Transport Consultations

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Sally Hamwee
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


At Mayor's Question Time on 17 December you made it clear that you viewed the consultation on your proposals to extend the Congestion Charging Zone as a necessary legal formality but that you were already minded to take the proposals forward. Does this view extend as a principle to all Transport for London's consultations? .


Answer for Transport Consultations

Answer for Transport Consultations

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

Transport for London is committed to complying with all of our legal obligations to consult. Under our consultation policy, we will go beyond our legal obligations where:· - It will help us make better-informed decisions· - It is practical and affordable· - We have learnt what we can from research, complaints and suggestions.

Where we have already decided on the outcome, we do not consult.

The consultation policy contains five principles. Public consultations will be:· - Focused and timely· - Accessible and targeted· - Informative and accountable· - Timed appropriately· - Honest and fair

Following consultation on the Mayor's Transport Strategy and on the central London congestion charging scheme, a significant number of changes were made to the scheme, for example, the hours of operation were changed, and higher charges for lorries were dropped.

Specifically, in relation to consultation on a proposed western extension, TfL and the Mayor are committed to open and comprehensive consultation with the public and key stakeholders.

The first stage of consultation on the proposed western extension with the GLA Functional Bodies and London Assembly Members finished on 10 December 2003. TfL are currently preparing a report on the representations to assist the Mayor decide whether or not to proceed with a public consultation on the proposal, with or without modifications. Should the Mayor decide to proceed, the public consultation is likely to take place in February 2004.

These consultation stages will enable TfL and the Mayor to understand whether there is `in principle" agreement for the proposal. If there is support for an extension, there would be further consultation in the autumn 2004 on the detail of any proposed scheme, for example, the hours of operation, discounts and exemptions etc. .