An on-demand bus service launched by Transport for London in the Ealing area is to start a year-long trial. It has no fixed route or schedule and passengers will use an app to request a seat, and the roving minibus will pick them up.
This is the second trial launched in London, following the May launch of a similar scheme in Sutton. As with Sutton, Ealing is an area whose population is particularly reliant on cars. It’s hoped that the bookable bus will help cut down the number of car journeys in the area.
It has a fleet of 10 buses and will be operated by RATP, with MOIA as the technology provider. Journeys on the service will be charged at a flat fare of £3.50 (via app, not Oyster), though Freedom passes and concessions are accepted.
It will provide real time updates to customers of vehicle arrival time and guarantees a seat for confirmed bookings. The proposed area of coverage may also extend into the borough of Brent.