Mayoral Answers

Here is a selection of Mayoral’s Answers relevant to Vision Zero in London:

Edgware Road Traffic Lights Question No: 2017/0346 David Kurten:
What plans does TfL have to convert the traffic lights on the Edgware Road (from Marble Arch to Edgware Road Tube) to pedestrian-friendly lights, as presently, pedestrians have to guess the phasing for most of this stretch of busy main road?
The Mayor:
TfL has reviewed initial options for upgrading pedestrian facilities along Edgware Road and is now developing these further and assessing their impacts to produce a proposal for public consultation.
TfL also recently consulted on changes to the junction with Harrowby Street as part of Westminster City Council’s set of Quietway cycle routes. In response to feedback, TfL has amended the design to provide new straight-across (rather than staggered) pedestrian crossings. Final discussions with stakeholders are continuing and TfL anticipates that the changes will be implemented by the spring.”

Road casualties (1) Question No: 2016/2446 Caroline Russell
The previous Mayor’s 2016/17 consultation budget listed £20m of road safety spending and £25m of funding for roads and traffic policing within TfL’s existing business plan as ‘under review’. TfL’s latest road casualty data shows that the total number of people killed or injured on London’s roads has risen again. Will you therefore safeguard this funding when you re-write the TfL business plan later this year?

The Mayor
Casualty figures for 2015 show that the number of people killed or injured in road collisions in London reduced by two per cent compared to the previous year. Clearly, there is an enormous amount of work still to do and I am determined to do all I can. I will ensure that road safety, including roads and transport policing and enforcement, will continue to be key priorities for TfL and the TfL Business Plan will set this out later this year. While the funding levels for the various road safety activities have not be finalised, it is clearly vital that we deliver safer streets for Londoners.

Road casualties (2) Question No: 2016/2447 Caroline Russell
In 2015 nearly 600 pedestrians were hit by motorbikes and scooters, an increase of 16% in one year. The delivery period for TfL’s Motorcycle Safety Action Plan ends this year. Is TfL working on an updated plan and will it include a specific focus on reducing this type of collision?

The Mayor
I share your concern about the increase in the number of pedestrians involved in collisions with motorcycles (including scooters) in 2015 and am committed to further reducing road casualties in London. TfL has made good progress on the commitments in the Motorcycle Safety Action Plan and is focussed on delivering the remaining actions by the end of the year. I recognise that there is still more to be done and have therefore asked TfL to look at how they can improve motorcycle safety further. This includes reducing collisions between motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users such as pedestrians.

Road casualties (4) Question No: 2016/2449 Caroline Russell
Will you insist that road safety spending is ring-fenced in funding allocations to boroughs through local implementation plans?

The Mayor
Road safety measures will continue to be a key performance indicator in order to secure Local Implementation Plans funding, so it isn’t necessary to ring-fence this activity.  All London boroughs have road safety measures at the heart of their LIP-funded programmes, with casualty reduction targets agreed and set individually by boroughs. These include physical measures designed to address road safety issues, complemented by education and awareness-raising activities that aim to improve behaviour and compliance.

Road casualties (5) Question No: 2016/2450 Caroline Russell
Do you have any plans to review the decision taken by your predecessor to allow motorcycles to use bus lanes on TfL controlled roads?

The Mayor
Access to bus lanes is widely considered to provide a benefit to motorcyclists and TfL’s final study into motorcyclists’ use of bus lanes found that there was no adverse impact on the safety of any road users. Therefore, I have no plans to review this decision, although TfL will continue to monitor collisions in bus lanes for any new evidence of adverse impacts.

Capturing data on temporary road closures Question No: 2016/1980 Caroline Russell
TfL does not routinely collect data on temporary road closures or changes, in terms of traffic levels, changes to peoples’ travel patterns and satisfaction with travel conditions. Do you agree that this is a missed opportunity to gather evidence to support changes that could encourage more active travel and if so should TfL start routinely gathering this evidence, for example during the three month closure of Tower Bridge?

The Mayor
TfL routinely collects anonymised data from a network of over 1,590 Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras as well as traffic signals and automatic traffic counters. This enables investigation of changes in traffic levels and patterns, and travel behaviour during temporary closures or changes to the network. Since 2010, the TfL Road Network Customer Satisfaction Survey has helped provide TfL with a better understanding of road users’ expectations. TfL is supporting customers, road users and stakeholders including local residents and businesses ahead of the City of London’s closure of Tower Bridge by providing information and advice to reduce disruption to their journeys. I have asked TfL to monitor traffic levels, patterns and road users’ response to this closure and to adapt advice and information accordingly.

3 Digit Number to Report Dangerous TfL Bus Driving Question No: 2016/1992 Caroline Russell
New York City has a 3 digit number (511) that takes calls from the public to report dangerous bus driving.  Would you support the creation of a 3 digit number to allow the public to do the same in London?  

The Mayor
TfL’s Customer Contact team is the first point of contact for members of the public wishing to report any matters about the bus network, including safety concerns. Contact details are well publicised on notices onboard buses, at bus stops, and online. Reports made to the team are referred to the appropriate bus operator for investigation and tracked for a response and action to address any issues of poor driving.

Pedestrianisation Of Oxford Street (1)  Question No: 2016/2170 Florence Eshalomi:
When will the TfL & Westminster City Council investigation into the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street be published?
The Mayor:
TfL and Westminster City Council are examining a range of options on behalf of the West End Partnership for improving the pedestrian environment on Oxford Street. Public consultation on the options is planned for early next year. I expect a report to be available later this year.

