Funding (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

The second part of the question is about local arrangements. There are two very quick parts to this and I would welcome very succinct answers. First, has the inexorable expansion of bus services in London reached an end and are there pressures to make it rather more difficult? Second, if there are budget pressures within TfL, are there many local schemes that will benefit; for example, safety schemes travel to school schemes, pedestrian fear of traffic schemes, pedestrianisation schemes, cycling schemes. Are they going to get squashed out of the sandwich as a result of this? What guarantee can you give to those many things that communities depend on?

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Answer

Answer for Funding (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Funding (Supplementary) [1]

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

The answer to both questions in the period from 2007 to 2010 is that if you refer to the other document which will come to the Assembly in consolidated form in the Mayor's budget, you will see there are projections for bus mileage from 2007 to 2010, and our projection is that it will continue to increase; more slowly than it has done in recent years, but it will continue to increase. There are still pressures on the network; contrary to the convoluted mathematics done by the bus spotter, Andrew Gilligan, in the Evening Standard, actually the passenger numbers are still growing. The bus mileage is planned to increase, although more slowly than in recent years. Transport 2025 suggests that it will still need to increase beyond 2010 because the bus is the principal method of public transport in much of suburban London.