Glyphosate

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6222
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As a follow up to question 2018/2148, can the Mayor provide an update on Transport for London’s progress sourcing suitable safe alternatives to glyphosate?

Answers

Answer for Glyphosate

Answer for Glyphosate

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

Glyphosate

Glyphosate

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Transport for London (TfL) is continuing to work with suppliers and contractors to explore safer alternatives for weed treatment. 

Towards the end of last year, TfL carried out a successful trial using electrocides, an environmentally safe, non-chemical technique that kills weeds by transferring a strong electric current through them. Since this trial, TfL has worked with the supplier to further adapt this technique to its network, and a second trial will be carried out by the end of March 2019.

TfL is also investigating with suppliers a second method for environmentally safe weed control, the application of hot foam. This trial is still at an early stage, and I have asked TfL to keep your office informed of progress.

Where chemicals are currently used, TfL abides by legislation to ensure their safe use.