Mayoral candidate plans to cut London bus lanes
Bus Users Chief Executive, Claire Walters, has responded with disbelief to reports that London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith plans to scrap all bus lanes in the capital.
According to politics.co.uk, Mr Goldsmith believes that the rise in electric cars will eventually lead to bus lanes becoming redundant: "I think that if I am right and I am absolutely convinced I am, that we are going to see a massive shift in the type of cars people own, then within two or three years there will be no point having bus lanes because everybody is going to be driving these things around."
In response, Claire Walters said: “Around 6.5 million people rely on bus services to travel across London every day, representing every demographic, not just those on low incomes. Many people use the bus simply because it’s the most effective way to travel, with reliability on London buses at an all-time high, and excess waiting times down by half since records began.
“That said, buses are still being held up by congestion because of bus lane blockages. So if the long-term trend of increasing passenger numbers is to continue – and we strongly believe it should given that buses, unlike electric cars, actually reduce congestion - then we need more bus lanes not fewer.
“Any mayoral candidate considering scrapping bus lanes might also like to consider the many, many people who use the bus because they have no other means of transport. If you can’t drive or you can’t afford to buy a car then it makes little difference whether that car is electric or not.”