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Publicising consultations

Question No: 83 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

How did you go about publicising the consultations on your draft Transport strategy, your draft Economic Development Strategy and your draft replacement London Plan? Where were the consultations advertised and what did you do to encourage responses?

Answer from the Mayor:

The three draft strategies were developed in parallel, integrated as far as possible under the ‘Shaping London’s Future’ banner. The consultations were publicised in line with the requirements set out in the legislation governing the review of the Strategies, and I sought to use the most cost-effective methods to reach Londoners across the Capital.


TfL used its regular Metro page to inform Londoners about the consultation proposals for transport, and provided details of how to respond.


Advertisements were placed in 61 London local press titles, borough titles, London Lite (which was secured free of charge), specialist press targeting ethnic communities and other special interest groups, posters on the Underground and bus shelters, and online. It also featured both a web address (www.london.gov.uk/shaping-london) and a telephone number, providing Londoners with details on how to obtain more information, and advice on how to respond with their views.


Twenty one roadshows took place across central, inner and outer London in town halls, shopping centres and stations, giving the opportunity for members of the public to discuss the policies and proposals with policy officers.


Copies of all three strategy documents were sent to each borough council, and organisations that we are legally required to consult. A public information leaflet was also produced, and was available on request from the call centre, at roadshows, and from main public libraries across London.


A substantial number of meetings took place with specific groups, in particular the boroughs, but also including business representative groups, transport and environment groups, the health and voluntary sectors.


In addition, my advisors and myself mentioned the draft strategies at events and numerous speaking engagements.

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Financial institutions

Question No: 84 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Your press release of January 10th stated “The Mayor and his advisers have been in discussion with several leading financial institutions that are considering or already planning to move staff and operations overseas.” Please list the names of those financial institutions that you or your advisers have been discussion with.

Answer from the Mayor:

Please refer to my response to MQ304 / 2010.


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TFL – tree planting

Question No: 85 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

a) Can you please explain why TfL replaced only two out of three trees after removing them from Imperial Court, Kennington lane, SE11 5QN? And;

b) Can you give me a date when the third tree will be replaced?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL removed three trees from Kennington Lane in 2009, two of which were directly outside Imperial Court and one from further along the same street. All three of these trees have now been replaced.


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Thames Estuary Airport (1)

Question No: 86 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Is it true that you wrote, or told, your advisers that an airport in the Thames Estuary could be the “biggest boldest thing we do?”

Answer from the Mayor:

Please see my answer to MQ 3738 / 2009.


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Thames Estuary Airport (2)

Question No: 87 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Having told the Assembly’s Transport Committee on the 20th October 2009 that you “do not have an aspiration” to build the Thames Estuary Airport, are you now going to scrap the Thames Estuary Airport Steering Group?

Answer from the Mayor:

No.


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Thames Estuary Airport (3)

Question No: 88 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

I understand that your deputy Mayor for Policing, Kit Malthouse is meeting with the leaders of all the political groups on Medway Council on March 2nd following the request of Medway Council to set out their united opposition to an airport in the Thames estuary. Can you explain why you have refused to personally meet the key elected representatives of Medway Council on this significant issue?

Answer from the Mayor:

My Deputy Mayor for Policing, Kit Malthouse, sits on the Thames Estuary Steering Group and is well suited to take such meetings on my behalf.

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Night Buses

Question No: 89 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Would you reconsider the TfL plan to cease the N159 bus service which means residents of Addiscombe and Shirley won’t have a night bus from central London?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL propose that route N159 be replaced with three new services: an enhanced route 159 service, which would run 24 hours per day between Paddington Basin and Streatham; a new N109 service between central London and Croydon, and a new 24-hour service on route 64 between Thornton Heath and New Addington. Addiscombe and Shirley would retain the existing 24-hour service on route 119 (Croydon-Bromley). TfL consulted stakeholders on its proposals in a consultation ending on 8 January 2010. TfL is now considering the responses and expects to announce the outcome of next month.


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Road traffic accidents involving heavy goods vehicles:

Question No: 90 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Further to my question last month on road accidents involving HGVs, (question number 3808/2009), can you please detail what targeted work is taking place in the boroughs of Barnet and Ealing, whose figures give great cause for concern?

Answer from the Mayor:

TfL has recently launched the draft Cycle Safety Action Plan. The Plan sets out a number of areas where existing or future London-wide safety actions will target:


  • The provision of new, safe infrastructure for cycling;

  • High impact Pan- London advertising campaigns to make cycling safer by warning drivers that it is easy to miss something if one is not looking for it;

  • Training to improve driver and cyclists skills, including exchanging places events where HGV drivers and cyclists swap places

  • Promoting safer cycling among all road users; and

  • Specific initiatives to tackle freight casualties. These include posters on the backs of lorries with warnings for cyclists, distributing over 10,000 free Fresnel lenses to HGV operators, distributing a DVD highlighting the dangers to cyclists of left-turning HGVs, driver training supported through the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) and pan-London campaigns on the theme of look out for bikes.


As well as the Cycling Action Plan TfL is implementing Cycle SuperHighways, with the first 2 routes being opened in Spring 2010. These are specifically identified routes that are particularly suitable for cyclists.


Borough specific activities will be managed by individual boroughs and further information on activities in Barnet and Ealing can be obtained from the two boroughs in question.


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Lack of recovery time?

Question No: 91 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

With the increased volume of trains going through the North of the City on the sub-surface tube lines, what is the effect if there is disruption on these services? Is there sufficient slack in the system time-wise to be able to recover?

Answer from the Mayor:

There has not been an increase in the number of trains operating through the north of the City on the Sub-Surface lines, as the increased train frequency between Hammersmith and Paddington has been achieved by extending Circle line services, rather than operating any additional trains. TfL is running an extra Metropolitan line train per hour into Aldgate, but there are two fewer Circle / Hammersmith & City line trains per hour, so there has not been an increase in total frequency.


By introducing an end-to-end service, the recent change in the Circle line route reduces the susceptibility of services to delays, and allows quicker recovery from disruption. Recovery time has been built into the timetable at Hammersmith and Edgware Road, enabling trains to depart on time from the termini even if they arrive a few minutes late. Run times have also been increased marginally, to allow for the additional passengers using the service, which also adds resilience to the timetable.


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 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 has been quicker than under the previous service pattern.


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Noisy Buses in East Dulwich (1)

Question No: 92 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Are you aware that many residents in East Dulwich are suffering due to the noise caused by buses running down their streets particularly at evening and night, and especially along the 176 route? Do you accept that 84dB(A) is an unreasonable noise limit for buses operating in the dead of night when, for example, an alarm clock is 80dB(A)?

Answer from the Mayor:

I am aware that TfL has received and is investigating several complaints from residents on this subject.


All buses operated in the UK must comply with noise regulations set by the European Union. Those used on route 176 comply with this.


TfL is seeking to exceed this requirement for new buses entering the fleet. It now requires that new buses achieve a further 3 dB(A) reduction beyond the EU minimum requirement.


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Noisy Buses in East Dulwich (2)

Question No: 93 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

What plans are there to ensure that more suitable buses are being rostered, such as quieter hybrid ones, for evening and night-time work in areas like East Dulwich particularly on the 176 route?

Answer from the Mayor:

Buses on route 176 are suitable and comply with all legal requirements for buses in the UK.


There are a range of 56 hybrid buses on trial across the Capital and it is intended that all new buses entering the fleet will be hybrids by 2012. This will be through the route renewal process and will depend on the competitiveness of individual bids. The allocation of hybrid buses to routes is yet to be decided.


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Whitechapel Station Platform Announcement Boards

Question No: 94 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

At Bethnal Green tube station there are two new sets of announcement boards, one on each platform. In contrast, Whitechapel station has old style boards, which do not give as much information. When will the platform announcement boards at Whitechapel tube station be replaced?

Answer from the Mayor:

The old train information boards across the Central line are being replaced with more modern ones. The relatively new signalling system is able to send information automatically to these boards.


Installing modern boards at Whitechapel is not feasible because significant modifications would be required to make them accept the information feed from the very different (and antiquated) District line signalling system. Even then the information they would be able to display would be much more limited than on the Central line.


As you know, London Underground is currently tendering for the new signalling system on the District line as part of the upgrade of the sub-surface lines. Whitechapel station will also be completely rebuilt by 2016 as part of the Crossrail project, with enabling work beginning this year and construction starting in 2011. Together, those two projects will enable us to provide much better service information at the station, including modern indicator boards, in roughly eight years time.


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Compensation for Jubilee Line Passengers

Question No: 95 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

It is reported that the rail Company First Capital Connect have passed on to their customers compensation of 5 days worth of free travel to holders of registered annual Travelcards who have suffered appalling service in recent weeks. Will you give passengers who have suffered greatly due to the Jubilee Line upgrade works similar compensation?

Answer from the Mayor:

First Capital Connect has offered compensation to season ticket holders due to prolonged disruption caused by an industrial dispute with some drivers who refused to work overtime. As a result, First Capital Connect had to introduce an emergency timetable with a much reduced service on weekdays, including during peak periods.


The weekend closures on the Jubilee line are for the line upgrade work and have been planned and advertised in advance. TfL does not offer compensation or refunds in these circumstances. In addition, it would be impractical to identify those affected customers.


There are significant costs associated with providing replacement bus and boat services. Any funding used to offer compensation would potentially impact the provision of these replacement services. Furthermore, it would also mean that funds would be diverted away from future improvements to the network.


It is also important to remember that a Travelcard gives access to all of London’s transport services, so customers are still able to benefit by using other modes, when parts of the Jubilee line are not available at weekends.


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Lack of Information Mansion House station on New Year

Question No: 96 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

On New Years Eve I understand all the internal footways were closed at Mansion House station and passengers were directed, via whiteboard signs, to leave the station and walk to Bank. There were no staff in sight in Mansion House to help direct passengers to Bank, and there were large numbers of people not familiar with the layout of the city. On arriving at Bank, I have been informed that 2 of the 4 lifts were closed which added to the confusion. In light of this, will London Underground be reviewing travel arrangements at these stations for subsequent New Years?

Answer from the Mayor:

Mansion House station was open on New Year’s Eve.


The subway leading to the station, which is owned by the City of London, was closed by the Police as part of their crowd management strategy for the evening. The whiteboards were also provided by the Police.


New Year’s Eve is a very busy time at Mansion House station, and this can lead to crowding on trains and platforms. In order to prevent overcrowding and ensure passenger safety, London Underground needs to have control over the access to the station, temporarily suspending access if necessary. The subway closure helps provide this control, and London Underground fully supports the action taken by the Police in this regard.


Extra staff were on duty at Mansion House station, but were deployed within the station, and at the open entrances, to assist passengers and ensure the safe operation of the station. Passengers arriving at Mansion House had the option of accessing the station via the main entrance, or walking to Bank station, which is only a short and well signposted walk away. While two lifts may have been out service at Bank, all the escalators were working, so there would have been minimal impact on passenger flows.


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Running a Saturday service on New Years Eve

Question No: 97 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Considering that New Years Eve 2009 was a working day, and New Years Eve 2010 will also be a normal working day, would you agree with me that it is not acceptable for rail providers to only run a Saturday service?

Answer from the Mayor:

Train operators in general operate a reduced service (often a Saturday service) on the three working days between Christmas and New Year (including New Year’s Eve). This is because a significant proportion of people choose to take holidays on these days and, therefore, passenger demand is much lower than on normal working days. London Underground also operates a Saturday service on these days. I therefore do not believe it is necessary or appropriate for the train operators to run the usual weekday service at this relatively quiet time of the year.

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