This report describes a project which took place in the London boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The purpose of the scheme was to test the improvement in bus operation that could be achieved by removing parking at critical locations along a bus route. The project consisted of the introduction of parking restrictions at those points along the e3 bus route where congestion was causing delays and fatigue to drivers. At points where parking controls already existed, enforcement was increased. The roadway at two junctions was widened so that buses could turn more easily. The performance of the bus service was monitored and changes in terms of journey times and reliability are described alongside the effectiveness of the parking restrictions. Bus drivers were also interviewed during the project and their attitudes and opinions are reported. A computer simulation program for use as a management tool to predict the effect of a proposed change on the service was developed and evaluated. The conclusions which can be drawn from this work are listed towards the end of the report and a short appendix, amplifying some additional work on the reliability of the bus service over different sections of the route, is also included. The assessment of the project indicated that as a result of the reduced parking fewer buses now take an excessive time to complete the route and there has been a small improvement in bus reliability. There was some evidence that bus running times were the most variable on those sections of the route which are on the approach to junctions with major roads and that some action will have to be taken on these sections if further improvements are to be obtained. Bus stop clearways or 'bus cages' proved to be effective in preventing long term parking at bus stops but some possible changes to them have been highlighted. This project was not ideally suited for fully testing the value of computer simulation as a management tool but much useful experience has been gained on this technique. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Her Majesty Stationary Office

    49 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6HB,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1975

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 21 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 7

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00134257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1981 12:00AM