TfL Opposition to Extending Bus Routes for Ealing Hospital Users

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1173
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that the Secretary of State has announced the "downgrading" of Ealing Hospital's A&E, the closure of its Maternity Unit and the reduction in acute beds, when will TfL ensure there are direct bus connections between Ealing Hospital & West Middlesex Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital & West Middlesex Hospital? Can you also outline what discussions TfL have had with the Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group and the NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group to meet the estimated £550,000 to £700,000 cost TfL have told Ealing Council's Transport Scrutiny Committee it would cost, if TfL refuse to pay?

Answer

Answer for TfL Opposition to Extending Bus Routes for Ealing Hospital Users

Answer for TfL Opposition to Extending Bus Routes for Ealing Hospital Users

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is actively engaged with the NHS and others as to hospital issues arising from proposed changes to hospital services in London.  There is no question of them 'refusing' to provide transport; rather they are seeking to understand the most effective way of allocating limited resource.  One key factor is to obtain a good understanding at a detailed level of the numbers of people needing to make different trips and TfL is seeking this information.

The cost you quote is the estimated cost of extending routes E2 and E8 from Brentford to West Middlesex Hospital.  Naturally other possibilities exist and TfL will ensure that all options are considered.