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February 07 2018
By Mel Holley

Mel is the Editor at routeONE magazine. He has more than 30 years’ experience in road and rail transport journalism.

Breakthrough improvement for coaches on red routes

Coaches now have improved use of Red Routes in London for dropping off and picking up passengers, thanks to the London Tourist Coach Operators Association (LTCOA). 

Tourist coaches can now use TfL’s Red Routes for setting down passengers

Once fully implemented, the scheme will allow coaches to set down and pick up only within a 10-minute period at locations, where LTCOA members say they face regular challenges.

The LTCOA has worked closely with Transport for London (TfL) as well as the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) in agreeing a number of sites, but needs to ensure that regular traffic is impacted as little as possible.

To ensure smooth implementation, the locations will be initially trialled with members of the LTCOA and CPT, before rolling them out more widely over the summer.

This will help ensure that any potential issues can be ironed out at an early stage and will also help TfL adjust to any potential impacts.

Any use of these facilities outside the given window, and for any other purpose, will result in a penalty charge notice (PCN) being issued and regular infringement could result in the withdrawal of one or all of these facilities.

Stephen Telling, Chairman of the LTCOA says: “I am very pleased to welcome these improvements, which have come around through determination and hard work by all those involved.

“This will allow coach operators to set down and pick up their customers at specific locations without fear of being penalised. This shows the strength of working together with our partners and the importance of trade associations in representing their members.

“However, we in the coach industry now have a responsibility to ensure that these arrangements work. We all need to ensure that we keep to the rules set out by TfL to minimise the impact of coaches on the busy Red Route network.”

The LTCOA and the CPT will continue to lobby for further improvements to set down and pick up facilities as well as coach parking throughout London.

London’s Red Routes, which are managed by TfL, make up just 5% of London’s roads, but carry 30% of the traffic. 

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