- Following a successful trial, passengers will only be able to enter via the centre doors of buses from Monday
- Middle-door only boarding is one of a range of measures to keep drivers safe during the pandemic
- Bus drivers are playing a vital role in transporting critical workers during the national emergency and nobody else should be travelling
Buses in London will temporarily become middle-door only boarding from Monday 20 April as part of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) efforts to help combat coronavirus. This change will further improve safety for bus drivers and critical workers as passengers will only be able to board using the centre doors of buses, enabling better social distancing while the city is fighting the virus.
The change to boarding will provide better protection for drivers, who are playing a vital role in helping other critical workers, like doctors and nurses, to tackle the virus. The safety boost follows a trial on nine routes to ensure that it was safe for all. From observing passengers across the 140 buses involved in the trial, TfL is also confident that the low number of people currently using the network can keep a safe distance when entering and exiting through the same door. This is possible as TfL and the Mayor have repeatedly reminded everyone that public transport is only for absolutely essential journeys. This has seen the number of people on buses plummet by around 85 per cent.
During the period of these temporary arrangements where passengers enter through the middle-doors, they will not be required to touch in. Customers should not approach the card reader near the driver’s cab.