Pedestrian crossing in Wood Street High Barnet

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3266
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question No: 2017/2476:

Further to Question No: 2017/0563:

'What public consultation did TfL undertake with High Barnet local residents, pensioner organisations, and with any users of the crossing, particularly the parents of the numerous small children who use the playground which is just inside the Old Court House Recreation Ground, about the changes to the crossing?'

Your response being:

'This is a much-improved pedestrian crossing which now complies with Department for Transport regulations and is safer than the crossing it replaced. The works at this location were part of TfL's annual modernisation programme.

TfL consulted with London Borough of Barnet officers about the changes and the borough supported the proposals.

TfL will continue to monitor this location to ensure the crossing is operating both safely and correctly'.

Is it therefore the case that no public consultation was conducted; and if not why not?

Your response being:

'Transport for London advised the London Borough of Barnet of the proposals to carry out a modernisation of the ageing infrastructure at the Wood Street crossing, as the borough is the highway authority. The scheme enabled the crossing to comply with current standards. Public consultation is not used in these circumstances.

The proposals were discussed at regular meetings between TfL and the London Borough of Barnet on 08 January 2016, 08 April 2016 and 06 July 2016, and details of the changes were provided in writing on 03 May 2016. '

Given Barnet Council's poor record on public consultation and engagement and the importance of this crossing to the public, with hindsight don't you think it would have been better for TfL to have consulted the public about their plans before implementing them? 

Answer

Answer for Pedestrian crossing in Wood Street High Barnet

Answer for Pedestrian crossing in Wood Street High Barnet

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Borough of Barnet is the highway authority for Wood Street so it is for that authority to decide whether and to consult on proposals at this location.

Transport for London's works modernised the pedestrian crossing and brought it up to the latest standards. TfL does not normally carry out public consultation on these types of renewal works on borough roads, unless requested to do so by the borough, which they did not do in this case.