Bus service planning guidelines

Buses, signals and road crossings

This report is a worldwide study into the interaction of buses and signals at road crossings and has been produced for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP).

Phase 1 of the work, led by TfL, has involved a worldwide review of the topic, identification of lessons learnt from different cities and applications and developing recommendations for further work.

The main focus of the study has been on bus priority at traffic signals.

Buses and traffic signals

This report explains how prioritising buses at traffic signals improves their punctuality:

Demand-responsive bus trials

In 2019-20 we ran two trials in the London Boroughs of Sutton and Ealing to explore how demand-responsive buses could:

  • Complement current public transport services
  • Reduce car dependency

The trial learnings and technology are already informing a range of projects within TfL and nationally.

We also committed to publishing the research after the trial finished.