Reducing Car Use

MQT on 2006-06-21
Session date: 
June 21, 2006
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Dick Halle from TfL has told the Transport Committee that a tram option for the East London and Greenwich Waterfront Transits will not be developed in the forseeable future. In view of the aim to make the Thames Gateway as a sustainable development and minimise car use, how do you now intend to achieve the modal shift from car to public transport which you have always maintained can only be achieved by a tram?


Answer for Reducing Car Use

Answer for Reducing Car Use

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Following extensive assessment, TfL considers a bus based scheme is currently the most appropriate choice of transport mode to support sustainable growth in some areas of the Thames Gateway, both in terms of likely demand and the flexibility that such a system offers in areas of change. ELT and GWT will build on success of the London bus network, where improvements such as newer buses, more capacity and higher frequency services has resulted in a 38% rise in ridership between 1999/00 and 2004/05. ELT and GWT will feature enhanced levels of bus priority, with fully segregated busways, bus lanes and signal control to reduce journey times and maintain journey time consistency throughout the day. Vehicles, stops and passenger information will be high quality and high frequencies will give a `turn up and go' service. TfL are confident that this package will be attractive to car drivers and give a viable alternative for many of their journeys.