Rail Replacement Buses through Northwick Avenue etc. in Brent

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1610
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I've received complaints of 'invasion' of buses almost every weekend by additional buses due to Rail works resulting in unacceptable level of noise, risk from speeding buses and even dangerous driving. A recent 30 minute monitoring of numbers of buses showed there were 20 buses (that is a bus every one and a half minutes). Apparently, according to the information I have been given, most of these buses are double decker and speeding.  A local resident /Councillor witnessed a double decker bus mount the pavement in front and had to hop into a front garden to avoid being mowed down. It was overtaking another double decker bus outside Northwick Park Station. The street was also full of rail workers vehicles who are meant to park in the University car park. Can I request that TfL enables a meeting with local resident reps / Councillor(s) / Brent Council and me to address the issue on a long term basis?

Answer

Answer for Rail Replacement Buses through Northwick Avenue etc. in Brent

Answer for Rail Replacement Buses through Northwick Avenue etc. in Brent

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Rail replacement buses are essential to maintain links for displaced passengers during times of disruption. TfL considers their routings very carefully and ensures that appropriate capacity is provided.

In the case of the Metropolitan Line engineering upgrade works, Rail replacement buses operated through Northwick Avenue on 25/26 August, 12/13 October 2013, 25/26 January, 1/2 February and 22/23 February 2014. 

TfL expects all drivers to be professional and will investigate any report of poor driver behaviour as far as possible. TfL is aware of the allegation you highlight, and has worked with the bus operating company to investigate fully.

You are correct that rail workers could use the Westminster University in Northwick Park, and this has also been addressed with the appropriate companies with appropriate disciplinary measures in place for any future contraventions.

TfL regularly meets with the boroughs to discuss matters such as this and would be happy to attend any meeting to discuss this further.