Fifty miles of bus lanes across some of London’s main roads will become 24/7 to “discourage a car-led recovery,”. The crackdown starts on the 13th of
September and will include over 100 bus lanes across 20 boroughs.
Anyone who drives in one will face a £130 fine at any time of day. The goal is to avoid buses getting stranded as traffic increases in off-peak times. Routes to Thames bridges such as Vauxhall Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Road, Battersea Bridge Road, Albert Embankment, Farringdon Road and
Millbank are among those affected. TfL says that the changes will be trialled for up to 18 months and will benefit millions of bus passengers, ensuring that their journey will take the same length of time at any time of day.
It added that it is responding to increases in off-peak travel as Londoners’ working hours change due to social distancing. However it also says that this plan is “not to generate revenue but to keep traffic moving, improve bus reliability and avoid a car-led recovery.” TfL also hopes that this will help make the roads safer for cyclists who can ride in bus lanes, along with motorbikes and taxis.