he trial of new set-down and pick-up points at specific locations on Transport for London’s Road Network (Red Routes) has now moved into its second phase beyond the original trial of five locations since the spring of 2018. This latest phase is again the result of co-operation between the London Tourist Coach Operators Association, Confederation of Passenger Transport and Transport for London, and involves locations along Albany Street, Albert Embankment, Brompton Road, Cromwell Road, Tower Bridge Road and Vauxhall Bridge Road, at times when traffic flows allow.
As with the first phase, which remains in operation, the trial arrangements are open just to members of LTCOA and CPT. The scheme allow coaches to set-down and pick-up passengers within a 10-minute period at the specified points. Any use of these facilities outside the given window and / or for any other purpose will result in a PCN being issued. Any regular infringement could result in the withdrawal of one or all of these facilities.
“I am very pleased to welcome the launch of the second phase of this trial of setting down and picking up our passengers on Red Routes,” says Stephen Telling, LTCOA chairman. “I would like to pay tribute to all those involved in responsibly using the locations in the first phase, which has given TfL the confidence to move to the next stage. We remain committed to working in partnership with the CPT and TfL, whilst continuing to make the case for better facilities for coaches in London.
“I urge members to continue to use these facilities responsibly and keep to the rules set by TfL to minimise the impact of coaches on the busy Red Route network”.
Andy Warrender, CPT coach executive, adds: “The initial success of this phase has clearly demonstrated that our members are committed to keeping London moving. Their cooperation and adherence to the operational practices laid out in the trial has led directly to the next phase being implemented.
“CPT firmly believes that this success will provide a platform on which to build, and we look forward to continuing to working closely with the LTCOA and TfL in order to realise our ambitions for coaches in London.”
The locations included in phase two of the Red Route trial are: Albany Street – Melia White House Hotel, NW1 3UP; Albert Embankment – Park Plaza London Riverbank, SE1 7TJ; Brompton Road – Harrods, SW1X 7XL; Cromwell Road – Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, SW7 4DN; Tower Bridge Road, Grange Primary School, SE1 4TP; Vauxhall Bridge Road – Apollo Theatre, 17 Wilton Road, Pimlico, London SW1V 1LG; Addington Street – Park Plaza County Hall, SE1 7RY; Cromwell Road – National History Museum and Science Museum, SW7 5BD; Lower Thames Street – Old Billingsgate EC3R 6DX; Prescott Street, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, E1 8GP; and Southwark Street – Borough Market, SE1 1TL