Bus route, 272

Meeting: 
MQT on 2007-01-30
Session date: 
January 30, 2007
Reference: 
2007/0234
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

For some time now, the residents of Emlyn Road have been asking for a proper investigation into the suitability of the road for use by Bus Route 272. Numerous incidents have been reported by residents to Transport for London, including photographic evidence, where the buses have been speeding in the 20mph zone, and travelling on the wrong side of the road in order to pass traffic islands. On 15 December a resident reported directly to the TfL buses Customer Services email address that a bus travelling north down Emlyn Road at approximately 25mph braked sharply and swerved across the road to the wrong side in order to pass the traffic island. The registration number of the bus and the time of the incident were noted and passed on to TfL in the email. Details can be supplied to the Mayor's office if necessary.

Residents were recently offered assurances by TfL and the bus company, London United, that there would be some control of drivers on this route in order to avoid endangering other road users and pedestrians. This has evidently had very little effect.

Can the Mayor inform me what will happen in this particular case, and what further steps can be taken to ensure that this example of dangerous driving will not be repeated by any of the drivers of the 272 bus?

Answer

Answer for Bus route, 272

Answer for Bus route, 272

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL replied to the complaint on 19 January 2007, confirming that the operator of the 272 would trace, interview and take the appropriate disciplinary action with the driver involved.TfL has had separate discussions with residents in Emlyn Road following a meeting in November, and will be providing a further update on work undertaken in response to the concerns expressed shortly.