Harringay Green Lanes Bus Speed

Plenary on 2009-12-09
Session date: 
December 9, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)


Residents have complained that buses frequently speed down Harringay Green Lanes and that there have been a number of accidents near the railway bridge at Harringay Green Lanes station. Please provide me with accident statistics for this stretch of road, particularly those where a bus was involved. What urgent action is TfL taking to ensure that all drivers keep within the speed limit and drive in a safe way?


Answer for Harringay Green Lanes Bus Speed

Answer for Harringay Green Lanes Bus Speed

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Casualty data for the 200 metre section either side of the railway bridge at Harringay Green Lanes station shows that there were 33 collisions in the three years ending 31 July 2009. There were 37 casualties as a consequence of these collisions, three of which were serious: 34 were slight injuries. Five of these collisions (15 per cent) involved a bus or coach and two out of the three serious casualties were in collisions involving buses. Of the five collisions involving buses, none had speed recorded as a contributory factor. Harringay Green Lanes is managed by the London Borough of Haringey and we intend to discuss road safety here with the Borough.

All bus drivers are aware of the need to drive safely and to keep to the speed limit at all times. They undergo rigorous training to ensure that they understand the complexities of operating a bus in London. In addition to their normal training regime, all bus drivers are also required to take and pass a BTEC qualification, specially designed for driving a bus in London, within their first year of service. In addition there is a day's refresher training every year to further promote high standards of safety and driving.

Furthermore, drivers are frequently monitored to ensure that their driving standards remain of a high standard. This is achieved through the Driver Quality Monitoring (DQM) programme where drivers are assessed, sometimes covertly, and scored against a number of criteria to determine how good they are and if there are areas for improvement.

TfL will raise any specific complaints residents have with the relevant operator.