TfL's Consultation Process (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
October 16, 2002
Question By: 
Bob Neill
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone

Question

Would you accept that there is a real concern by residents in the West Beckenham part of my constituency that, although there was a process of consultation when bus routes in the area were comprehensively changed following the introduction of Tramlink, they don't have any assurance that that consultation ultimately took on board the views of local people? We have a circumstance, therefore, in which Tramlink has improved access to Croydon but ignores the fact that the majority or residents want to go to Beckenham and Bromley, and the bus links have got worse.

Are you prepared to take steps, for example, by publishing the results of local consultation exercises, to give local people comfort that the end product actually bears some relation to what was said by local residents in the consultations?

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Answer for TfL's Consultation Process (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for TfL's Consultation Process (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

I can see no reason why we shouldn't publish the result of a consultation exercise. If, as a result of the changes, an area has been disadvantaged then I would be happy to meet with Bob Neill to look at what we can do to ameliorate that. Clearly, as we are going through the most rapid expansion of the bus systems since the second world war, it is not inconceivable that if we've overlooked an area, we could amend that omission.

If Bob would like to set up a meeting with my office and bring some local residents along, we can look at all of this.