Update to Mayors Report (Supplementary) [11]

Session date: 
October 22, 2003
Question By: 
Brian Coleman
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Mayor talked about residents using other public transport providers. Will the Mayor accept that many residents will have no choice in this situation but to use their cars? Therefore, will he make the necessary arrangements? I expect the answer would include a suspension of congestion charging and extra car parking provision in Central London for the thousands of people in the London Borough of Barnet who now have no choice but to drive into Central London whilst there is no Tube service in my Borough.

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Answer

Answer for Update to Mayors Report (Supplementary) [11]

Answer for Update to Mayors Report (Supplementary) [11]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The first two points you made were really radical ones that we will keep under consideration if it would increase the flow of buses. To suspend the Congestion Charge and suddenly go back to the levels of congestion and bus delay that we had before the Congestion Charge would negate the impact of all we are trying to do to get extra buses on the roads to move people in and out. The people who might drive in after arriving with great delay would find it very difficult to park in much of Central London, very little of which is under my control.

I would have thought perhaps the best option, because large parts of Barnet are far too far from a public transport point, is for Barnet to look at where they have any parking restrictions around bus stations, bus stops, or any train lines that are still operating and suspend any parking restrictions there. I should imagine those systems are happening.