384 bus

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Reference: 
2018/5330
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Further to Question No: 2018/3255

‘Residents report that Transport for London have bought and delivered to the Potters Bar garage new signs for the 384 bus route, even though the consultation on changing the route had not yet been completed. Is this true, and what was the reason? Is this not a pre-judging of the consultation, which would leave Transport for London open to a judicial review?’

Your response being:

I can confirm that no decision has been taken on whether to proceed with proposals for the 384. The consultation closed on 9 November and Transport for London (TfL) is now carefully considering the feedback received. A decision will be made in due course.

Standalone orders for bus destination blinds are very costly, so the bus operator for the 384, Metroline, decided to order signs for the proposed new route as part of a larger order to keep costs low. Metroline is now equipped to deal with either destination, irrespective of what decision TfL makes following the consultation.

Assuming that answer to be correct, how can you explain the fact that the new destination boards have already been installed on buses, before the end of the consultation period?

Answers

Answer for 384 bus

Answer for 384 bus

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

384 bus

384 bus

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As explained in my response to Mayor’s Question 2018/3255, standalone orders for bus blinds are very costly. The bus operator for route 384, Metroline, made the decision to order signs for the proposed new route as part of a larger order to keep costs low.

Metroline decided to fit the blinds as it operates a number of routes across North London, and often moves buses around between them. Having a wider range of destinations on the blind, including locations where many routes terminate such as Edgware, allows for a more flexible fleet.

Due to the level of response to the consultation and the important issues raised, Transport for London (TfL) has not yet decided whether to proceed with proposed changes to route 384. A consultation report will be published early in the New Year, which will set out TfL’s planned next steps. Once again, I would like to thank everyone that contributed to the consultation.