Buses using Chepstow Road, W2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2005
Reference: 
2005/2404
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I have been in correspondence with Transport for London for some months now concerning the noise and vibration caused by Volvo buses using Chepstow Road, W2. Transport for London has assured me that the faults on the exhausts of these buses have been eradicated, and that they are in discussion with Volvo to ensure that the problem does not reoccur in the future. Unfortunately, it would seem that the problem has not been solved, as I am still receiving complaints that the noise and vibration caused by the buses is excessive. Engineers who tested the buses originally found that the vibration only occurred when the buses were at a standstill. This is no comfort to local residents as they have told me that the buses are more often still than moving, as the buses are too big and unwieldy for the road conditions and that all traffic (and buses) come to a standstill while everyone tries to manoeuvre around each other.

I am also informed by my constituents that, when the buses do finally break free of the jams they are causing, they then travel at speed and with no regard for cyclists or pedestrians.

As this appears to be a recurring problem and not an isolated complaint, would you now ensure that the Volvo buses involved are properly checked and tested for excessive vibration and noise, and also that it is made quite clear to the drivers of these routes that inconsiderate driving and driving at excessive speed will not be tolerated and cannot continue?

Answer

Answer for Buses using Chepstow Road, W2

Answer for Buses using Chepstow Road, W2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In response to further representations from local residents, TfL reviewed the vehicles operating along Chepstow Road. The tests found that they are not suffering from the fault originally identified on similar vehicles. The results for these vehicles were consistent with all other identical vehicles in the London bus fleet and noise levels recorded in the road rarely exceeded 79dba at waist height. Similar noise levels were recorded as other types of vehicles passed by. The vehicle types utilised on the routes were also tested to, and met, the legal requirement. However, TfL will undertake a re-certification of the legal drive-by noise requirements on a sample vehicle to ensure all systems are operating as intended.TfL will certainly make clear to the operator that speeding and inconsiderate driving will not be tolerated and welcomes detailed feedback on specific incidents so that action can be taken.