Transport projects

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-06-18
Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Reference: 
2008/1006
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you answer the following questions from a member of the public? 1. How much has patronage and revenue increased on the London Overground since it was taken over by TfL? 2. What is the present status of the Cross River Tram project? 3. What is the present status of the Oxford Street Transit project? 4. What is the present status of the Croydon Tramlink Extension project to Crystal Palace? 5. What is the present status of the East London Transit project? 6. What is the present status of the Greeenwich Waterfront Transit project? 7. What is the present status of the Thames Gateway Bridge project?

Answer

Answer for Transport projects

Answer for Transport projects

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Overground Data from Oyster and national rail systems shows that in the first five months of Overground operations, passenger revenue increased by 17% and journeys by 29% compared with the same period of last year. Growth reflects the take-up of Oyster PAYG which represents best value for most Overground journeys.

Cross River Tram There is currently funding in TfL's Business Plan up until 2010 to develop this scheme. Work is continuing on assessing the traffic, environmental and economic impacts, selecting a preferred route and seeking the views of stakeholders and the public on this route and its impacts. Currently, there is no Government funding for implementation. I intend to review the transport, economic and environmental implications of CRT and form a view on the best way forward.

Oxford Street Transit TfL has decided it would be prudent to review current feasibility projects to ensure that they are properly aligned with my position on large scale infrastructure works. It is within this context that TfL have taken the decision to put on hold the feasibility activities for the Oxford Street Transit Scheme.

Croydon Tramlink Extension There is currently funding in TfL's Business Plan up until 2010 to develop the scheme. This includes a more detailed assessment of its traffic, environmental and economic impacts with a view to selecting a preferred route, carrying out a detailed design and public consultation in preparation for seeking the necessary powers for implementation.

Currently, there is no Government funding for implementation. I intend to review the transport, economic and environmental implications of CTLE and form a view on the best way forward.

Thames Gateway Bridge I support in principle the need for an extra river crossing downstream from Tower Bridge to ease congestion and aid economic growth. However, any scheme will have to deal with the issues on both sides of the river in terms of traffic management, safeguarding the environment and public transport usage. I am concerned that the current scheme does not demonstrate that it can fulfil these criteria. Until this can be shown to be the case I cannot fully support these proposals.