East London/Greenwich Waterfront Transit

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Are East London Transit and Greenwich Waterfront Transit Intermediate Mode schemes serious transport proposals representing a step-change in Bus transport, which if it works will seriously challenge the tram as a better value high frequency, high reliability service or, as a result of trimming and 'cost-engineering' are they becoming merely an ordinary bus service with a bit of extra bus priority which will not deliver the promised benefits? .


Answer for East London/Greenwich Waterfront Transit

Answer for East London/Greenwich Waterfront Transit

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

The East London Transit and Greenwich Waterfront Transit schemes are serious transport proposals that will provide attractive and cost-effective public transport systems that cater for current and projected passenger demand levels in the Thames Gateway development area. The key to their attractiveness (to both existing and prospective passengers) will include their speed, reliability, quality of service and supporting infrastructure, and their integration with other transport facilities. Both schemes are being planned to deliver these benefits, which are common with the benefits of trams.There's much more to the projects than "a bit of extra bus priority". The levels of segregation and junction priority, particularly in development areas, can be much greater than conventionally available. However, all aspects of the service quality are being targeted, including vehicles, stop design, access arrangements to key town centres, passenger information, together with dedicated branding and marketing of the services. .