Detailed Budget Expenditure for TfL's Bus Safety Programme (1)

MQT on 2017-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2017
Question By: 
Keith Prince
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your response to Question 20172250 confirmed that TfL's Bus Safety Programme has a total 5 year budget allocation of £33.5 million, of which £31 million "will be invested in developing and delivering the Bus Safety Standard on all new vehicles, including Intelligent Speed Assistance."   In response to my request for a list of detailed expenditures on the Bus Safety Programme for the period 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2017, you could only confirm £150,000 on the Bus Safety Standard.

Since TfL expended £1,952,908,408.39 on Bus Contracts last Financial Year, how is it possible that it has only accounted for £150,000 on the Bus Safety Standard?


Answer for Detailed Budget Expenditure for TfL's Bus Safety Programme (1)

Answer for Detailed Budget Expenditure for TfL's Bus Safety Programme (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The bulk of the Bus Safety Programme budget will be spent when we know what types of safety technology and enhanced design features will be incorporated into new vehicles.  This will be determined by in-depth research into bus fatalities, Transport for London’s (TfL) delivery partners from the manufacturing sector and technical evaluation. It is critical we put these foundations in place first to get the most out of the Bus Safety Standard.


As yearly expenditure over the life of the programme is not uniform, TfL expects around £2.1 million to be spent by the end of this financial year.


Expenditure on bus network safety goes far beyond the £33.5m allocated to the Bus Safety Programme and is integral to work across the bus network.  The Bus Safety Programme is one element of the Vision Zero approach to road danger. It extends to day-to-day operation of buses by supervisory staff in stations, garages, on the road and in control rooms.