Pedestrianisation Of Oxford Street (2) Question No: 2016/2171 Florence Eshalomi:
In November 2014, the previous Mayor said he would ask TfL to review the idea of car-free days in London. Will you publish the results of that review?
The Mayor:
While I cannot speak for the commitments made by the previous Mayor, I understand that no formal review was produced as traffic-free days on Oxford Street have in the past been led by the New West End Company, rather than TfL.
I am supportive of traffic-free days, which are primarily organised by third parties with support from local authorities, TfL and the GLA. I am keen to consider further traffic-free days, as well as similar events aimed at improving access for pedestrians and cyclists.
I have asked TfL to continue to work with boroughs, communities and business organisations to support traffic-free days across London, including on Oxford Street.

Tfl‘s Road Safety funding Question No: 2016/0048 Jenny Jones
What was TfL’s level of funding allocated for Road Safety prior to the establishment of the Metropolitan Police’s Road, Traffic and Policing Command (RTPC) in 2013/14? What is the current level of funding for Road Safety in the RTPC?

The Mayor
In 2013/14, TfL contributed approximately £89m (80%) towards the cost of the Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Command (STC) and approximately £5m towards the Traffic Operational Command Unit and the Traffic Criminal Justice Unit.  In 2014/15, TfL contributed approximately £91m towards the cost of the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) and a further £3m towards the Traffic Criminal Justice Unit. It is not possible to disaggregate road safety policing funding specifically as this activity formed part of the overall contracted policing services from the STC and the RTPC.

TfL and Met’s Road Traffic Policing Command Question No: 2016/0051 Jenny Jones
Can you please publish the targets, performance monitoring figures and the service level agreement (contract) between TfL and the Met Road Traffic Policing Command which is linked to their funding arrangement?

The Mayor
The Special Services Agreement between TfL and MOPAC for the MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command is available on the Met’s Publication Scheme. This includes a suite of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the Command’s six objectives – the 6 Cs. The primary indicators for each objective are shown in the table below. In normal circumstances the target for the KPI would be an improvement on the previous year’s outturn.

Key Performance Indicators and targets
Crime: Reduce bus-related crime rate per million passenger journeys
Confidence: Reduce % of Londoners who can recall episode of worry whilst travelling on public transport in the last three months (EOS Survey Q3)
Congestion: Reduce serious and severe disruption from collisions (measure of how many hours of disruption caused by collisions deemed to be seriously / severely affecting traffic flow)
Cab-related sexual offences: Reduce volume
Collisions (Road Safety): Reduce KSI casualties overall (Calendar year comparison 2014 v 2013, as 2015 figures are still provisional and subject to change)
Cycle Safety: Reduce cyclist KSI casualties (Calendar year comparison 2014 v 2013, as 2015 figures are still provisional and subject to change
Cycle theft: Reduce volume

Road Death Investigation Manual
Question No: 2015/4407, Jenny Jones
When will the Metropolitan Police publish their new Road Death investigation Manual?

Written response from the Mayor
This is a restricted document and not suitable for publication.

Road Death Investigation review
Question No: 2015/4409, Jenny Jones
Could you publish the Metropolitan Police response to the joint inspectorate review of road death investigation and prosecution?
Written response from the Mayor
Following the review of road death investigation and prosecution, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate conducted follow-up enquiries and confirmed that all MPS recommendations had either been implemented or are in progress. This is a HMIC process and not held for publication by the MPS. There is no specific report detailing the MPS response.

Road collision performance indicators
Question No: 2015/4412, Jenny Jones
Will the Metropolitan Police Service participate on a working group with campaigners to agree key performance indicators regarding collision investigation, instead of using the number of prosecutions as an indicator, in an effort to promote community confidence?
Written response from the Mayor
The MPS would welcome invitations to join productive working groups seeking to improve the efficiency and quality assurance of collision investigations. The current performance data concentrates on traditional crime investigation outcomes, which is not always appropriate.
The link with community confidence is recognised and how the provision of information may contribute to this; however this must be balanced against the legal constraints associated with such investigations.

Uninsured vehicles
Question No: 2015/4414, Jenny Jones
What was the total number of uninsured vehicles seized in London in each of 2013, 2014 and 2015?
Written response from the Mayor
In 2013, 38,267 vehicles were seized across London.
In 2014, 28,848 vehicles were seized across London.
In 2015 (to end November), 22,911 vehicles have been seized across London.

Investigation of bus collisions
TfL to AM Jenny Jones dated 24 May 2012:
Q. In MQT No: 374/2012 the Mayor responded that “These incidents are fully investigated by the bus operators involved.” Does TfL retain copies of these investigations? If so, would it be possible to provide me with copies of the 69 investigations which have been prepared by the bus operators involved since October 2006?
A. After any collision, our contractors, as responsible and independent companies, and in accordance with the Health and Safety Executive and their own duty of care, must conduct their own investigation into the incident. TfL contracts bus operators to operate routes on our behalf, and the operator would consequently assume all liability for operating the route. This includes any liability or losses incurred through accidents and collisions. TfL does however play an assurance role, and when we audit our bus operating companies, we ensure that they have a process in place for investigating collisions through the contractual agreement. TfL is made aware of accidents and collisions through a reporting process, but we are not given copies of investigation reports. TfL does not carry out its own investigation, as this is already done by the Metropolitan Police and the operating companies themselves.