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East London Transit BRT scheme underway

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The long-awaited East London Transit BRT scheme has been launched to provide fast links between Ilford, Barking and Dagenham Dock. The new high frequency service, which has cost £26million, is expected to carry around six million passengers a year.

Sixteen brand new buses have been manufactured exclusively for the route, which will have a frequency of ten buses an hour.

By 2013, more than 30 per cent of the route will be completely segregated from general traffic. A number of streetscape improvements have also been delivered as part of work on the new service, including extra parking, upgraded bus stops and shelters and improved public spaces.

East London Transit will provide new transport links to Tube and national rail stations as well as improving connections between Ilford and Barking town centre. Kulveer Ranger, the mayor of London’s transport advisor, says: “The East London Transit delivers on the mayor’s commitment to provide better links between local communities and jobs.”

David Brown, TfL managing director of surface transport, says: “The distinctive new buses operating along the East London Transit route will provide people travelling in east London with faster, more reliable journeys with improved frequencies. The routes will also provide a bus service in the heart of Barking town centre for the first time in years.”

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