Regarding London Boroughs

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0529
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

How will you reward London boroughs who approach TfL pro-actively about bus priority measures and over road and highways works?

Answer

Answer for Regarding London Boroughs

Answer for Regarding London Boroughs

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

Approaching TfL pro-actively about significant bus-priority, road and highways works and measures is a normal part of proper borough transport behaviour. Boroughs also have obligations that arise from Traffic and Highway Authority responsibilities, especially relating to safety, traffic and network management.

Over two-thirds of TfL funding provided to boroughs is driven by need-based criteria. So, a borough that fulfils its responsibilities and delivers the local proposals funded by TfL may not notice much reward in financial terms. However, there may be a number of informal but important rewards that accrue to such a borough ' e.g. improved reputation, easier working relationships, better transport performance assessments, increased ability to attract other investment to transport, enhanced capacity for joined-up delivery within, for instance, Local Area Agreements. Also, such a borough may benefit early from pilots that TfL selects ' either technical, e.g. innovative transport schemes, or process, e.g. system improvements to reduce administration ' improving staff development.