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Circle line Operation

Question No: 240 / 2010

John Biggs

How have the new arrangements for the operation of the Circle line settled down? What problems were (initially or otherwise) thrown up by the changes?

Answer from the Mayor:

The new arrangements on the Circle line are working very well, with a reduction in delays on average of 37 per cent in the four weeks since the new service pattern was introduced, compared to the final four weeks of the old service. A comparison with the final six months of the old service shows an improvement of 20 per cent. Customers using stations between Hammersmith and Paddington have also benefitted from a substantial increase in the frequency of trains, now every five minutes compared to every 8-10 minutes before the change. This means people spend less time waiting for a train, and trains are less crowded when they arrive.


Customers using other sub-surface lines have also benefitted, with more peak services between Wimbledon and the City on the District line, extra Metropolitan line services through to Aldgate, and more Hammersmith & City line trains between Whitechapel and Barking.


Circle line services have faced some operating challenges unrelated to the timetable change since its introduction, including several days of severe adverse weather and higher-than-average numbers of trains being unavailable for service due to defects. The new service has coped well with these challenges, and the evidence to date suggests that recovery from disruption, when it occurs, has been quicker than under the previous service pattern.


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Circle line Operation

Question No: 241 / 2010

John Biggs

How have the new arrangements settled down? What problems were (initially or otherwise) thrown up by the changes?

Answer from the Mayor:

The new arrangements on the Circle line are working very well, with a reduction in delays on average of 37 per cent in the four weeks since the new service pattern was introduced, compared to the final four weeks of the old service. A comparison with the final six months of the old service shows an improvement of 20 per cent. Customers using stations between Hammersmith and Paddington have also benefitted from a substantial increase in the frequency of trains, now every five minutes compared to every 8-10 minutes before the change. This means people spend less time waiting for a train, and trains are less crowded when they arrive.


Customers using other sub-surface lines have also benefitted, with more peak services between Wimbledon and the City on the District line, extra Metropolitan line services through to Aldgate, and more Hammersmith & City line trains between Whitechapel and Barking.


Circle line services have faced some operating challenges unrelated to the timetable change since its introduction, including several days of severe adverse weather and higher-than-average numbers of trains being unavailable for service due to defects. The new service has coped well with these challenges, and the evidence to date suggests that recovery from disruption, when it occurs, has been quicker than under the previous service pattern.


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London Dangerous Dogs Forum (1)

Question No: 242 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Can you list the meetings of the Forum and provide the minutes of those meetings?

Answer from the Mayor:

28 Oct 2008 First meeting to agree the way forward

14 Jan 2009 Sub-group meeting to agree key messages

27 Jan 2009 Meeting

22 May 2009 Meeting

2 Nov 2009 Meeting


These were exploratory meetings and not minuted, except the meeting on 22nd May for which the notes of the meeting are attached as Appendix I.


The next meeting is scheduled for April 2010.

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London Dangerous Dogs Forum (2)

Question No: 243 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Can you list the members of the Forum?

Answer from the Mayor:

The organisations represented on the LDDF include:


ACPO Dog Legislation Advisor

Battersea Cats & Dogs Home

Brent Council

Communication Workers Union

Dogs Trust

Kennel Club

GLA

Mayhew Animal Home

Metropolitan Police Service

Newham Council

RSPCA

Wood Green Animal Shelter


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London Dangerous Dogs Forum (3)

Question No: 244 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Can you detail what actions the Forum has taken since it was created?

Answer from the Mayor:

Since the LDDF set up in November 2008 it has provided the forum for statutory and voluntary agencies to work together on the issue of dangerous dogs in the capital.


Members of the LDDF have:


  • Worked with the MPS on kennelling standards for dogs

  • Worked with the GLA to host an event for Local Authorities in November, 2009

  • Engaged with a wide range of stakeholders to provide support to those local partnerships in developing initiatives and responses. This includes:




    • Promoting the need for housing management standards;

    • Exploring changes to dangerous dog legislation;

    • Tackling illegal breeding;

    • Education work with young people;

    • Improving co-ordination and promotion of micro chipping and neutering;

    • Addressing damage caused to trees; and

    • Improving data and sharing of good practice.



London Dangerous Dogs Forum (4)

Question No: 245 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

What are the priorities and plan of work of the Forum?

Answer from the Mayor:

The current work plan for the forum covers the following areas:


  • Guidance and best practice for the Criminal Justice System

  • Developing key messages for wider dissemination

  • Produce an effective and targeted education strategy for the public around responsible dog ownership

  • Producing a communications strategy to liaise with opinion formers and other stakeholders

  • Advise on animal welfare issues relevant to status and dangerous dogs.



Knife/ Stabbing Injuries (1)

Question No: 246 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Regarding MQT 156 / 2009, can you confirm which NHS trusts are sharing information?

Answer from the Mayor:

The MPS continues to support the work being undertaken by the Government Office for London and the NHS to develop processes for the routine sharing of non-personal data. This work is progressing and the list of boroughs growing, but is not comprehensive in London at this stage. The following Trusts and boroughs are currently routinely sharing information:


Barnet Hospital (Barnet Borough)

Whittington Hospital (Islington)

Royal London (Tower Hamlets)

Royal Free (Camden Borough)

Ealing Hospital (Ealing Borough)

Homerton Hospital (Hackney)

Hillingdon hospital (Hillingdon)

Kings College Hospital and Guys Hospital (Southwark)

St Thomas’ (Lambeth)

Newham General Hospital (Newham)

Princess Royal (Greenwich)

Queen Mary’s (Bromley)


Knife/ Stabbing Injuries (2)

Question No: 247 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Regarding MQT 156 / 2009, can you confirm which CDRPs are receiving information on knife crime victims?

Answer from the Mayor:

Where the NHS trusts are sharing information, the relevant CDRP receives non-personal data on knife crime victims. This data is therefore being shared amongst partners on the following boroughs:


Barnet

Islington

Tower Hamlets

Camden Borough

Ealing

Hackney

Hillingdon

Southwark

Lambeth

Newham

Greenwich

Bromley


In addition, General Medical Council guidance now requires staff to report knife injuries to police. Hence, wherever such a knife crime offence takes place in London the police as a representative of the local CDRP will be notified. Further information between CDRP partners will then take place as designated through local information sharing provisions. Experience from Blunt 2 indicates that such notification is now normal practice, as the local liaison with Accident and Emergency Departments had been developed over the past year.

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Knife/Stabbing Injuries (3)

Question No: 248 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Regarding MQT 156 / 2009, you state that all knife crime is being notified to the MPS, but that the figures are not available from the NHS or MPS. Who is recording the notifications and why are the figures not being collated for publication?

Answer from the Mayor:

General Medical Council guidance now requires injuries arising from knife-enabled violence to be notified to the police. These notifications are fully recorded and the MPS routinely releases data for publication on knife crime injuries.


However, the proportion of total knife injuries reported to the MPS by NHS staff is not separately recorded. The MPS crime reporting system does not code for this data, and it is therefore not searchable.


As part of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, the Home Office is in the early stages of exploring a hub to capture all the data supplied by hospital trusts to police under data sharing provisions.

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North Circular Roadworks (1)

Question No: 249 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

What action are you planning to take to ameliorate the effects of the A406 road-widening scheme on traffic flows and congestion in the surrounding streets?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL shall appoint a contractor to build the A406 Environmental Improvement scheme in February 2010, with construction planned to commence in the Spring.  A detailed construction programme will be available once the contractor is appointed and the programme can be worked up.  This programme will confirm the extent of the traffic management necessary to implement the scheme, which will have a bearing on the impacts of the scheme on traffic flow.  Once the programme has been prepared TfL will determine the impacts on traffic flow and consider what strategies are necessary to accommodate these.


In March 2010 TfL will hold a public exhibition with information on the final design and the construction phasing. This will be advertised in February via the local press with details available on the TfL website and invitations sent to stakeholders. 

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North Circular Roadworks (2)

Question No: 250 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

What plans do TfL have to counter traffic disruption that will inevitably follow when the major phase of the A406 roadworks commences? Please provide me with specific details. Have these plans been discussed with local residents?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please refer to my answer to MQ 249 / 2010.


TfL will hold a public exhibition on the scheme in March, and has engaged with local residents and stakeholders on a number of prior occasions. These included a public consultation and exhibition on the benefits of the scheme in 2002. There was a further mailing and public exhibition on the scheme in 2005 when the TfL Board made the decision to proceed with the scheme. There was also a full consultation by the London Borough of Enfield in 2006, as planning authority.

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Automated Personal Location System (APLS)

Question No: 251 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

When will the APLS be rolled out to all officers?

Answer from the Mayor:

I have been informed that the MPS will have rolled out APLS to all officers by October 2010.


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Safer Transport Teams in Enfield

Question No: 253 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

A resident has raised the issue of school children on buses with me. He would like to know what difference the Safer Transport Teams have made in respect to the boisterous behaviour displayed by some school children on buses, particularly after school has finished when they are on their way home. I would be grateful for your response, particularly with view to the Safer Transport Teams in Enfield.

Answer from the Mayor:

The Borough of Enfield has a total of 46 Safer Transport Command (STC) officers in the local Safer Transport Team (STT). This includes two hub teams that patrol the Enfield Town Centre transport hub and the Edmonton Green hub. The STC provides daily patrols at bus stops and key school routes at both school opening and during afternoon peak travel time 3pm to 5pm.


Crime on public transport in London is low and reducing further. The latest crime statistics show that, compared to the same period in 2009, crimes committed on or around the bus network in Enfield have been reduced by 14.7 per cent.


The STT is also working closely with TfL’s schools liaison coordinator to highlight schools that require support from TfL’s Safety and Citizenship team, which runs an education programme visiting both primary and secondary schools promoting responsible travel and respectful behaviour towards others.


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Frontline Policing (1)

Question No: 254 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

How do you define frontline policing?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Met engages with public in an array of situations, directly and technologically, which can be considered frontline policing.


Frontline Policing (2)

Question No: 255 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

How do you plan to measure the time officers spend on frontline policing?

Answer from the Mayor:

The MPS have developed a draft definition of frontline policing and draft methodology to measure performance and are awaiting agreement from the MPA.


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Frontline Policing (3)

Question No: 256 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

How many hours a week does the average police officer spend on frontline policing?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my response to MQ255 / 2010.


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Frontline Policing (4)

Question No: 257 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

What plans do you have to increase the amount of time officers spend on frontline policing?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my response to MQ255 / 2010.


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Pedestrian Rail Guards (PRG) Programme – Enfield

Question No: 258 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Please supply details for all pedestrian railings in Enfield that have been removed by TfL as part of the PRG Programme.

Answer from the Mayor:

An assessment of the 7,946m of guard rail on the Transport for London Road Network in the London Borough of Enfield has been completed. TfL has proposed to remove 1,730m of guard rail in the Borough. This follows a rigorous assessment and removal only takes place where it is shown that the guard rail does not provide a clear safety benefit.  To date, proposals to remove 1,350m of this guard rail have been discussed and agreed with stakeholders. The guard railings have been subsequently removed. TfL continues to discuss the remaining guard railing that they proposed be removed with the Borough.


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North Circular Road Housing Properties (1)

Question No: 259 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

TfL is in the process of disposing of 400 of its properties along the NCR to the Notting Hill Housing Trust. Many of these properties are currently home to local residents who now face the possible prospect of losing their homes. I understand the Council is to establish an A406 lettings policy, but that there is no guarantee that local residents, who may have lived in their homes for many years, can stay.

I am greatly concerned about the current tenants and their future. Will you please ensure that in handing over the homes to the Notting Hill Trust that local residents are protected and will be guaranteed they can stay in their homes?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL has sold its portfolio to Notting Hill Housing Trust, a Registered Social Landlord.


The houses have been transferred subject to the existing tenancies. Notting Hill Housing Trust is working with London Borough of Enfield, as the local housing authority, in assessing the housing needs of the tenants, in accordance with London Borough of Enfield’s housing policies.

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