I’ve been a bit remiss in posting various researches that have appeared on other forums, so I’m going to put them here in a big lump.  First off, Red Arrow bus types and capacities over time:

Bus    Seats    Stands    Total    %sts    %stnds    stnds/sts ratio
MBS    25    48    73    34%    66%    1.92
N/nal2    28    46    74    38%    62%    1.64
CitaroG    49    100    149    33%    67%    2.04
MEC    21    76    97    22%    78%    3.62

[MEC is Boris’s Cattle Truck as used now on the 507 and 521, of which a fairly balanced, informed discussion can be read here at londonbusroutes]

Bus passenger numbers over time, taken from the most recent TfL Annual Report :
Passenger numbers on buses per annum:

  • 2002/3 – 1.534bn
  • 2003/4 – 1.702bn
  • 2004/5 – 1.793bn
  • 2005/6 – 1.816bn
  • 2006/7 – 1.880bn
  • 2007/8 – 2.176bn
  • 2008/9 – 2.247bn

Seats per hour calculations for the new and old 507 timetable:

  • Old – 12 buses per hour, 49 seats per bus, 588 seats/hour
  • New – 18 buses per hour, 21 seats per bus, 378 seats/hour

So the result is 64% of the previous seating capacity.

I now return you to our regular spam.

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