Road Improvement Schemes

MQT on 2016-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2016
Question By: 
Len Duvall
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have recently become aware of the cost of two road improvement schemes at the junctions with the South Circular, namely London Road with Honor Oak Road and London Road with Sydenham Hill. The costs of both these schemes seem excessive. What steps will you take to ensure the cost effectiveness of such works in the future?


Answer for Road Improvement Schemes

Answer for Road Improvement Schemes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Schemes promoted by TfL are subject to a business case review to ensure that they provide good value for public money. The schemes you mention were delivered in order to reduce road danger and improve the local environment.

TfL schemes are delivered by London Highway Alliance contractors, who are selected on the basis of quality and price. Schemes are peer reviewed to ensure that the scope, specification and approach to delivery are optimised.

The final costs of the schemes you mentioned are in line with other schemes of this nature and scope, and I do not consider them to the excessive, given the need to reduce road danger and improve the public realm in areas like these.

I have pushed TfL to make savings and it is placing greater emphasis on getting more value out of procurement and contract management as part of its root and branch review of the organisation.