Kilometres lost to traffic delays

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
Tom Copley
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


TfL's Quarter 3 Customer and Operational Performance Report shows kilometres lost to traffic delays falling to the lowest level for more than 20 years. Contributory factors include a relatively low level of roadworks and a range of initiatives to improve operating conditions. What forecasts are TfL making on traffic delays? Do you expect the roadworks to increase for example? Do you believe that traffic delays will continue to fall?


Answer for Kilometres lost to traffic delays

Answer for Kilometres lost to traffic delays

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is focusing on improving the recent performance of the bus network. 

There are a number of road improvements planned for 2018, and the construction of these may affect traffic in some locations. TfL has therefore forecast a slight increase in the time it takes its road network to recover from unplanned and serious disruption over the next two years, as set out in its recent Business Plan. However, bus reliability and speed, although dipping slightly from this year's forecast, is expected to be broadly consistent over the five-year plan.

This will be achieved through a wide range of measures, including reducing the time taken to clear up unplanned incidents, re-routing bus routes, and ensuring utilities and roadworks are better coordinated. TfL will also continue working with the utility companies to support the planning of their major replacement programmes across the capital.

In addition to its 24-hour control centre which monitors the whole road network, TfL uses intelligent traffic lights fitted with sensors to monitor traffic levels in real time and adjust timings to keep traffic moving, which reduces delays by up to 13 per cent.