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					                                                                                Appendix 3

      Written Answers to questions not
    answered at Mayor’s Question Time on
              25 February 2009
Crossrail
Question No: 199 / 2009
Jenny Jones
How will requiring new developments at Elephant and Castle to contribute to the costs of
Crossrail affect the regeneration of the area?
Oral Response


Borough Targets
Question No: 422 / 2009
Nicky Gavron
Can you please update us on your indicative housing target negotiations with London’s
boroughs?
Oral Response


London Electric Working Group
Question No: 293 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What progress do you expect your London Electric Working Group to make in encouraging
the greater use of electric cars and light vans?
Oral Response


Bendy Buses Fare Evasion
Question No: 378 / 2009
Richard Tracey
When you take in to account the cost of fare evasion what do you estimate the saving to be in
replacing the bendy buses?
Oral Response


Air Quality & the EU
Question No: 439 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Now that the EU has decided to take action on the unacceptably poor air quality in London,
what are you, as directly elected Mayor of the biggest city in Europe, doing to improve
London’s air quality?
Oral Response



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Youth employment
Question No: 392 / 2009
James Cleverly
As levels of unemployment reach record levels, what are your plans to ensure young people are
not at risk of being pushed out of the employment market?
Oral Response


Select Committees
Question No: 503 / 2009
John Biggs
How do you decide whether and when to attend select committees?
Oral Response


Outer London Commission
Question No: 360 / 2009
Brian Coleman
What is the budget for the Outer London Commission?
Oral Response


London Olympic Site
Question No: 246 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
In the light of the recent British Jobs for British Workers protests, what measures will the
Mayor be putting into place to ensure that local people are employed at the London Olympic
Site?
Oral Response


Woolwich Arsenal DLR
Question No: 408 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Whilst the opening of the Woolwich Arsenal DLR station was hugely welcome its popularity
has highlighted the overcrowding on the DLR. Therefore can the Mayor update the Assembly
on the progress of the DLR upgrades to three-carriage trains?
Oral Response


Queens Market
Question No: 508 / 2009
John Biggs
Why are you scared of your constituents in Newham?
Oral Response




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Heathrow
Question No: 371 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
Is the Mayor persuaded by the effectiveness of the “green” concessions proposed by the
Government as part of its support for a third runway at Heathrow?
Oral Response


Olympic legacy
Question No: 316 / 2009
Dee Doocey
You announced on 5 February 2009 that you would be setting up a private company to deliver
the legacy from the 2012 Games. What budgets will this body control?
Oral Response


Mortgage Rescue
Question No: 366 / 2009
Steve O’Connell
Does the Mayor believe that the Government’s mortgage rescue scheme is adequate for
London’s struggling homeowners?
Oral Response


Air Quality (1)
Question No: 330 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
What response have you had from Lord Mandelson to your letter regarding working with the
Government on a subsidy scheme for replacing the oldest, most polluting light goods vehicles
and will this subsidy be in place by 2010?
Oral Response


Olympic Taxis
Question No: 397 / 2009
Victoria Borwick
Will the Mayor give very serious consideration to using taxis as Olympic transport vehicles?
Oral Response


Domestic Violence
Question No: 527 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
What place will domestic violence have in your Violence Against Women strategy?
Oral Response




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Cautions and fixed penalties
Question No: 394 / 2009
Tony Arbour
Please list the number and categories of criminal offences which were dealt with by way of
fixed penalties and cautions between January and December 2007 and January and December
2008.
Oral Response

Additional information provided following the meeting:
The table attached at Appendix F sets out the number and categories of criminal offences,
which were dealt with by way of fixed penalties and cautions between January and December
2007 and January and December 2008.

The total number of fixed penalties and cautions in 2008 was 61,965, which accounts for 7.2 %
of the total number of criminal offences in 2008 of 850,856.

The issuing of fixed penalty notices and cautions is but a small part of the police’s armoury to
deal with criminal offences in London.


Low Emission Zone
Question No: 200 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will you call on the European Commission to refuse the UK Government’s request to extend
the deadline for meeting the PM10 and NO2 air quality limit values?
Answer from the Mayor:

I believe it would be counter productive to call upon the EU to refuse the Government’s
request to extend the deadline for meeting PM10 and NO2. This approach will not deliver
actual improvements in air quality on the ground.

I intend to focus on putting in place measures to achieve genuine reductions rather than
political gestures.

There are a number of initiatives in place to deal with this issue, such as; encouraging more
electric vehicles; ensuring every bus entering the fleet is hybrid by 2012 and investing in
hydrogen buses. I have also kept the Low Emission Zone Phase 1 & 2, which has worked well
and targets the heaviest polluting vehicles.

