Vitality Half-Marathon

MQT on 2015-03-25
Session date: 
March 25, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Was TfL consulted about the Vitality Half Marathon on 15 March in Brent and Barnet; if so what assessment was made of the impact on traffic and the risk of widespread gridlock which in fact occurred; and who authorised the closure of large parts of the A5?


Answer for Vitality Half-Marathon

Answer for Vitality Half-Marathon

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Approval of events of this nature, and any associated road closures, are generally a matter for the local borough(s) hosting the event.  TfL will always work with event organisers and boroughs in the planning of events.

In this case, while TfL was supportive of the aims of the event, it made known its significant concerns about the traffic impacts over the wider area and the negative effects on the bus network. Given that the event itself took place entirely on roads which were the responsibility of the Borough, TfL felt it appropriate that the final decision be made locally. TfL did, however, ask that the Borough Safety Advisory Group take account of its concerns in considering whether to licence the event.

Once the decision was made to approve the event, TfL worked closely with the Boroughs in an effort to mitigate the expected impacts.  TfL's events team based in the London Streets Traffic Control Centre was fully operational on the day in order to manage the traffic impacts of this event and comprehensive public traffic information was shared, both in advance and on the day, through TfL's roadside message signs, website and Twitter channel. TfL also worked with the Metropolitan Police Service to provide Police assistance in the area for congestion management. 

TfL has offered to contribute to the event debrief and lessons learnt. I shall be asking for a presentation to my Major Events Oversight Board in order that those lessons can be shared and taken into account in the future.