Readers’ travel: new bus lanes, tube pods and buskers

This week, Londoners have taken to the capital’s buses for their first tests of the new bus lane on the Southbank, where signs warn motorists of the zone’s existence but not its size.

As it’s been felt particularly keenly in parts of Camden, north London and the City of London, where traffic jams increase in summer, it’s no surprise that Lottie Haynes and Edin Zaalsen of have compiled a list of traffic mitigation strategies that are baffling Londoners:

Avoid Boris Bikes in Limehouse: riders can’t move, they can’t get in and out. But it’s near enough impossible to get in and out of, especially when using your bicycle on an increasingly narrow pavement. This causes congestion for everyone. Also, it’s considered rude to walk behind someone in this area. If this affects your daily commute in the morning, remember to do some early morning business on Bond Street instead.

Use the Jubilee Line if you can – the number 96 that goes through that area of Leyton, is a bonus. There’s more room than in the Tube, and service is much quicker and convenient. However, on the whole, using a bus can be best.

I knew there was a Transport for London zone 2 bus route when I got it for the first time. A lot of it doesn’t look as though it’s supposed to, but it was a nice connection to my office. Now I only take the number 86, which doesn’t have as much passenger movement and only goes from east to west.

I’m an ad executive and it’s the only street that doesn’t get decorated for the Olympics, so they do a clean up to celebrate – it looks far better than the other street.

This was so obvious to me that it was barely even worth mentioning: It was disgusting. It’s not just the colour – I like to see, especially in luxury zones, that they wear fluorescent jackets or sponsor something. They should be ashamed.

Sites like provide a system so that your contacts know where you’re going, and if you message someone and they don’t get in, they’ll be on the site to find you.

When it comes to the school run, would an app with a GPS function help anyone manage their schedule? I didn’t know I had an evening meeting until I was faced with the prospect of an evening session just after 6pm. Is it helpful to know where you’re going when you leave the house?

I’m going to the London buskers festival in the summer and the first thing I decided to do was to email a local busker. Then I put on an app that allows people to tell local buskers where they are, and I found him playing on an empty section of London Bridge.

It’s impossible to know where the busking zones are – at the moment, the only way to find out is to get near a bus conductor. There was no signage where I was, and it’s extremely difficult to work out where to go.

The London transport system is currently being digitally disrupted – with motorcades zipping along buses at up to 60mph – which is unbelievable when you consider that it was designed to be the means of transport for the masses. We need to have the right information at the right time, the right way, so that citizens are ready for change.

Travel over the next few months and see if there are any of these you encounter. If you have your own stories about bus lanes and signs, why not share them on Twitter using the hashtag #Heathrow2020.

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