Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

Ok, I am grateful for that. I take it from your reply that the review will look at whether there are other lessons about the way we respond to anxieties without accident records. I share many of Jenny's [Jones] concerns, although I think we need to be cool and calm about this. If people are to blame, then they need to be held to account for that. But we need to see what happens as the inquiries are concluded.

My final bit, though: I have cautiously welcomed the changes so far on the basis that they are temporary and they are going to be followed by a far more comprehensive redesign of that junction. I notice that with the Bow Roundabout the crack team, if you might call them that, of transport planners from TfL came in and looked at that. That does not imply everyone else is no good at it but you put all your best resources into it and I would hope that we had an assurance from you that with the other junctions you are going to put your best resources into those as well and we are not going to have a pasted model which does not work.

Answer

Answer for Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Bow Roundabout - transparency (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London): Actually, they are the same people who did it in the first place because actually they are at least sensible enough to learn from experience. I think the answer to your earlier point is that we will of course take on board all of the representations. You are absolutely right that the definition of places requiring attention is not just places where people have been killed or seriously injured. Indeed, it may be the case in some or all of the accidents where there have been seriously injured or killed people that actually it is found that the behaviour of various classes of road user involved in the accident was totally responsible for what happened thereafter. We are not solely reliant on that. We are, I think, bright enough to take into account what people say. But actually there is a balance and we have to try to establish it in the best way possible. But we do not have one crack team and a load of useless people who do all the other junctions.

John Biggs (AM): No, and I was very clear in saying that was not the case. I am very grateful for your answer. Thank you.