Time lost in daily commuting

MQT on 2016-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2016
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The recent findings from the annual London Commuter Index found that a third of Londoners spend the equivalent of a whole day's work every week commuting to and from the office. Whilst, Mayor's fares freeze and Government lobbying will go some way to address cost of travel aspect, what do think can be down in the short term plan to make journeys more reliable, quicker and make them more comfortable?     


Answer for Time lost in daily commuting

Answer for Time lost in daily commuting

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I want to do everything I can to make Londoners' commuter journeys more affordable, safe, reliable, quick and comfortable.

TfL is focussing efforts on improving bus speeds. This includes targeted on-street enforcement, reviewing traffic signal timings specifically to help buses, new traffic signal technologies, and a new bus delay monitoring system which enables TfL's streets control room staff to manage the bus network in real time.

I also want to see more people change the way they travel by encouraging greater levels of cycling and walking in addition to increased public transport use. This can only be done by adopting the Healthy Streets Approach, providing appealing and accessible streets for cyclists and pedestrians and reliable journeys on the public transport network.

On the Tube, major projects are underway to rebuild Tottenham Court Road, Victoria and Bond Street stations which will increase capacity, add step-free access and make journeys faster. New air-conditioned, walk-through trains have been introduced on the Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan lines and most of the District line. New trains will run on all four lines by spring 2017 and new signalling will be in place by 2023. New trains and signalling are also planned for the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines. I have also announced £200 million for improvements to step-free access over the next five years.

On TfL Rail/Elizabeth line, new trains will be introduced between Liverpool Street and Shenfield from May 2017. Station improvement work is also taking place in preparation for the arrival of full Elizabeth line services in 2019.

On London Overground, the electrification of the Gospel Oak to Barking line will enable the introduction of new four car electric trains from January 2018, to help meet growing demand.

New trains will also be introduced on the Romford to Upminster and Lea Valley lines in 2018.

I have also been making the case to take over suburban rail services, which would allow TfL to make journeys more reliable and comfortable, and in the longer term quicker, as it has done on London Overground.

I am disappointed that the Government has gone back on its commitment to devolve more rail services to TfL, but I will continue to push for this important improvement to London's transport network.