Road Safety at Schools (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
September 17, 2003
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Ken, a couple of points. I wonder if you could ask TfL to give us an update on the work that you have got them to commit to on the review of child safety. This is something that certainly we in this group have been working with you on and it is good work and we should actually hear more about it. We should also know more about the £12 million spend by TfL so will you let us have that?

The other part of this question is I totally agree with everything that has been said but are you aware that if you are a new school, until you have, if you like, the road traffic accident figures, until a child has either been maimed or being killed, then you do not actually start the work of looking at the needs of that school. An example from my colleague, Len Duvall, is the Millennium Primary School in Greenwich, which is surrounded by dual carriageways.

Mothers there are refusing to actually let their children walk to school and they would be willing to do that but the fact is there are no traffic figures for accidents, it just that it is such as unsafe place. What are we doing about new schools linking in with these issues that we have addressed? I think what you can do is actually ask, where that is happening, for something to be done about it.

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Answer for Road Safety at Schools (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Road Safety at Schools (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

If, on the first point, you drop a note to my office, I will get TfL to come back to you on the latest state of play. On the question of new schools, I would imagine part of the problem here is that for so long there have been no new schools in London. It has been a question of contraction, closures and so on. Now with the population increase there are going to be a lot of new schools in London and I think we have to specify that we cannot wait for someone to be killed before we have out in traffic management schemes around.