Training for traffic engineers on disabilities and crossings (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
December 15, 2004
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


My key concern is about the mismatch ' I think everybody shares this ' between the improving safety standards we now have on the buses and the Underground and the appalling situation on the overground system. The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) came to see me recently, and they are briefing against the Rail White Paper. In particular, they are briefing against the proposal that London should have more responsibility for franchising overground rail in London.

They seem completely unaware of the inadequate customer services on the issue of safety that many train operators and stations are operating in London. Do you think, given that your aspiration is to become the key franchiser of overground services in London, that it would be worthwhile issuing a benchmark standard of security on trains and in overground stations in London to try to do something to improve a pretty appalling situation? You only have to go to Brixton Station at 10.30 at night to know how bad it can be.


Answer for Training for traffic engineers on disabilities and crossings (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Training for traffic engineers on disabilities and crossings (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Well, I think we should start by perhaps making sure Assembly Members and the public are aware that the rolling programme for introducing this on the Underground will take several years as we replace all the existing rolling stock, and then look at what actually is proposed for the train operating companies and how long this is all going to take. It might very well be, particularly on stations, that we can accelerate things if we get a willingness.

We would most probably be looking happily at matched funding, if we could ever get the train operating companies to put some money up just to get the stuff done. What is not right is that the whole contribution should come from TfL. We will start by getting at Members, so they can see what the programme is and how rapidly it is going to come, and what we can find out from the train operating companies, and what proportion of the network is going to be covered in which year.