I met with Lord Hunt last month and we agreed that Defra and GLA officials would work
together over the coming months to look at potential measures that could be taken at the local,
regional and national level to further reduce PM10 emissions in London. Officers will also look
at measures to tackle NO2.


66 Bus Route
Question No: 415 / 2009
Roger Evans
The 66 Bus Route travels from Leytonstone to Romford and connects five London
Underground stations and Romford Rail Station. Will the Mayor ask TfL to investigate
extending the 66 Bus Route to a 24 hour service as this would be hugely beneficial to my



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constituents?
Oral Response


Civil Service Pensioners
Question No: 507 / 2009
John Biggs
Do you accept that the majority of public sector employees and former public sector pensioners
are far from being ‘fat cats’ and that your comments, given that as Mayor you are an employer,
are misconceived?
Answer from the Mayor:
There is a distinction to be drawn between many talented and hard working public servants,
most of whose individual pensions are relatively modest and the total public sector liability,
which is unsustainable and needs to be openly debated and addressed.


Family Sized Units
Question No: 413 / 2009
Andrew Boff
To what extent does the mayor think that the demographic shift towards smaller households is
as a result of the shortage of family sized properties.
Please could the Mayor make available the data used by the LDA in relation to the Barrier
Park East development on socially rented demand in Newham that justify the LDA’s position
that “The percentage of one and two bedroom units on this scheme reflect local needs”.
Oral Response


Information on the TfL Website
Question No: 470 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Why is TfL so slow to publish board and committee papers on the TfL website?
· Example 1 – 27 Jan 09 Finance Committee Meeting
   -   no documents posted before the meeting
   -   as of today (10 Feb) not one single paper has been posted for this meeting on the TfL
       site
· Example 2 – 10 Feb TfL board meeting
   -   no papers were posted until Fri 6 Feb when the Agenda only was posted to the TfL site
       – no papers and no reports
   -   as of the date of the meeting the agenda remains the only document posted


· Example 3
TfL are also very slow at posting other reports eg the Operational Performance report for Q3
was in today’s Board meeting papers but only Q1 has been put on the TfL web site with Q2
completely missing.
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL uploads the agenda for the Board meeting the day it is posted to Board Members. For the



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Board meeting on Tuesday 10 February, this was on Friday 6 February as noted. The papers
for the meeting appeared live on the website on the night of the meeting.

TfL publishes open Board, Committee and Panel reports on the web as soon as possible after
the meeting where they have been considered by Members. In the case of material which is for
later consideration by the Board, the material is published after that later meeting.

There was a delay in uploading the papers for the 27 January Finance Committee meeting for
which TfL apologises.



Road Safety
Question No: 423 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What steps are you taking to reduce fatal and serious accidents involving pedestrians on
London’s roads?
Answer from the Mayor:
The numbers of pedestrians killed and seriously injured has reduced from 1,870 in 2000 to
1,292 in 2007 (a 31% decrease). With 109 pedestrians killed in 2007 however, reducing this
number further remains a high priority.

TfL continues to upgrade its network to provide safer crossings for pedestrians. TfL’s London
Road Safety Unit work closely with their Walking & Accessibility team to improve the
walking environment for pedestrians in London. With regards to safety, this means providing
adequate facilities, such as crossings, which will enable people to make a journey on foot in a
direct and safe manner. In addition TfL, through the Local Implementation Plan process, fund
borough initiatives to improve pedestrian safety on local roads. TfL will also be updating their
Walking Plan alongside my Transport Strategy and there will be more focus on improving
urban realm/public spaces and pedestrian safety.

There have been a number of critically acclaimed campaigns that aim to improve the safety of
pedestrians (e.g. the “Don’t die before you’ve lived” and “Shattered dreams” adverts). TfL is
currently looking at how to build on these adverts to continue to engage with the teenage
pedestrian target group.

In addition to the advertising campaigns, TfL provide the Children’s Traffic Club free to all
under 3’s resident in London and have developed curriculum-linked road safety resources for
primary school children. TfL is currently working on a resource for 11-14 year olds, due to be
launched later this year.

TfL will continue to explore ways in which to improve road safety.




Questions for Written Answer

Rape crisis centres
Question No: 201 / 2009
Jenny Jones
How will the Mayor’s four new rape crisis centres complement London’s existing twenty-four
hour rape havens in terms of access, location, and the services that they provide?

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Answer from the Mayor:
Through the London Violence Against Women Strategy we will consider the gaps and need
for rape crisis provision in London. We will ensure that London’s new rape crisis services
complement the work of London’s existing Havens by working in partnership with the
Havens and other specialist providers.

