London Transit buses set to resume service on King Street as the road reopens to traffic

King Street reopens to traffic today between Ridout Street North and Wellington Street, and welcomes the return of London Transit service on Saturday, December 18, following completion of the first phase of the Downtown Loop rapid transit project.

Buses will travel along King Street in a newly installed curbside bus-only lane located on the south side of the road, as frequently as every 90 seconds.

Motorists travelling through the area must not park, stop, or drive in the designated bus-only lane. Signs have been installed to alert road users of the changes, and parking officers will be in the area enforcing the no stopping signs.

A graphic of the new traffic configuration on King Street, which features a curbside bus-only lane on the south side of the street.

Visitors driving to the area are asked to park in nearby lots and designated on-street parking locations, and can take advantage of two-hour free parking anywhere in the Core Area using promo code ‘CORE’ on the Honk app, until December 31. 

Transit users are encouraged to visit London Transit news and updates  for more information about LTC route changes and service updates.

Traffic on King Street between Ridout Street North and Wellington Street was previously restricted to accommodate Downtown Loop, Phase 1 construction. Once all three phases are complete, the Downtown Loop will run buses along King Street, Queens Avenue, Ridout Street North, and Wellington Street. The project has received funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

Construction on King Street included upgrading sewers and watermains below ground between Richmond Street and Wellington Street. The curbside bus-only lanes added above ground will improve traffic capacity, mobility, and safety. New streetlights and traffic signal upgrades will also be added as part of finishing work planned for early 2022.

Learn more about the Downtown Loop project.

Last modified:Friday, December 17, 2021