Bus Capacity (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
March 13, 2002
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


If I can draw your attention to another good example in my neck of the woods: it's the 272 route which London Buses have announced is going to be a new service going down two roads right in the far western corner of my constituency, Emlyn and Larden Roads. Now, the vast majority of residents are completely opposed to having a bus down that road. They point out that nearby Askew Road is a much more appropriate road for the bus to use. I am even more concerned because, having raised this issue with TfL, I got a response back saying that the particular resident in question, who happens to be the chairman of Stamford Residents' Association, was acting out of turn because the majority of his residents' association had voted in favour of the bus route. That was the information that was supplied to me which turned out to be completely untrue, but it's on the basis of that information that they said there was a great majority in favour of this bus route. The truth couldn't be more opposite, in fact. My first question is, do we have to have a bus route rammed down a road where none of the residents seem to want it and, secondly, what do we do about the information being supplied by Transport for London which is patently untrue and it was suggesting that the chairman was actually misrepresenting his own association?

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Answer for Bus Capacity (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Bus Capacity (Supplementary) [2]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

I will ask for a report on this particular incident and review what's gone on. There are always going to be occasions when we get it wrong and get misinformation and unwittingly pass misinformation on. But, if there's a better route that works, I will ask TfL to look at it, but we are going to come into this reality that a majority may not want a bus down their road because they have their own private provision and that's a factor to weigh in the balance but, at the end of the day, there are also the rights of a minority down the road who don't have access to their own cars, who have a right to public transport. This is going to be one of those areas where the majority isn't always right and there's no hard and fast rule here. We will have to look at it road by road and it is going to be a problem for all members because we are in the biggest expansion of the bus service in the lifetime of anyone in this room. I'll get back to you when I get a reply on this one.