London Travelwatch (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3513
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is it not time for London TravelWatch to be merged with Passenger Focus to provide a national passenger representative group across all modes and regions of public transport in the UK?

Answer

Answer for London Travelwatch (2)

Answer for London Travelwatch (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is already a connection between the two organisations, as a member of the London Travelwatch Board is appointed to the board of Passenger Focus; although I understand that at some meetings, for example on rail issues affecting London, a representative from both organisations attends.

I do not believe that Passenger Focus would, at present, be able adequately to represent the interests of travelling Londoners. The sheer scale of public transport use in London means that any organisation that held the remit to represent the interests of passengers in the capital would need to allocate significant resources and expertise to serving Londoners. In my opinion, this does not mean that there have to be two separate organisations, and I would encourage the Assembly to review the case for funding London TravelWatch compared to alternatives including merging its activities with Passenger Focus.