Cutting bus route 13

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-02-20
Session date: 
February 20, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0591
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

TfL have now announced that they intend to go ahead with their plan to cut bus route 13 despite the overwhelming opposition to the scheme in the public consultation, including ignoring the petition against it too. What is the point of TfL consulting the public when they always ignore the outcome of any given consultation if it does not agree with what they intend to do?

Answer

Answer for Cutting bus route 13

Answer for Cutting bus route 13

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL considers all feedback carefully before deciding how to proceed on a scheme following public consultation. While the proportion of support for or against a scheme offers a way of assessing the attitudes of respondents, other factors must also be taken into account, including the detailed content of consultation responses, feedback from other forms of engagement, available funding, passenger usage, technical information and wider strategic imperatives. This information helps to determine the best way to achieve a scheme's objectives.

TfL did not ignore the petition on route 13 and it is explicitly included in their summary of consultation responses: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/routes-13-82-113-139-189/.

Changes to route 13 are part of a wider set of changes in this area to ensure the network adapts to changing patterns of demand.