MQT on 2003-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2003
Question By: 
Samantha Heath
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your answers to questions at the last MQT on the state of TfL property your answers focused almost exclusively on the underground, what measures are you taking to ensure that bus stops, tram stops and TfL owned administrative and commercial premises are free from graffiti, rubbish and abandoned vehicles?



Answer for TfL

Answer for TfL

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The vast majority of TfL commercial properties are vested in LUL and are closely integrated with Underground operational property. These were dealt with in the previous answer. TfL owns comparatively few commercial properties in its own right. In actual fact it owns 70. The bulk of these properties are leased on terms which require a tenant to keep the property in good repair and free from rubbish, graffiti and abandoned vehicles. The remaining few properties are regularly inspected and monitored and appropriate remedial measures are taken as required. Wherever possible, permanent solutions such as physical barriers are provided.

Turning to bus stops, since the beginning of September and initially as a six month trial, London Buses' cleaning contractor is providing a dedicated two person graffiti response team. This team will be able to respond to emergency requests for the removal of offensive and extensive graffiti without disrupting routine cleaning. The team will also patrol known problem areas and clean off any graffiti they find. The team will also use more sophisticated cleaning materials to deal with more severe cases and so should achieve a better result. .