The key difference between the Havens and rape crisis is that the Havens offer forensic, basic
medical and crisis intervention with respect to recent sexual assault and work with both
female and male service users. Rape crisis and sexual violence services offer a more varied
service, including 24 hour counseling helplines, and will see women who have experienced
sexual violence at any point in their lives (not just in the last 12 months).
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Investment in cycling
Question No: 202 / 2009
Jenny Jones
A recent Transport for London review of walking and cycling identified that 80% of a
potential 400% growth in cycling by 2025 would come from outer London. How much of the
£111m cycling budget for 2009/10 (not including funding provided to boroughs) will be
spent in outer London?
Answer from the Mayor:
Investment schemes in outer London will depend on how my proposals for cycle highways
and cycle hubs are taken forward and I plan to share more details on these with the Boroughs
and other stakeholders. In addition there are promotional and educational activities that have
a pan-London focus.
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Green Grid
Question No: 203 / 2009
Jenny Jones
If you extend the Green Grid concept from East London to the rest of the capital, will you
increase the investment you make in the project in line with its increasing scope?
Answer from the Mayor:
The precise funding levels for support to the boroughs and other partners to deliver the
East London Green Grid and green infrastructure more generally will be confirmed through
the LDA's ongoing business planning and budget process. Budget approvals will be sought
early in the new financial year.

As part of this allocation sought for 09/10 a study will be undertaken to examine the
feasibility of extending the East London Green Grid concept across the rest of London to
create a London-wide Green Grid and outline the next steps. The results of this study will
inform business planning and budget allocations in future financial years.
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Outer London Commission
Question No: 204 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Who on your Outer London Commission has expertise on environmental and climate change
issues?
Answer from the Mayor:
Several of the members of the Commission have practical experience of implementing
environmental and climate change policies, those from the GLA group have considerable

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expertise in developing these policies and the independent planning expert has considerable
experience in testing them.

Any further specialist expertise in these fields needed by the Commission can be provided or
procured by the GLA’s Development and Environment Directorate, which is providing the
Commission secretariat
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Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (1)
Question No: 205 / 2009
Jenny Jones
By when must all goods vehicles operated by Transport for London divisions and all vehicles
operated by contractors working on Transport for London and Olympic Delivery Agency
funded projects sign up to the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to require companies to sign up to FORS as part of the contractual process.
However, TfL would strongly encourage for all operators to become part of FORS. TfL are
currently collating information on the uptake of FORS amongst its suppliers and will be able
to produce the information in due course.
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Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (2)
Question No: 206 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Will you ask borough councils and their contractors to sign up to the Freight Operators
Recognition Scheme?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has already done so. TfL has been approaching Local Authorities about the Freight
Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) since November 2008. All Boroughs have now been
contacted. Four boroughs are currently accredited, with a further eight undergoing the
accreditation process. A number of others are expressing a desire to become accredited.
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Bus disruption
Question No: 207 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Were you consulted by the Transport Commissioner before the decision was taken not to run
a full bus service on Monday 2nd February? If not, how many hours after buses started to be
withdrawn, were you informed of the fact? Do you think the Mayor of London should be
involved in making decisions which leave 6 million people without their normal means of
transport?
Answer from the Mayor:
Night buses were progressively withdrawn from around 0010 hours on 2 February, following
an unprecedented series of accidents, emergency calls, and failed emergency calls due to
appalling road conditions. Contrary to popular myth, there was not a decision to unilaterally
suspend the whole service. Operating companies were asked at 04.56 on Monday 2 February
to run a service if it was safe to do so. None were able to do so, and I was thus informed by the
Transport Commissioner of that just after 0600 that morning.

Operational managers within the London Buses’ control structure and bus operating
companies are best placed to evaluate local road conditions, drawing on technical expertise

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and front-line experience. Services were suspended on Sunday evening only because it was
unsafe for buses to operate, And they were unable to operate normally on Monday morning.
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Bus service cancellation
Question No: 208 / 2009
Jenny Jones
How many times since buses started running in London has the entire service been cancelled,
as it was on the 2nd of February?
Answer from the Mayor:
There have been at least two previous occasions when heavy snow severely disrupted bus
services. In 2003, heavy snow paralysed north London and bus services there were unable to
operate. In 1963, parts of the network did not have buses for several days or weeks because of
snow.

What was unusual on February 2 was the quantity of snow, the fact it covered the whole of
London and that it fell at a time when hardly any traffic was on the roads. While it is possible
to spread salt, if it is covered over or falls on ice, it will produce conditions in which it is unsafe
for heavy vehicles like buses to operate.

Other cities like Bath and Bristol, and areas to the North and West of London, shared the
experiences of London and they were not able to run bus services for nearly 48 hours.

