Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Elizabeth Howlett
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Will you reconsider the time that TfL allots for consultation on major road changes, and allow more time for consultation, particularly over holiday periods? For example, a proposal by TfL to install a bus lane in Roehampton Lane was given only two weeks consultation period over the Christmas and New Year holidays (from the 22nd December to 5th January) which is just not acceptable for such a sensitive issue.


Answer for Consultation

Answer for Consultation

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

TfL operates a consultation toolkit, which outlines its standard procedures for consultation. It defines what would be considered as large and small projects, and the timescales for consulting on each. For example, for schemes of this nature, the toolkit states that members of the public should be given at least three weeks for consultation. The toolkit also recognises that extra time should be allowed for responses to consultation over a holiday period.

Two consultation leaflets regarding different proposals for bus lanes on Roehampton Lane were distributed to different properties in the area between 8 and 10 December, 2003. Transport for London requested that one be posted back to TfL by 22 December and the other by 5 January.

As you wrote to Peter Hendy on this matter, TfL subsequently extended the time allowed for the responses to take into account the Christmas holidays and following concerns raised by Wandsworth Council. TfL distributed a letter detailing this extension at the time on the 22 and 23 December 2003, advising residents that consultation had been extended to 9 January 2004. Responses received a few days after the closing date are also being considered. The rate of response so far has been high, enabling TfL to make a better-informed decision.

TfL policy states that, for schemes of this nature, individual members of the public should be given at least three weeks for consultation. In this case, this has now been exceeded to take into account the holiday period for the total length of consultation being five weeks. .