Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


My question, which John and Jennette both touched on, is the design of interchanges. Now, the question is in two parts, one is on the permanent works as it finally emerges. And secondly, the temporary work and how we live with the change as it is being worked upon.

The first one would be, a couple of designs that have come to my attention, which Richard Rogers has been working on, which really present buses completely separately from the rest of the road. The perception of crime is a big issue. Waiting at a bus stop where only one bus would be coming every now and then, where no other cars come by - so it is a separate designated area - does not make me feel particularly safe. I was really concerned about one in Lewisham and one in Vauxhall, and I will give you the details - they don't really look like the safety has been designed into that and so, in a sense, what I am asking you to do is look at how we can make sure safety is designed in as a first port of call.

At Vauxhall where now you have temporary works, which are under your direct control, I have to go through a dark passage to get to the bus. There are construction works all the way around. It is not a safe place to be but Transport for London have not put in any special measures to ensure that this particular area, where many, many women have to go on their way home, is safe in the temporary state, and the temporary state will go on for some time.


Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Social, cultural and economic opportunities in London (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

This is the works at Vauxhall Cross?

Samantha Heath: Absolutely.

Ken Livingstone: I am happy if you want to come and we will have a session with TfL to look at all those particular sites you mention. I have got a three-page answer here in anticipation of a design question that came up. I assume you don't want me to read it all out. This is moving up the political agenda. It is dealt with in the SDS, which comes out the second week in June, and there will be a public debate about what we want in designing for safety.

I can well understand the predominantly male architectural profession doesn't quite understand all the issues involved but it will be there to be amended during the examination in public.

The Chair: Rather than asking you to read it could the written answer be attached to the minutes, because I think the information would be helpful.