Some of Southwark’s busiest roads will see their bus lanes become 24/7 under TfL plans approved this month.
The trial move affects nearly 50 miles of the capital’s red routes, and could see drivers flouting the rules fined £130.
The experimental measures mean general traffic will be restricted from using the routes during off-peak hours, as is currently allowed.
The change comes into force on Sunday, September 13. Major Southwark roads such as Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road are affected.
“As we recover from coronavirus, we’re starting to see more private vehicles using parts of the road network than before,” said TfL.
“There is an increasing need to provide more safe space for people to use active, sustainable and socially distant modes of travel.
“We must use London’s limited road space to move as many people as possible to reduce the risk of a car-led recovery.”
Cycles, motorbikes, and taxis will still be allowed to use the lanes, and blue badge parking spaces will also be retained, said TfL.
Southwark roads affected:
- 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