Bridges (1)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I regularly get serious complaints from my constituents and local ward councillors about the state of bridges and underpasses. The complaints relate to the poor upkeep (both in terms of decorative state as well structural conditions / water seepage etc) due to years of neglect by TfL and other operators. These raise very valid concerns about safety, environmental impact and visual appearance of the area. Additionally some of these underpasses/bridges provide access to areas people use for their regular walks. What are TfL's policies for regular (cyclical) repairs and maintenance and how much is TfL able to influence other operators to maintain their structures too? Also, is there a list of ownership of such bridges/underpasses to help identify who is responsible for the unkeep? 


Answer for Bridges (1)

Answer for Bridges (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) carries out regular inspections and maintenance on its subways, bridges and underpasses. This includes clearing drains, changing lamps, monthly safety inspections, and annual cleaning.

Defects identified by the inspections are prioritised based on a range of factors including safety, customer impact and whole life cost.  In recent years TfL has increased its expenditure on pedestrian subways because it understands the impact their appearance can have on perceptions of safety.

TfL works with the London boroughs through the London Bridges Engineering Group (LoBEG) to promote best practice.  LoBEG has provided good practice guidance for boroughs on how to prioritise their works. Some aspects of the approach are standardised while others allow local factors to be taken into account, ensuring boroughs are in control of how they invest in their highways.

A list of the bridges and structures managed by boroughs and TfL is held on the bridges database. The database identifies who is responsible for managing the structure. TfL can provide this information to you directly.