Bus disruption

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0207
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Were you consulted by the Transport Commissioner before the decision was taken not to run a full bus service on Monday 2nd February? If not, how many hours after buses started to be withdrawn, were you informed of the fact? Do you think the Mayor of London should be involved in making decisions which leave 6 million people without their normal means of transport?

Answer

Answer for Bus disruption

Answer for Bus disruption

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Night buses were progressively withdrawn from around 0010 hours on 2 February, following an unprecedented series of accidents, emergency calls, and failed emergency calls due to appalling road conditions. Contrary to popular myth, there was not a decision to unilaterally suspend the whole service. Operating companies were asked at 04.56 on Monday 2 February to run a service if it was safe to do so. None were able to do so, and I was thus informed by the Transport Commissioner of that just after 0600 that morning.

Operational managers within the London Buses' control structure and bus operating companies are best placed to evaluate local road conditions, drawing on technical expertise and front-line experience. Services were suspended on Sunday evening only because it was unsafe for buses to operate, And they were unable to operate normally on Monday morning.