TfL Buses Rat-running

MQT on 2010-09-15
Session date: 
September 15, 2010
Question By: 
Joanne McCartney
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Residents of Palace Gates Road in Harringey have been disturbed by buses on diversion using their road as a cut-through (often at speed), despite this not being an official diversion route, and not one suitable for buses to use in any case. TfL have explained that this must have been accidental and that drivers should not have been using their road. Residents are understandably not satisfied with this explanation and are concerned that these problems are recurring and that an accident may occur. They therefore want answers to the following questions: 1) Why the drivers were not told the route they must take without deviation? 2) Why no risk assessment has been carried out - and if it has where is the evidence for this?

3) Why does TfL assume that bus drivers / companies have the right to go in any direction they wish? On what basis? 4) Why for the last several days and nights has the 134 Bus broken the law with impunity - there is a 7.5 ton weight restriction in these streets?

5) How can TfL square the death of someone or a severe accident with 'a bend that is too tight.' Since we do not have a 134 bus passing by every 5 minutes it simply means that some drivers are competent and others incompetent. Why does TfL work with companies that employ incompetent drivers.

6) Finally, why is TfL spending £millions in this part of London to stop HGVs rat running to and from the A406 when it is prepared to rat run itself?


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