Transport works co-ordination

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have received a complaint from a Londoner who was forced to pay for a minicab for part of a necessary weekend journey recently, because not only local tube services, but also local rail services were both suspended for works. While I - and the resident in question - fully appreciate the need for works to be undertaken at weekends, what steps do TfL currently take to try to co-ordinate closures with Network Rail, and what can be done in future to ensure that at least some services remain available?


Answer for Transport works co-ordination

Answer for Transport works co-ordination

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Area Closures Co-ordination meeting, which takes place every three months, looks at future closures for both TfL and Network Rail. This meeting helps to jointly plan closures more than two years in advance, and is used to minimise the impact on the travelling public as far as possible.

There are also additional meetings between TfL, Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies to deal with specific major works - for example around the Christmas period.

At Director level the Travel Demand Board meets on a regular basis to discuss significant works planned by both TfL and Network Rail, assess their possible impact, and put in place mitigation where appropriate.

TfL is working with Network Rail to develop a joint planning tool which will allow it to co-ordinate works more accurately, and this is scheduled to have been fully implemented by the end of the next financial year.