Extension of routes with bus conductors

Meeting: 
MQT on 2002-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Reference: 
2002/0267
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

There appears to be a great idea of support for conductors on buses. Could you tell me when the scheme is to be extended and to which routes?

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Answer

Answer for Extension of routes with bus conductors

Answer for Extension of routes with bus conductors

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Between July 2000 and May 2002 over 100 new conductor posts have been filled. To date, all these new posts have been on enhanced Routemaster routes and further enhancements are planned. Since October 2001, TfL has also been running a trial of conductors on doored vehicles on Route 55 between Leyton and Oxford Circus. I am awaiting a report on the success of this trial. Interim findings indicate that conductors have proved very popular with passengers and have resulted in improved reliability and buses spending less time at stops. However, as well as benefits there are significant costs to increasing the number of conductors and provision was not included in the final 2002/03 TfL budget. I agreed in the Budget discussions with the Assembly that many of the aims of the Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU) were similar to those of introducing more conductors and that I would defer a decision on further conductors pending the OCU getting up and running. It is due to start work on June 10. I am also taking forward other ways of speeding up buses and increasing the extent to which passengers feel secure when travelling by bus . These include: · the W7 "Pay Before You Go" project· the forthcoming introduction of bendy buses on Red Arrow routes, where passengers board/alight at all three sets of doors· introduction of Smartcard ticketing which will make ticket checks faster and easier· fitting all buses with CCTV by 2005 .