East London Transit

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0419
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

TfL constantly tells us that the East London Transit will be a new mode of transport, quite separate from an ordinary bus route. Yet, upon close inspection of the proposals, it seems that this really is just an upgraded bus route, with a virtually identical number of stops, at a reported cost of £44.7 million. Yet we have not been told how this compares, cost wise, with an ordinary bus route. What would the cost be for an ordinary bus route?

Answer

Answer for East London Transit

Answer for East London Transit

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

£44.7m is the cost of construction for both East London Transit (ELT) phase 1a and Greenwich Waterfront Transit (GWT) phase 1.

The operational improvements on this scheme, which will lead to faster and more reliable journeys, include

·              provision of a direct route through Barking town centre

·              vehicle segregation on one-third of GWT phase 1

·              improved priority measures

·              new terminal facilities

·              other highway measures to introduce a new routing beyond Thames View Estate to Dagenham Dock, serving the new development area

·              significant urban design improvements in the town centres

The transits will be an important part of the economic regeneration of the Thames Gateway, improving access to employment, education, healthcare and leisure. They will interchange with London Underground, DLR and National Rail.  .

Bus services have been transformed all across London since 2000, including upgrades to vehicles, stops and priority. That work is continuing which means that there is not an 'ordinary bus route' as such for comparison.