Cycle Hire Scheme (3)

MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Despite being a major tourist destination, just 400 metres from existing Santander Cycle hire stations at Island Gardens, Greenwich is currently without Santander Cycle hire docking stations. Despite this, Santander Cycles are spotted in Greenwich every day. What would the approximate cost (set-up and ongoing operating costs) be for three to five Santander Cycles docking stations and cycles in Greenwich?


Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme (3)

Answer for Cycle Hire Scheme (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Yes, Andrew, what you are really saying is whether we can have a cycle hire scheme in Greenwich.  The answer is yes and we are working on it.  It will be expensive and it will take time.  You cannot just do it with five docking stations.  You would have to have a proper scheme of 45 docking stations and that is what we are going to be going for.  I am afraid it is still some way off.

Andrew Boff AM:  I thank you, Mr Mayor.  I thank your commitment to actually looking into it.  This was raised by Councillor Matt Clare from Greenwich Council to me, who bemoans the fact that you can see cycle hire schemes in Greenwich but there is nowhere to put those cycles.  It is logical that at some point we do extend it to Island Gardens.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Of course.

Andrew Boff AM:  What timescale could you give for some kind of report to be produced to investigate the expansion into Island Gardens?

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  There is a station at Island Gardens.

Andrew Boff AM:  Yes.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  What you are pointing out is those bicycles manage mysteriously to cross the river and end up in Greenwich.

Andrew Boff AM:  Yes, in Greenwich, because they come from Island Gardens.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  They are north of the river at Island Gardens and they are magically coming south of the river.

Obviously this is something that we will have to work with Greenwich Council to deliver.  The capital cost is about £5 million or £6 million to put in the docking stations you would need and then the running costs would be about £1.3 million per annum and so it is a bit of an expense.  If there is a deal we can do, then obviously I would be very interested in doing it.

Andrew Boff AM:  I am absolutely sure that Councillor Matt Clare will now raise this with Greenwich and hopefully we will have a favourable outcome with this.

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  Good stuff.

Andrew Boff AM:  Thank you very much indeed, sir.