main just after the A109 Bounds Green Road.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

You are never far from an Argos, wherever in the country you may be. They are like a magical cavern where whatever you need they seem to have it out the back behind the counter. So why not put them to the test with this great MyOffers competition to win £1000 to spend in-store.

Read more

Latest Tech News