Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [27]

Session date: 
February 20, 2008
Question By: 
Roger Evans
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I am very concerned about the effect this latest round of post office closures will have in my patch. The last round they closed a post office in the Chadwell Heath area on the basis that there was another one nearby and they seemed to overlook the fact it was on the other side of the A12, which means that all my older people in that area have to go through a very dark, uninviting underpass to get to the post office, collect a large sum of cash and then walk back through the underpass as targets for criminality. In cases like that, can you make sure that Transport for London does its best to ease the situation by making the underpass clean and inviting, as far as possible, and well lit and freeing it of the threat of crime?

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Answer for Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [27]

Answer for Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [27]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We should do all we can ' you have a question later on about closed circuit TV on the underpass ' to make the underpasses as inviting as possible, but our broad view is they are never going to be things that people want to use and that is why, both at Marble Arch and many other areas of London, we are looking to restore the right of people to cross the road at the same level as the traffic and have proper light-controlled crossings in there. Whatever we do, whatever we put in, the mugger who is out there on crack will not be worried about whether or not there is a camera; they will just go and mug the old lady with her pension.