So TFL are proposing the following which are subject to consultation, I'll just put the ones that are new instead of the ones some may already know of: The 161 has been added in the Rerouting in Woolwich Town centre alongside the 386 Routes 45, 46, 63, 214 and N63- Changes in Pancras Road Route W10- extension to North Middlesex Hospital Route N109- extension to Marble Arch
So why go through the pretence that the 8 was a testbed? No time to evaluate any feedback.
The 8 was about how to implement the changes, not whether to, so four months feedback will be perfectly sufficient.
The wording to the Board, suggests the feedback is just for refining the info and publicity, not about doing the changes.
Copied from page 72 : We have also launched front-door only boarding on New Routemaster buses on routes 8 and the night route N8, to make sure everyone pays the correct fare and bring about greater uniformity in the way people board buses in London. We will review how effective passenger information is on this route before rolling this change out to all 1,000 New Routemaster buses in the fleet by early 2020. This will also help us tackle fare evasion and provide better priority boarding for customers who use the accessibility ramp.
No, route 8 was a trial where if it was deemed successful that it would be rolled out to further routes.
I read different somewhere else but anyway if that is the case presumably it's been deemed a success? If revenue income is up and journey times haven't been adversely affected it's happy days.
Doubt there has been a huge increase in revenue, seen lots of passengers still boarding and not tapping in when they realise the readers no longer work, ironically this could have ended up in a reduction in revenue!
Per page 13 of finance report (pack page 35) which covers buses : Underlying passenger journeys 1.1 % behind last year, but up against budget. Direct operating costs up on last year, driven by bus operating contracts
Bus Passenger demand up 19m journeys vs (low) budget, up 18m on last year
Bus Income £671m, Operating Cost £986m, Others £-7m, Loss £326m (Year to date)