frequency of service to be HALVED [2 February 2018]

Transport for London is to reduce the service on bus route RV1 – which serves the South Bank and Bankside – from six buses an hour to just three.

From Saturday 10 February bus route RV1 – from Covent Garden to Tower Hill via Waterloo, the South Bank, Bankside and London Bridge – will operate every 20 minutes.

TfL says it is making the change “to match demand” for the service.

The RV1 was introduced in 2002 with a 10-minute frequency.

Hydrogen-powered buses are used on the route which is operated by Tower Transit.

Since September 2016 the RV1 has been operating to a ‘temporary’ timetable – with buses every 12 minutes – due to the long-term diversions at both Waterloo and London Bridge.

Now TfL is making further reductions to the permanent timetable, reducing the service to just three buses an hour.

Faced with a budget squeeze, TfL has been cutting frequencies on bus routes across London but few have seen such a drastic reduction as the RV1.

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