The TfL Safety Innovation Fund provides investment to develop new ideas that will improve safety across London’s bus network. The projects it funds run on a trial basis with a view to introducing them across the network if they are successful.

Our project aims to tackle the issue of harsh acceleration – where a bus moves off from a stationary position too quickly – which can increase the risk of passenger injuries, particularly for more vulnerable people.

The first phase of the project is to use our on-bus telematics to establish safe levels of acceleration. Once established, we will then limit our buses’ rate of acceleration to ensure that risks to passengers are minimised.
The project will also look at other issues that increase the risk of on-bus falls, such as cornering speeds and acceleration over speed bumps.

“Safety is vitally important at HCT Group” said Dai Powell, HCT Group Chief Executive. “We are delighted to have received this funding to explore an innovative solution to a perennial problem.”

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