High-profile routes with various levels of segregated track have demonstrated the greater role that buses could play in persuading car owners to leave their cars at home, but it has proved hard to secure approval and funding for new projects


Brighton & Hove 409 (BJ11 XHK), a Wright Eclipse Gemini 2-bodied Volvo B9TL, at Brighton station on route 6, which operates at a lower frequency with longer running time at peak periods. DAVID JUKES
Arriva Southern Counties 4305 (GN15 CXB), a Wright StreetLite Max dedicated to the Fastrack network, leaving Greenhithe station along the bus-only road to the Ingress Park development. The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge — part of the M25 Dartford Crossing — is in the background. DAVID JENKINS

It does not take much to bring disruption to the roads of south-east England, with operators facing a constant battle to design timetables that work day in, day out.

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