Trial to run bus lanes at all times on red routes

Closed 13 Dec 2020

Opened 13 Sep 2020


Extending bus lane hours to help more people travel safely and reliably

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In August 2020 we announced that we would trial changes to the operating hours of more than 80 kilometres of London’s bus lanes. This trial aims to make bus journeys faster and more reliable, and over one billion journeys each year could benefit from these changes.

This trial was proposed as part of our London Streetspace Programme (LSP). Through the LSP the Mayor and TfL are creating more space for people to walk and cycle in London, and make sure those travelling by public transport can do so safely, efficiently and reliably. 

Our trial

From 13 September 2020, bus lanes on London’s red routes will operate at all times, seven days a week.

The bus lanes included in the trial are on red routes located in the boroughs of Bromley, Camden, City of London, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster. 

During the trial period we need to suspend a number of parking bays to allow these bus lanes to operate at all times. On-street signage will be in place to identify suspended bays.

Please click on the link below for the list of suspended bays:

24 hour bus lane parking suspensions (PDF 71KB)

The trial will run for a minimum of six months to monitor impacts and capture feedback from the public and stakeholders. If required, the trial can be extended up to 18 months.

We have started to compile a list frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the trial. As the trial progresses, we will periodically update our FAQs.

To open the FAQ document, please click here.

Implementing the trial

This trial has been implemented through an Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). An ETO allows us to rapidly introduce new and innovative schemes and take feedback on the progress of them whilst they are in operation.

This ETO allows us to legally implement these changes to bus lanes and suspend parking bays along the impacted red routes.

ETOs also provide the public and our stakeholders with a statutory consultation period to object to an order. The statutory consultation period in this instance runs from 13 September 2020 to 12 March 2022.

To view the ETOs for this trial and to find out how to respond to the statutory consultation please click here.


During the trial, we want to engage with London’s communities and stakeholders to understand more about these changes.

Whether you’re a bus passenger, a business owner, resident or someone who has been using the bus lanes to cycle more - we want to hear about your experiences now that these bus lanes are operating.

Your feedback will be an important part of how we monitor this trial.

To share your experiences please click on this link.


  • Bromley
  • Camden
  • City of London
  • Croydon
  • Enfield
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Haringey
  • Hounslow
  • Islington
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Merton
  • Southwark
  • Sutton
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Wandsworth
  • Westminster


  • Public
  • Stakeholders
  • Local residents
  • Local businesses
  • Schools
  • London Boroughs
  • Coach Operators
  • Taxi trade
  • Transport for London
  • Taxi customers and other stakeholders
  • Transport for London - staff
  • Train operators


  • Transport for London Road Network