Bus Lanes in London are going 24/7


Fifty miles of bus lanes on London’s main roads are to be enforced on a 24/7 basis to discourage a car-led recovery from coronavirus.

The crackdown will begin on September 13 and include over 100 bus lanes on the red route network in 20 boroughs, Transport for London announced yesterday.

Those who enter the lanes will face £130 penalties round the clock. The plan is to limit buses from getting stuck in increasing traffic and respond to higher demand for off-peak travel.

Roads affected include approach routes to Thames bridges such as Vauxhall Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Road, Battersea Bridge Road, Albert Embankment, Farringdon Road and Millbank.

This could increase fury from Londoners who are choosing to drive instead of using public transport, and whose journeys have been lengthened by the closure of Hammersmith Bridge and repairs to Vauxhall Bridge and London Bridge.

The changes will be trialled for up to 18 months and, according to TFL, will benefit millions of bus passengers and will ensure that bus journeys take about the same time regardless of the time of day.

Also, it is responding to an increase in off-peak travel as Londoners embrace different working hours, including to encourage social distancing, in response to the easing of the pandemic.

TfL said the aim was “not to generate revenue but to keep traffic moving, increase bus reliability and avoid a car-led recovery”.

It also expects the move to achieve safety improvements for cyclists, who are permitted to ride in the lanes.

Motorbikes and taxis will continue to be allowed to use the lanes if allowed to do so at present. Cars, vans and lorries are currently banned from the lanes at peak hours.

Take a look below to see the affected roads:

Affected roads by borough


Bromley Common


Camden High Street

Camden Road

Camden Street

Farringdon Road

Finchley Road

Gray’s Inn Road




London Road

Stafford Road

Streatham High Road


Bowes Road (North Circular Road)

Great Cambridge Road

North Circular Road


Academy Road

Eltham Road

Well Hall Road


City Road

Clapton Common

Kingsland High Street

Kingsland Road

Lower Clapton Road

Old Street

Rectory Road

Seven Sisters Road

Stamford Hill

Stoke Newington High Street

Stoke Newington Road

Upper Clapton Road


Archway Road

Great Cambridge Road

High Road

Seven Sisters Road


Harlington Road West


Camden Road

City Road

Holloway Road

Isledon Road

Parkhurst Road

Seven Sisters Road

Tollington Road

Upper Street

White Lion Street


Brompton Road


Albert Embankment

Brixton Hill

Brixton Road

Camberwell New Road

Clapham High Street

Clapham Road

Kennington Oval

Kennington Park Road

Kennington Road

Lambeth Palace Road

South Lambeth Road

Streatham High Road

Streatham Hill

Tooting Bec Gardens


Amersham Road

Bromley Road

Eltham Road

Lee High Road

Lewisham Way

London Road

New Cross Road

Parkfield Road

Queen’s Road

Stanstead Road

Waldram Park Road


London Road

Morden Road

St Helier Avenue


Borough High Street

Camberwell Church Street

Camberwell New Road

Denmark Hill

Elephant and Castle

London Road

Lordship Lane

Newington Butts

Old Kent Road

Peckham High Street

Queen’s Road

St. George’s Road

Tooley Street

Tower Bridge Road


St. Helier Avenue


Burdett Road

Commercial Road

East India Dock Road

Mile End Road

Whitechapel Road


Balham High Road

Balham Hill

Battersea Bridge Road

Battersea Park Road

Battersea Rise

East Hill

Huguenot Place

Nine Elms Lane

Roehampton Lane

Tooting Bec Road

Tooting High Street

Upper Richmond Road

Wandsworth High Street

York Road


Edgware Road

Finchley Road



Park Lane

Vauxhall Bridge Road