London's slowest bus revealed: Number 15 from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square crawls at 4.9mph - slower than a mouse
From a report in the Daily Mail
- Number 15H bus runs between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square via Fleet Street
- Service crawls at 4.9mph, making it slower than a running mouse or chicken
- Route operates with a heritage Routemaster but travels at 1.5x walking speed
- London bus passengers travelled at average of 10.6mph from 2017 to 2018
Britain's slowest bus has been revealed to be slower than a mouse or a chicken.
Many commuters could travel faster by donkey than if they take the number 15H bus that runs between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square via Fleet Street in London.
The service crawls along the capital at just 4.9mph, making it slower than a running mouse, which can sprint at 8mph, or a chicken, which can do 9mph.
The number 15H bus runs between Tower Hill and Trafalgar Square via Fleet Street in London
The route, which operates with a heritage Routemaster vehicle, also travels at only 1.5 times the average walking speed, hardly making it ideal for those in a rush.
The 15H, which is the only preserved AEC Routemaster route in London, copies a 2.5-mile central route taken by the 15 from Blackwall station to Charing Cross station.
This means it takes about 30 minutes for the bus to complete the route - which could be completed in just under 20 minutes by a continually sprinting mouse.
Therefore, in theory, by the time the mouse completes the route, the bus running towards Trafalgar Square would have only made it to the Royal Courts of Justice.
It takes about 30 minutes for the bus to complete the route from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square - which could be completed in just under 20 minutes by a continually sprinting mouse
The top ten slowest bus routes in London
1) 15H: Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square - heritage Routemaster (4.9mph)
2) 656: Emerson Park School to Gallows Corner - school special (5.1mph)
3) 65X: Ealing Broadway to Gunnersbury Park - London Mela special (5.8mph)
4) 11: Fulham Town Hall to Great Winchester Street (5.9mph)
5) 14: Putney Heath to Warren Street Station (6.1mph)
6=) 38: Clapton Pond to Victoria Bus Station (6.4mph)
6=) 655: Mitcham to Raynes Park High School (6.4mph)
8=) 15: Blackwall Station to Charing Cross Station (6.6mph)
8=) 22: Putney Common to Oxford Circus (6.6mph)
8=) 23: Westbourne Park to Aldwych (6.6mph)
The top ten fastest bus routes in London
1) 637: Kemnal College, Sidcup to Grove Park Station - school special (22.3mph)
2) 636: Kemnal College, Sidcup to Grove Park Station - school special (19.6mph)
3) N33: Hammersmith to Fulwell (19.1mph)
4) N34: Barnet High Street to Walthamstow Bus Station (18.5mph)
5) N321: Foots Cray Tesco to New Cross Sainsbury's (18.4mph)
6) N119: Bromley North Station to Purley Way (18.4mph)
7) N213: Kingston to Sutton Bus Garage (17.9mph)
8) N111: Kingston to Heathrow Central Station (17.9mph)
9) 246: Bromley North Station to Chartwell (17.9mph)
10) N22: Twickenham to Oxford Circus (17.7mph)
Buses on the 15H route run every 20 minutes from 9.30am to 6.30pm, allowing people to travel on the iconic Associated Equipment Company Routemasters.
The next slowest buses is a school special - the 656 from Emerson Park School in Upminster, Essex, which runs to Gallows Corner at an average of just 5.1mph.
The third slowest is the 65X special from Ealing Broadway to Gunnersbury Park that runs once a year for the London Mela Asian festival, running at 5.8mph.
In fourth place is the 11 from Fulham Town Hall to Great Winchester Street at 5.9mph, then in fifth is the 14 from Putney Heath to Warren Street at 6.1mph.
Bus speed data from Transport for London shows passengers travelled at an average speed of 10.6mph on buses between April 2017 to March 2018.
Richard Freeston-Clough, from the London TravelWatch watchdog, said: 'We remain very concerned about bus speeds and therefore journey times for London's bus passengers. It is a significant reason for the decline in ridership.
TfL and the London boroughs must do much more than they are in terms of bus priority on the streets buses use
Richard Freeston-Clough, London TravelWatch
'We have noted that there has been an upturn in speeds in the last few quarters on some routes, but this is nowhere near up to the speeds of four years ago.
'In the short term TfL and the London boroughs must do much more than they are in terms of bus priority on the streets buses use.'
Claire Mann, director of bus operations at TfL, said: 'Buses in London are more reliable than ever and after more than 120 schemes to give buses priority and a thorough review of traffic light timings, speeds are improving.
'We remain committed to improving journeys for Londoners, so we're investing millions of pounds into bus priority measures, coordinating roadworks better and improving how we manage our road network.'