Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [2]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)


Thank you, Chair. Obviously, this is in my constituency. I think the record shows that I raised concerns about this junction more than two years ago, long before there were any fatalities at the junction. My concerns were rebutted at the time. I am sure they were rebutted in good faith but I think that is partly because the methodology you apply seems to require people to be killed or seriously injured - and that is not yours; that is a Government methodology - before you start intervening to address concerns at a junction.

Is it not the case that a lesson that needs to be learned from this is that where a junction is clearly an accident waiting to happen - and there are such junctions, which we are all aware of - we need to be more proactive in responding to that concern?


Answer for Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [2]

Answer for Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [2]

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

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Obviously, generally, I think that is right. As far as I remember, John, your particular concerns were raised about pedestrians and I know that that was something that TfL wanted to address and I think the new designs do something to address that.

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London): Furthermore, the review that the Mayor has asked us to do of all the junctions on the Cycle Superhighways and indeed all the junctions where we are doing work reflect the concern that has been raised. Nobody, certainly not I or the people who work for me, would dispute the fact that if you try harder and work longer, you might get different and better solutions. The light of experience will do that.

The other thing I would say, though, John, is this. Without engaging in a rather fruitless debate about which class of road user is wrong, it is incumbent on everybody who uses the highway, whoever they are, whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, motorists of various types of vehicles, to behave and to take care of themselves and others. The fact is that there is no form of junction design or road design which will complete obviate behaviour that does other than take care of yourself and other people. It is a serious point because the difference between a 32-ton tipper full of aggregate and a cyclist is that when they collide the cyclist may well suffer far more damage --