A San Francisco-based mobility startup owned by Ford has launched four new morning and evening commuter bus routes in South London.
Chariot, which already runs similar projects in several cities in the United States, has begun operating the buses in Battersea, Wandsworth, Nuxley and Greenwich. The routes have been designed to serve relatively unconnected parts of the city, connecting residential areas to their nearest London Underground or main line train station.
The scheme means passengers in these under-served areas complete the first and last mile of their daily journeys in a minibus rather than on foot, on existing local buses, or by taxi. The Chariot buses will run through these densely populated areas and on to transport hubs such as Clapham Junction or North Greenwich.
Passengers book and pay for the service using an app, which guarantees them a seat. The buses are 14-seater Ford Transit vehicles with wifi, air conditioning and storage for small bags. Some are wheelchair-accessible.