TfL’s Failure to send Fatigue Audit IA 17 780 to RAIB, SNC Lavalin, ORR and Police

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-12-19
Session date: 
December 19, 2019
Reference: 
2019/21050
Question By: 
Keith Prince
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In your answer to MQ 2018/2612 you clearly state “The Managing Director of Surface Transport is responsible for Transport for London's engagement with the RAIB, ORR, BTP, SNC-Lavalin and the Coroner, discharged through the General Manager for London Trams, the Director of Health Safety & Environment, the Chief Customer Officer and General Counsel.” Yet TfL’s 24 July 2018 Board Report ascribes that responsibility to the HSE team, a narrative reiterated by your Deputy Mayor at the London Assembly on 11 September 2019.

Therefore, in order to state unequivocally that responsibility for the error lay with HSE, you must have evidence that HSE failed in the discharge of those duties, rather than the MD Surface—who you identify as having overall responsibility—or the other functions you list.

1) Do you or do you not have such evidence?

2) If you have any evidence, please provide it.

3) If you do not have any evidence, will you explain why you continue to place the blame for failing to send IA 17 780 to the police and other bodies investigating Sandilands on HSE, rather than that on the MD of Surface Transport, General Manager for London Trams, Chief Customer Officer or General Counsel?

Answers

Answer for TfL’s Failure to send Fatigue Audit IA 17 780 to RAIB, SNC Lavalin, ORR and Police
TfL’s Failure to send Fatigue Audit IA 17 780 to RAIB, SNC Lavalin, ORR and Police

TfL’s Failure to send Fatigue Audit IA 17 780 to RAIB, SNC Lavalin, ORR and Police

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The answer to Mayor’s Question 2018/2612 was that Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Managing Director of Surface Transport’s responsibility for TfL’s engagement with the RAIB, ORR, BTP, SNC-Lavalin and the Coroner, was discharged through the General Manager for London Trams, the Director of Health Safety & Environment, the Chief Customer Officer and General Counsel.” (emphasis supplied)

It does not conflict with the 24 July 2018 Board Report (nor anything said by the Deputy Mayor at the London Assembly on 11 September 2019).  The report sets out what happened, namely: 

“…the Chair asked if the audit report had been sent to the external bodies investigating the Sandilands incident, he having previously proposed that this should be done. TfL’s Director of Health and Safety said that she believed it had been sent but would confirm. Following the meeting it was discovered that the audit report had not in fact been sent to the external bodies.

Our Health and Safety department was responsible for sharing this audit report with the external bodies, but in error it was not sent as originally thought. This was clearly an oversight, which was rectified as soon as we realised that this had occurred. The Director of Health and Safety also contacted the Chair of the SSHR Panel to inform him of the error, to apologise and to confirm that the audit report had been sent.”