LRT's business plan
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LONDON Regional Transport's first annual business plan puts forward a move towards greater productivity with little change in service levels for London Buses which becomes a separate company in April.
Driver-only operation will be extended from 51 per cent of operation to 66 per cent by the spring of 1986 and there are hints of midi or minibuses in certain areas. Pilot schemes are expected to be introduced towards the end of the year and the beginning of next.
New bus services will be encouraged by LRT whether they are to be operated by London Buses or contracted independent operators.
The business plan makes it clear that LRT will continue to determine fare levels and service frequencies whichever operator operates the routes.
Independent operators not wishing to operate under LRT control have the option of applying for road service licences.
LRT envisages new buses as being the major item of expenditure over the next three years as further driver-only operation accelerates the demise of the traditional London Routemaster.
The plan states that London Buses will reduce service levels by around two per cent with bus mileage dropping from 170m to 167m per year.