London is a busy city with many people wanting to get to a destination. London transport gets commuters and tourists moving from one place to the next, with a choice of buses and tube. The Tube is probably the best form of transport in London in terms of coverage, speed and reliability. However London buses are also great as they don’t get stuck in traffic due to buses having their own bus lanes. This report shows the quality of London’s public transport addressed to the Mayor of London’s transport, Boris Johnson. Undertaken by an independent consultant by examining the London transport system through a chosen sample route and assessing the route in terms of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy; ‘Key priorities for moving towards an integrated network’. These include improving interchanges, improving passenger information and simplifying ticketing, safety and security. Through these priorities key problems have been identified of the route that commuters and tourists may be faced with, including passenger Information, ticketing, safety and security.
This report chooses a case study route between Kings Cross - St Pancras using the traditional infrastructure to access the section of the chosen route 453. The quality of London’s public transport system and streets will be assessed, for Londoners as well as international and domestic tourists, who’s common and different needs will be considered. The findings will be based on the Mayors Transport Strategy, improving interchanges, improving passenger information and simplifying ticketing, safety and security. The consultant who will be investigating the route (bus 453) consists of two parts; one being the old route and the other being the new route. The main needs and preferences of travellers will be identified, as well as possible problems and difficulties they may have, these will be identified in every leg of the journey. This will include positive and negative points which will be identified and analysed from tourists and Londoners point of view. The new journey will start from Marylebone station and will stop at three different stops of the bus route 453. These will be Baker Street, Oxford Circus and Trafalgar Square. The conclusion will summarise the analysis of the routes and the recommendations for any improvements to be made.
1.0 First Leg of the Old Journey
The analysed journey starts from Kings Cross - St Pancras station and going on to Edgware Road station. For this old route the circle line was taken to Edgware Road station and from there a walking distance was made to Marylebone. The Hammersmith & City line is another alternative in order to get to Edgware Road station. Therefore the interchange starts at Edgware Road station whereby roughly 5minutes would be needed to walk to Marylebone which is the actual starting point of the journey. (See illustration below with marked black lines) The bus number 18 from Edgware road station can also be taken to bus stop N which is in Marylebone if walking is not preferred by some commuters or tourists. The main problems that have been encountered by the consultant are as follows; overcrowding during peak hours on the London underground, no pelican crossing (pedestrian crossing) on road crossings; the consultant came round to seeing that many of the road crossings towards Marylebone station did not have any pelican crossings, therefore making it dangerous for anyone to cross the road to get to Marylebone station. The consultant observed three road crossings leading to Marylebone station that did not have any pelican crossings. (See illustration 1 below marked with red circles)
1.1Second Leg of the New Journey
The leg of the new journey starts at Marylebone station on route 453 (bendy bus) and stopping via three different stops which each have a tourist attraction. The bus route 453 is a 24-hour service operating between Deptford Bridge DLR...