London Travelwatch (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3512
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Does the Mayor think it is a good use of money to spend £1.5m a year on London TravelWatch when Passenger Focus represents the interests of bus and rail passengers for the rest of the UK at no cost to regional government?

Answer

Answer for London Travelwatch (1)

Answer for London Travelwatch (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London TravelWatch is a transport users watchdog set up to represent the interests of travellers in and around London. I have no responsibility for the setting of the budget for London TravelWatch. This is a matter for the London Assembly.

Passenger Focus is an independent watchdog set up by the government to represent the interests of travellers nationally, including in and around London. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based campaigning and research, their work is generally well respected by both user groups and the transport industry.

Public transport use in London is on such a significant scale that it overshadows the national scene - for example, last year, over two billion trips were made by bus in London and over one billion trips were made on London Underground. Travelling Londoners need to know that there is an independent body representing them which is capable of effectively representing their interests, although I imagine that there are a number of ways that this could be achieved. I am certainly keen to see the most effective use of public funds and look to the Assembly to review the case for funding London TravelWatch.