KSI's - TfL and FOI requests

MQT on 2013-12-18
Session date: 
December 18, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The recent publication of the 'Clear Road Ahead' report by Richard Tracey AM drew attention to statistics showing that during your tenure as Mayor there has been an average of one collision involving a bus per day that results in a person being killed or seriously-injured in London.  A pedestrian campaigner has contacted me to report that TfL is failing to respond to his FOI requests concerning deaths and serious injuries involving its buses within the time limit indicated by the FOI Act.  As Chair of the TfL board, please provide an explanation as to why these requests are not being responded to within statutory timescales.


Answer for KSI's - TfL and FOI requests

Answer for KSI's - TfL and FOI requests

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The numbers referenced in the report need to be considered in the context of the London bus network that comprises more than 8,600 buses operating across 700 bus routes and carrying more than 2.3 billion passengers every year, in the process travelling more than 490 million kilometres in passenger service annually.  

The proportion of road traffic accidents involving London buses which result in an injury is actually very small, at six per cent and falling. Collisions with pedestrians have fallen by around 40 per cent since 2008/09 and fatal collisions have been reduced by around 60 per cent.

TfL receives around 2,500 FOI requests every year and responds to over 87 per cent in full within the statutory timescales. Performance has continued to improve year on year since 2010 and performance statistics are now published on the TfL website http://www.tfl.gov.uk/foi/28430.aspx. However, I have asked TfL to contact you regarding this specific FOI request.