Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Are any traffic lights being sped up as a result or are they all being put on to red for longer? Or, are you going the other way with some traffic lights and putting them on to green for longer?

Answer

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Congestion Charge - Additional Costs to Businesses (Supplementary) [1]

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

Well you cannot put in pedestrian phases in the existing traffic lights with having more green phases for traffic unless you propose to run people over! What I am saying is the traffic light system is regularly reviewed in order to optimise the settings to allow the best movement of people and vehicles.

There are more traffic lights than there used to be. Two-thirds of them are on borough roads. Many of them have been put in at the request of the boroughs. What we have done is to put in a system which far more rigorously reviews the need for extra traffic signals, compared with the previous system where we just put them in according to our resources when people asked for them.

I do not attribute traffic speeds in congestion in outer London to what we have done to the traffic lights. It is part of a more general problem which we need to deal with by a whole variety of measures, including modal shift away from car use, in order to sustain London's economic development and to cope with population growth.