The results of the 1989 bus and coach study of central London (excluding LRT's local services) are presented here. Overall, there was little change in coach activity since the previous year. A continuing decline in scheduled express and commuter coach movements was balanced by an increase in general tour activity. The study is in two parts: a cordon survey; and a survey of the major road network within the cordon. The surveys were carried out over the months of July and August 1989 at 59 survey sites. The cordon survey covers 3-hour inbound and outbound traffic flows at 21 sites (including 5 key sites) around central London on a midweek day, a Friday and a Saturday for each site, during the morning and evening peaks. The network survey analyses 12-hour (0700-1900) bi-directional flows at 43 sites (including the 5 key sites) on a midweek day and either a Friday or a Saturday, for each site. Flows for the five key sites are also analysed separately. Information was collected on vehicle size, passenger type carried, operator and service style. Where possible and appropriate, comparisons are made with the earlier surveys performed in 1988, 1987 and 1986. Details are provided throughout on the extent of positioning movements made. A further subdivision of the network sites into 'corridor' and 'non-corridor' sites enabled a more accurate estimate of the vehicle-kilometres run on Central London's 'A' roads to be made, and has provided some evidence of the impact of congestion on commuter flows. The cordon survey was last undertaken in 1988. Average peak-hour coach movements on weekdays have hardly changed since then: this follows a decline of 6% from 1986 to 1988. Commuter services have continued to decline, but between 1988 and 1989 this was balanced by an increase in general tour activity. This latter pattern in the composition of flows was also observed in the network survey, with changes in total coach movements between 1988 and 1989 of about -3% midweek, -2% on Fridays and +1% on Saturdays. The largest single category is 'general tour' operation, which shows increases of 2%, 8% and 3% respectively. (TRRL) (Author/TRRL)

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    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Anderson, N
    • Turner, R
    • White, P
  • Publication Date: 1991-1


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 52 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00623780
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • ISBN: 0-11-551008-7
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM