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Air Quality

Question No: 343 / 2010

Gareth Bacon

The Mayor’s Report refers to an “accelerated timetable” for the development of the public draft Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy and the UK’s resubmission to the EU on PM10 limits. What is this timetable, and what progress has been made in achieving the necessary support from the relevant Government departments?

Answer from the Mayor:

I expect to publish a draft of my Air Quality Strategy for consultation with the public in the spring. Some of the measures in my Strategy will contribute to the further information that the Government intends submitting to the European Commission regarding its application for a time extension to 2011 for the PM10 limit values. We are working closely with the Government on that submission but the date it will be sent to the Commission is a matter for the Government. We have repeatedly emphasised the need for close joint working, but also for progress on measures we need government to take, in discussions with Defra, FfT and others at all levels.


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Olympic Route Network

Question No: 344 / 2010

Gareth Bacon

With over 2,200 vehicles using the Blackwall Tunnel every hour in each direction, east and south east London are at risk of being brought to a standstill by plans to cordon off half of the Blackwall Tunnel for exclusive Olympic lanes. Will you oppose these plans and ensure that they are never implemented?

Answer from the Mayor:

There are no plans to use Games Lanes in the tunnel itself.


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Five Ways junction, Croydon

Question No: 345 / 2010

Steve O’Connell

If funds became available, would TfL support, in principle, purchasing or compulsory purchasing the section of grassed land between Purley Way and Stafford Road at the Five Ways junction in order to build a new left turn from Purley Way that is further back from the junction? Such a turn would greatly enhance traffic flow by allowing more vehicles to turn left whilst the lights in front are red, in comparison to the current left turn that is blocked if more than 2 cars are going straight ahead.

Answer from the Mayor:

Provision of the new left turn would not solely be dependent on the acquisition of additional land, which in any case can potentially be a costly and time consuming process. Although acquisition of the land would be a large element of the overall costs there would potentially also be further significant costs associated with, for example, the diversion / lowering of utilities plant and the location, design and construction of the new carriageway required, as well as new traffic signalling equipment. In short, there is potential for the costs of such a scheme to be very high. Should funding become available this scheme would obviously need to compete for them with other projects, at which time the priority that should be accorded the scheme would be determined through a cost-benefit exercise.


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West Croydon station

Question No: 346 / 2010

Steve O’Connell

What regeneration work do TfL and the GLA plan to undertake, encourage or fund around West Croydon station i.e. will the bus station be improved or will there be direct foot access from the train station through to the bus station?

Answer from the Mayor:

The GLA family are actively supporting the London Borough of Croydon to develop a master plan for the West Croydon area. The brief for the consultants retained by the local authority includes the bus station site, as well as a wide range of transport and interchange issues.  TfL and LDA officers are involved in assessing practical improvements that include better bus passenger provision and access. West Croydon has many constraints and a substantial number of interested landowners. It is too early to be prescriptive about specific measures, but it is likely that any initiatives will require the agreement of many parties, a phased approach and the realisation of 3rd party funding sources, as TfL’s current Business Plan has no provision for major bus infrastructure works.


West Croydon, in line with all of London Overground former Southern stations, will receive a programme of improvements which will be completed in 2010. The improvements will raise the station’s quality standards to those of existing London Overground stations. This will include repairs to floors and platform surfaces with tactile strips, the installation of a suite of new station signage, including way-finding signs, improved CCTV equipment, PA systems and information systems including 'next train' indicator signs on all platforms, improved lighting at both station entrances and on platforms. This will also include the installation of signage to improve the visibility of the station location.

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Tramlink extension

Question No: 347 / 2010

Steve O’Connell

I am extremely disappointed to see no mention in your transport strategy of extensions to tramlink. You have accepted elsewhere that there should be a north-south route from Streatham to Purley and the Crystal Palace extension was previously all set for the go-ahead. Residents appreciate the problems faced by budget black holes but recognition needs to be given of the desire for these extensions and the Mayor’s and TfL’s commitment to delivering them. Will you give such a commitment and include the tram in your revised TfL business plan next year?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Transport Strategy specifically mentions extensions to Tramlink on pages 128 and 129. I am committed to improving transport in outer London, and I recognise the important role played by the tram. This is reflected by proposal 16.


Given the large capital expenditure required in delivering new or extended tram services it is vital that we choose the right solutions to address challenges and opportunities in south London. As a consequence, TfL is committed to increasing the capacity of Tramlink and is working with the London Borough of Croydon to do so. In addition, some initial investigation of Tramlink extensions, to meet these challenges, has been undertaken and this will be explored further with boroughs and other key stakeholders over the next six months. The results will be included within the south London sub-regional transport plan due for completion in late summer 2010.


However, there is no funding available within the current business plan period (to 2017/18) for Tramlink extensions and additional funds would have to be sought from government or other sources to progress such a scheme.


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Affordable family homes

Question No: 348 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Of the affordable family homes built since 2004 the number of houses built more than halved and the number of flats built trebled. Does the Mayor think this trend will continue and will he take action to reverse it?

Answer from the Mayor:

I am determined to see more family sized affordable homes, including houses, delivered in London. The draft London Housing Strategy has the toughest targets to deliver family-sized affordable housing since the GLA was set up and the majority of HCA funding goes towards family sized homes. However, it is likely that majority of new affordable homes built in London will continue to be flats rather than houses.


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LDA Projects

Question No: 349 / 2010

Andrew Boff

What percentage of LDA projects in 2009/10 are focused on a single borough?

Answer from the Mayor:

In 2009/10, 19% of LDA projects benefit just one borough. The rest have beneficiaries in multiple boroughs.


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2012 London Cultural Skills Fund (1)

Question No: 350 / 2010

Andrew Boff

What is the 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund doing to improve the employability of Londoners in the creative industries?

Answer from the Mayor:

All projects contracted by the 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund are offering courses to develop the skills of Londoners or employment support. The fund aims to raise the skills set and employment prospects of individuals in the creative industries, a sector that has been at the forefront of innovation, enterprise and creativity.


Several projects are offering skills development opportunities in varied art forms such as dance, craft, technical theatre, carnival production, acting and directing. As well as developing the skills required to work in the creative industries, individual employment prospects are furthered enhanced by combining these with mentoring, 1:1 support and employment advice.


In addition to developing specific creative skills, most projects are seeking to develop softer skills of participants, such as teamwork, communication and leadership skills, as well as building the confidence of beneficiaries.

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2012 London Cultural Skills Fund (2)

Question No: 351 / 2010

Andrew Boff

How many previously unemployed people have been helped into work by this fund?

Answer from the Mayor:

The 29 contracted projects do not finish until end of March 2010, so at this stage the final number is as yet unknown. Results will be captured by projects as part of the 6 month post activity monitoring which starts in April 2010 and is due to finish in September 2010.


The project is on course to offer Employment Support activities to over 200 people and we are looking for a target of 20 people to gain sustained employment and 30 people entering further education and/or training.


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2012 London Cultural Skills Fund (3)

Question No: 352 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Why will only 11 Boroughs benefit from this fund?

Answer from the Mayor:

Based on location of organisations funded, 12 boroughs will in fact benefit: Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.


Project activity, as outlined in original applications, will benefit 21 boroughs as delivery will be taking place at various locations or recruiting beneficiaries from more than one borough. There is also pan-London recruitment activity.


Grant funding was made through an open and competitive tender process and were all assessed consistently against an LDA framework. The location of the applicants was not a factor during assessment and applicants were therefore not at an advantage or disadvantage by being based in certain boroughs.


The majority of funding applications were received from inner London boroughs and two workshops were created and advertised to ensure wider engagement from outer London boroughs. Of the 12 boroughs that are benefitting, approximately 80% of all applications across the three rounds were from these boroughs.

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Olympic Stadium

Question No: 353 / 2010

Andrew Boff

How does the inclusion of the Olympic Stadium in the England 2018/2022 World Cup Bid affect the legacy use of this stadium and the likelihood of finding an anchor tenant?

Answer from the Mayor:

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) is focussed on securing the best possible use for the Olympic Stadium after the Games as well as being supportive of the 2018/22 World Cup bid. The Legacy Company is determined that the future of this valuable public asset is secured in a way which allows the best opportunities to come forward whilst delivery both legacy commitments and best value for money. A process will be put in place to allow appropriate uses for the Stadium to be brought forward, which will then be evaluated against a set of criteria prior to the Board of the OPLC making recommendations to the Mayor and Ministers.

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Permanent Olympic Venues

Question No: 354 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Please provide the budget for the transformation of each permanent Olympic venue into its legacy use after the Games?

Answer from the Mayor:

Within the ODA’s budget there is £350 million ring fenced to deliver the ODA’s post Games transformation obligations. This includes the conversion of each of the venues.


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Temporary Olympic Venues (1)

Question No: 355 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Who decides what happens to the sports facilities in temporary Olympic venues after the 2012 Games?

Answer from the Mayor:

Most of the temporary venues are the responsibility of LOCOG, in some instances together with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). Over the next 12 months, LOCOG will procure facilities and equipment in time for the comprehensive testing programme in advance of the Games.


LOCOG will look for the most cost-efficient and sustainable way to do this, including hiring or leasing where possible rather than outright purchase.  Of those items that it purchases, LOCOG will look to reuse or relocate equipment and facilities where it can, and so will work with stakeholders, such as the National Governing Bodies and partners across London and the UK, on how best to do this fairly.


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Temporary Olympic Venues (2)

Question No: 356 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Will the cost of transporting the facilities from temporary Olympic venues to a permanent home after 2012 be met by the ODA’s £350million post-Games transformation budget?

Answer from the Mayor:

The cost of transporting the temporary facilities after the Games will be the responsibility of the organisation or body that has purchased the facility.


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Diving facilities

Question No: 357 / 2010

Andrew Boff

Twenty-four London Boroughs do not have accessible diving facilities. How will the Olympics lead to a reduction in this number?

Answer from the Mayor:

‘A strategy to get London Swimming 2008-2012+’, published by London Swimming, sets out a clear framework for developing Aquatics across the city. It includes an aspiration that every Borough develop a clear aquatics strategy (which includes facility provision) and is part of a longer-term cross-London facility plan to improve access to diving.


In the short term, efforts are being made to ensure that existing facilities reach beyond Boroughs boundaries. A diving programme in Putney Leisure Centre has now been in operation for a year and draw residents from Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth as well as Putney.


Waltham Forest Council has developed their facility strategy and will be replacing their existing diving provision with a modern pool and boards. Westminster Council has refurbished their diving facility and a new programme will be operational from the spring.


Clearly, diving will have to compete for resource with other sports in years to come. However, in the years to 2012 and beyond we will be working alongside London Swimming and local authorities to support implementation of the plan.


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CCTV cameras (1)

Question No: 358 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

How many parking fines were issued because of the use of CCTV cameras by Transport for London in the past 12 months? What proportion of all the parking fines issued by TfL, over the same period, does this constitute?

Answer from the Mayor:

During 2009 TfL issued 155,466 penalty charges for CCTV parking contraventions. This constitutes 56% of the total parking penalties issued during the same period. The remainder were issued by TfL’s service partner, the Metropolitan Police Service.


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CCTV cameras (2)

Question No: 359 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

How much money has TfL generated from parking tickets issued by CCTV cameras in the last 12 months?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL received £8,709,456 in CCTV parking penalty charge payments during 2009.


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CCTV cameras (3)

Question No: 360 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

How long does a car have to stop for on a road where no parking is allowed before a ticket will be issued by a CCTV camera?

Answer from the Mayor:

The red route is designated a no-stopping network, which allows stopping and parking by exemption only.


Where a vehicle stops in a location where a no parking exemption is given, a minimum of 30 seconds will be observed prior to a contravention being recorded and a PCN being issued. This allows the civil enforcement officer to determine that the vehicle has stopped.


A period of five minutes is given where the vehicle is a Hackney carriage, a private hire vehicle, or where a blue badge is observed by the officer. This period is given in order to provide time for the driver to set down or pick up a passenger.

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Bus stop consultations (1)

Question No: 361 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

Further to the answer to my question on bus stop consultations at the last TfL plenary, could you please clarify who TfL considers an “affected resident” when it considers installing a new bus stop? What proximity to the bus stop does a resident’s home have to be before they are considered to be “affected”?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL would consider ‘affected residents’ to be the immediate frontagers. However TfL has not set a minimum or maximum distance within which it would engage but will instead consider what arrangements would be appropriate on a scheme-by-scheme basis.


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Bus stop consultations (2)

Question No: 362 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

Answer 289/2009 at the last TfL plenary, mentions TfL’s intention “to improve its processes for engaging people with homes or businesses . . . which have been selected [for consultation].” Please can you tell me how TfL intends to do this, and what considerations it has taken into account in its attempts to improve the process?

Answer from the Mayor:

To date, TfL has only engaged frontagers when it is proposed to install a shelter at a bus stop. TfL will “improve its processes for engaging people” by widening this work to include instances where its proposed to install, remove or move a bus stop, or where a material change is made to the footprint of existing infrastructure, such as installing a larger shelter.


The new arrangements were designed following discussions with stakeholders, wherein it emerged that there was an appetite for engagement on bus infrastructure to be widened.


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Cycling on pavements

Question No: 363 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Following concerns from local residents about cycling on the pavement along New Cross Road can you look at additional enforcement measures here in your role as both Chair of the MPA and Chair of TfL?

Answer from the Mayor:

I know that cycling on pavements is a concern for many residents. It has been raised in the consultation on my draft Transport Strategy and is often raised in safer neighbourhood team panel meetings. I am also aware of the concerns of many cyclists at the impact of others’ behaviour on their safety.


I can assure you that I am determined to deal with the issue of inappropriate behaviour by cyclists. Transport for London and the Metropolitan and City of London Police Services are working together to step up enforcement against cyclists who put themselves or other road users at risk through their behaviour. There will be series of operations this year at problem locations to use education and enforcement to bring about a change in cyclists’ behaviour and to encourage safer, considerate cycling. This will be complementary to other activity that Transport for London may plan under the ‘Share the Road’ initiative that seeks to encourage responsible and respectful behaviour by all road users. In addition, the potential to increase the penalty for cycling on pavements to £60 is being investigated.

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GLA group agency staff

Question No: 364 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

In preparing your draft budget for 2010-11, how many agency staff were employed by the GLA and each of the functional bodies for the financial years 2006/7, 2007/8 and 2008/9?

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see the schedule attached as Appendix K.


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