Pedestrian Guard removal?

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL is removing pedestrian guard rails around London. These are being removed without consultation with local residents, and in many cases are causing anger, concerns for safety and frustration that the public aren't involved in any consultation on removals? As Chair of transport for London can you instruct TfL to always consult local residents' associations for their views before any final decision is taken?


Answer for Pedestrian Guard removal?

Answer for Pedestrian Guard removal?

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I made clear in my election manifesto that I would instruct TfL to review the use of guard rail throughout the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) to improve the look at feel of London, and remove it wherever it was not providing a clear safety benefit. TfL is implementing my pledge, and in each case undertakes a stringent risk assessment to confirm whether the guard railing provides a clear safety benefit. The results of these assessments, in addition to consultation with the local borough, then inform TfL's decision for removal or retention of the guard rail. Where a risk assessment recommends that guard railing be removed, there is an audit of the safety implications of doing so by TfL's London Road Safety Unit. Thousands of guard rail sites are being assessed for removal. In order to ensure that TfL can manage any objections to removal at such a large number of simultaneous locations efficiently, the local borough is consulted so that they may provide TfL with their extensive local knowledge, including views expressed by local stakeholders, rather than approaching residents or residents' associations directly on each occasion. Any comments or feedback offered by the local borough are then considered and reviewed prior to any removal.

There is a further safety audit following removal of guard railing, and any comments received from residents are included in this audit. The audit involves the undertaking of a full road safety audit to ensure that the decision to remove the guard railing was correct.