Foundational Information

There are a number of City of London policies that support, encourage and influence the development London’s Bus Rapid Transit System. Some of these policies include:  

The London Plan: The London Plan identifies a city structure that is, to a large extent, built around Rapid Transit. Direction #5 of the plan: Build a mixed-use compact city, includes a bold policy to implement a city structure plan that directs high intensity mixed-use development to strategic locations - along Rapid Transit corridors and within the Primary Transit Area. The London Plan is a key guiding document for Shift because it outlines where and how the City will grow.

Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Plan: Completed in 2013, this plan outlines a number of strategies to provide more attractive travel choices for those who live, work, and play in the City. It sets a target for transit to accommodate 20% of all trips by 2030 and Rapid Transit is key to achieving this target. Two corridors are recommended for prioritization:

  • Richmond Street / Wellington Street Corridor, forming a key north/south route
  • Dundas Street / Oxford Street West / East Corridor, forming a key east/west route

Smart Moves is the starting point for our Rapid Transit initiative.

The Way Ahead: London’s Bus Rapid Transit Strategy – Business Case: The business case is a broad-based assessment of the benefits and costs of a new BRT service and enhancements in associated transit services. It provides an understanding of how the BRT Strategy will improve the standard of living for City of London residents and improve the competitiveness of businesses in the region. The business case concludes that the BRT strategy as proposed in the TMP would be expected to generate $1.80 of benefits for every $1 investment in the net capital and net operating costs required to deliver the transformation of London’s transit service.

Other documents that will inform the plan include: