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Appendix B


London Assembly

31 March 2004

Subject: Questions to the Mayor

Report of: Director Of Secretariat

342 / 2004 - Pedicabs

Jenny Jones

Can you provide us with a timetable for TfL reporting on the registration of Pedicabs, and moving towards their proper regulation?

The Public Carriage Office and Cycling Centre of Excellence have commissioned a scoping study to consider the need for the regulation of pedicabs and whether any regulation should be voluntary or compulsory. This work will be the basis for a paper to the TfL Board recommending a proposed course of action.

In the meantime, the PCO is exploring what opportunities there might be for early legislative change to accommodate pedicab regulation if required and what voluntary scheme might be possible as an interim or substantive measure if necessary.

343 / 2004 - London-wide basis of Olympic Games bid

Andrew Pelling

While there is very good merit in our Olympic bid owing to the prospective concentration of facilities for athletes at our East London base, I am sure that you would agree with me that a successful Olympic bid will also be secured by emphasising the London-wide nature of the Olympic Games bid. What comments would you like to make about the London-wide basis of our bid?

This is a London bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and I certainly agree that it must belong to every Londoner and make the most of everything that London has to offer.

While the compact Olympic Park in the Lower Lea Valley is a cornerstone of the bid, London’s venue strategy takes full advantage of the capital’s sporting, cultural and architectural heritage. A number of events will take place in the wider east London area, including equestrianism in Greenwich and a range of events in the Millennium Dome, as well as at landmark sites across London, including tennis at Wimbledon, football at Wembley and archery at Lords. The area immediately surrounding each site will see a significant increase in economic activity for the period of the Games, and a strong legacy based on enhanced facilities with dramatically increased local, national and international profile.

The material benefits of the Olympic and Paralympic Games are not limited to the event sites:

  • The Games represent a massive opportunity for the hospitality industry across the whole of London.

  • Olympic teams from all over the world will be looking for holding camps in the run-up to the Games, and training camps for the Games themselves – GLA staff are working with London 2012 and the British Olympic Association to see how boroughs can attract these.

  • The four-year cultural festival that precedes the Games would take place across Greater London. It will stimulate London’s already vibrant creative and cultural industries and allow Londoners to create and enjoy a unique world-class event on their doorsteps.

The legacy of the Games will be equally felt across the whole of London. The Games will:

  • Bring investment in transport infrastructure that will give all Londoners improved access to new economic and leisure opportunities in the Lower Lea Valley and wider London Thames Gateway area.

  • Provide a unique opportunity to build world-class facilities for future generations across the whole of London, and to motivate young Londoners to become Olympians, or just lead healthy active lifestyles.

  • Train a spotlight on London’s cultural and creative strength, and act as a magnet for business, jobs and tourism for years to come.

While it is not a venue for the Games, I have also saved the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, safeguarding the facility as a venue for international competition and a world-class resource for London. This is part of an integrated strategy to improve participation in sport across London and to strengthen London’s standing as a natural home for international sport. A professional and impressive Olympic bid, even if ultimately unsuccessful, will further restore domestic and international confidence in London’s ability to plan and host international sporting events. 344 / 2004 - Traffic Signals in Croydon

Andrew Pelling

As part of the TfL work at the junction of Addington Road and Farleigh Road in Croydon, the decision has been made to remove the traffic lights which used to advise motorists whether or not traffic had been signalled to continue into their path and which were located ahead of motorists turning right at that junction. Please can we have these traffic lights reinstated?

The London Borough of Croydon contacted TfL to express their concern regarding the large numbers of accidents occurring at this junction. Investigations showed that some drivers did not have a clear view of vehicles coming towards them. This was obviously a serious concern, and so an alternative junction layout was devised.

TfL changed the circumstances under which vehicles may pass one another in the middle of the junction. Additionally, signals were moved from the far side of the junction which meant that drivers would observe the behaviour of oncoming vehicles rather than make assumptions from seeing the signals change. This is a proven accident reduction technique.

The London Road Safety Unit will be undertaking an assessment of the effect on accidents of the new junction layout as soon as practically possible. I know that TfL has been in correspondence with you on this issue, and will update you and other Stakeholders when information is available.

345 / 2004 - Brighton Road, Coulsdon

Andrew Pelling

Why is it necessary to continue to designate the Brighton Road in the centre of Coulsdon as a Red Route after the construction of the Coulsdon Inner Relief Road?

No formal decision has yet been taken regarding the status of this part of Brighton Road, post completion of the Relief Road. It will, however, remain an important public transport corridor and further consideration/discussion on this issue will take place as part of the discussion on the design of the Town Centre Enhancement Scheme. TfL will keep you informed of any developments.

346 / 2004 - Traffic movements in Upper Norwood

Andrew Pelling

The unpopular one-way system introduced in Upper Norwood looks like being made permanent by the London Borough of Croydon. The funding for this work came primarily from within the GLA family via the LDA. This decision in favour of permanence is to be made despite the fact that the London Borough of Croydon failed on two occasions in its bid to TfL for money to monitor the effect of the changes in the one-way system in terms of altered traffic movements. My judgement is that the one-way system does not promote good business within the one-way triangle, has introduced at least one unsafe and pedestrian-unfriendly crossing facility and has also redirected much traffic into local residential roads.

What was it in Croydon’s bid that was so ineffective when seeking money to measure the effect of the one-way system on traffic movement?

The Upper Norwood one-way system was introduced on a permanent basis by Croydon, Bromley and Lambeth in May 2001. However, the associated parking controls were introduced on an experimental basis and these were recently agreed to be made permanent by Croydon on 15 March 2004.

Discussions have been taking place with Croydon, as lead Borough, over the last few weeks regarding their bid for TfL funds to carry out “after” surveys. TfL does not routinely fund a borough to monitor its own projects. However, it is acknowledged that the before and after data collected for this scheme will provide useful information that is of a wider pan-London interest. TfL are considering making a contribution towards Croydon’s costs on the basis that the results of the surveys will be provided to TfL.

Some further details on survey costs and delivery dates are currently awaited from Croydon before a funding allocation can be finally agreed347 / 2004 - Bus route 455

Andrew Pelling

What steps are being taken to improve the timing and performance of the 455 bus route, particularly on the route between Purley town centre and Old Lodge Lane in Purley.

London Buses monitoring shows that the 455 generally runs reasonably well, with most recent figures showing that 78% of journeys depart on time (against a target of 75%). This service has been operated under a Quality Incentive Contract since March 2002. Most recently, low-floor dual-door single deck buses have replaced those previously used. These vehicles are quicker to board and alight, reducing the time buses spend at bus stops. London Buses will continue to work with the operator of this service to further improve the level of service offered to passengers. If there are any particular concerns, or examples of constituents journeys that have been delayed, London Buses Customer Services would be pleased to investigate.

348 / 2004 - A232 Croydon Road cycling facilities

Andrew Pelling

A very significant sum of money was invested in a heavily bollarded and somewhat confusing semi-segregated cycle lane on the heavily trafficked A232. It is most encouraging to see such a significant investment in promoting cycling but could I ask what decision has been made about the extension of this facility and whether a more effective route could be taken by providing a cycling route away from the A232 Croydon Road via Guy Road down to the aesthetically attractive route by the Wandle?

As you know, promoting cycling as an alternative mode of travel is a key objective of my Transport Strategy.

The cycle lane you have referred to forms the first phase of a plan to provide improved, safe cycling facilities along the A232 between Waddon and Carshalton.

TfL are aware that Sutton Council are developing plans to provide a more scenic parallel route through Beddington Park. It is felt though that this should be installed as well as, not instead of, the proposed route on Croydon Road. The Council route may provide a more scenic option for cyclists wishing to travel the entire section. However, the proposed scheme along the A232 is more direct and provides linkage to shops, schools and other local destinations as well as bus services and is likely therefore to be most utilised by the cyclists we are seeking to encourage.349 / 2004 - Number of cyclists using cycle route on A232 Croydon Road

Andrew Pelling

How many cyclists is it estimated use the cycle route on the A232 Croydon Road in between The Plough public house and the Paynes Poppets factory?

No cycle counts have been undertaken to date since the installation of the cycle facilities between The Plough public house and the old Paynes Poppets factory. This is because this scheme only represents the first phase of a proposal to provide improved cycling facilities along the entire length of the A232 Croydon Road between Waddon and Carshalton. Therefore any counts undertaken at this stage would not give a true indication of the likely usage once a long and more complete route is provided. Once the scheme is completed a survey of cycle numbers will be carried out.350 / 2004 - Bus Drivers and Cyclists

Jenny Jones

Given that more buses are sharing more bus lanes with more cyclists, what is being done specifically to train bus drivers about the need to co-exist with cyclists?

During a PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) driver’s initial training, much emphasis is placed on the need to plan the drive so as to ensure they safely and courteously co-exist with other road-users. Particular emphasis is given on the need to ensure that vulnerable road-users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, are taken into consideration. The need to look out for cyclists is further re-enforced by specific questions in both the Hazard Perception and Theory Tests, compulsory for all new PCV drivers.

In addition, the BTEC qualification developed for bus drivers and conductors contains modules on Health, Safety and Security and Driving skills. This ensures that bus drivers are very much aware of the need to co-exist with all road users. More specifically, these modules describe to drivers their role in relation to health and safety, and describe the implications of accidents. Bus drivers are taught to apply different driving techniques in a variety of situations, and driving skills are formally assessed by Driving Standards Agency approved Assessors.

Since the start of the BTEC project in September 2002, over 8,300 drivers/conductors have been registered on the scheme with around 2,000 having completed the course. The requirement is currently that all new drivers must achieve their BTEC award within a year of their appointment. Good progress is being made towards rolling out the training to all staff. The current target is that all existing drivers are trained by December 2005. The process of monitoring the impact of the training on customer satisfaction and driving standards has also begun.

351 / 2004 - Greenwich Reach East

Darren Johnson

Following the collapse of the proposals to develop the riverside site at the mouth of Deptford Creek what will you do to ensure that the site does not remain a derelict wasteland and that the local community are properly involved in any shaping new proposals?

I would be only to happy to assist both the developer and the local authority to bring forward this site as I have been doing with the Greenwich Meridian Gateway Development to the south of the site, which straddles the Lewisham/Greenwich border and with the Convoys Wharf development top the west of the site. The area is identified as an Opportunity Area within my London Plan and my officers have had meetings with the local authorities with a view to developing a comprehensive planning framework for the area. Such a planning framework would provide an ideal opportunity to engage with the local community and ensure that their needs are addressed as part of a comprehensive package of proposals.

352 / 2004 - Accidents involving Tramlink from April 2003 to date - follow up query

Andrew Pelling

Your answer to my question 156/2004 at the Assembly on 25 February 2004 failed to provide the data I requested on the number of accidents that Tramlink had been involved from April 2003 to date, broken down by type of accident and type of collision defined by body with which collision has taken place. Could you please supply this detail in the Mayoral answer?

Apologies for the omission in the answer to 156/2004. This data listed below.





2003/ Jan 04








Cycles/Motor Cycles






Minor Vehicular






Major vehicular






Tram / Tram






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