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Seized vehicles (1)
Question No: 209 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Will some of the income from Operation Reclaim, which removes uninsured vehicles from
London’s streets, be used to increase the capacity of car pounds in the capital?
Answer from the Mayor:
Income from Operation Reclaim will be used, amongst other things, to support the costs of
the Operation including car-pounds. Overall capacity is being increased by using existing car
pound space more efficiently, using other Metropolitan Police Service premises (for example
Northholt) for long-term storage and purchasing additional space from contractors as and
when needed.
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Seized vehicles (2)
Question No: 210 / 2009
Jenny Jones
What is the current annual capacity of car pounds used by the Metropolitan Police Service in
London and are there any plans to expand this capacity?
Answer from the Mayor:
The MPS has two main car pounds and a further smaller one.

Perivale (northwest) and Charlton (southeast) each have a capacity of approximately 1100
vehicles. The third at Heathrow has a capacity of approximately 30 vehicles.

Additionally the MPS has a long-term storage capability at Northolt where approximately
200 vehicles are currently stored.


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Of the seven contractors that are used to remove vehicles, three also store vehicles with a
combined total capacity of approximately 120.

With the continuing rollout of Operation Reclaim (the seizure of vehicles for no insurance
/valid driving licence) the MPS intends to establish a satellite pound within a private garage
and, pending this, is presently looking to make use of some 200+ spaces within a privately
owned compound.

The annual capacity is variable as it depends on why a particular vehicle is being stored. An
Operation Reclaim vehicle will stay for up to 15 days depending on whether or not it is
collected and how quickly. Likewise, vehicles that require accident investigation examination
or forensication may be released once this has been carried out or retained, pending the
completion of any related court action.
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Borough policing
Question No: 211 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Will the Mayor, as Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, visit all boroughs in order to
see for himself the problems and successes of policing in each borough? If so, will he accept an
immediate invitation from Southwark Police Community Consultative Group?
Answer from the Mayor:
I believe it is very important for the me and my team, including Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor
for Policing and Deputy Chair of the MPA, to have a close working relationship with the
boroughs. I have therefore established Joint Engagement Meetings (JEM), to support this.
JEM brings together the MPA, police and council leaders. I hope that all boroughs will have
engaged in this process by the end of the year. The JEM with Southwark will take place
shortly.

I believe that it is vital that police accountability is addressed at a local level, to ensure that
local concerns about crime and disorder are met. I congratulate the police community and
engagement groups in all the boroughs whose work enables local people to explore regularly
issues of concern with their local police. Unfortunately due to diary commitments I am not
able to meet with Southwark Police Community Consultative Group (PCCG) immediately,
but I will explore with the MPA the possibility of a meeting with all London PCCG chairs.

Kit Malthouse has already held meetings with the Community Safety Team at Southwark and
recently spoke at their one day conference on gangs and knives. In addition he has also been
briefed on the tactics the Met are employing to tackle gangs in the borough.

Police budget (1)
Question No: 212 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Why is there a forecast underspend of £22m in the Metropolitan Police Service’s 2008/09
revenue budget and of £16.7m in the MPS’s capital programme?
Answer from the Mayor:
The main areas of underspend on the revenue budget are on Pay (Officers & Staff) and other
Employee Related Expenditure and is principally due to vacancies.

The capital budget underspend is principally due to the rephasing of the Greenwich patrol
base project and part of the Safer Neighbourhoods programme into future years.



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A more detailed explanation is provided in the Revenue and Capital Budget Monitoring
Report 2008/09 – Period 9 for the MPA Finance & Resources Committee meeting on 19
February 2009.
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Police budget (2)
Question No: 213 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Can you provide details of all other years where the MPS’s revenue and/or capital
programmes were underspent, including by how much?
Answer from the Mayor:
The table below shows the variance of actual expenditure compared to budget for the last 5
years.
 Financial Year                  Revenue                              Capital
                                   £m                                   £m
    2003/04                       -18.9                                -15.9
    2004/05                       -11.8                                -80.1
    2005/06                        -7.5                                -64.5
    2006/07                        -5.1                                -81.1
    2007/08                        -7.9                                -32.0

The revenue expenditure underspends are minimal in the context of the Authority’s overall
budget and reflect good budget management. The revenue underspends are taken from the
published accounts and represent the amounts transferred to the general reserve, after taking
account of various contributions to other reserves.
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Affordable housing targets
Question No: 214 / 2009
Jenny Jones
If, following negotiations with boroughs, you are unable to agree individual targets that will
in total deliver 50,000 additional affordable homes in London, what action will you take to
ensure this key commitment to Londoners is delivered?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am already working with the Homes and Communities Agency and with other key partners
to identify additional opportunities for affordable housing delivery. This work is currently at a
preliminary stage.
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Velib helmets
Question No: 215 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Do you agree that making the wearing of helmets compulsory as part of the user conditions
for the London cycle hire scheme would severely limit take up and impose a condition which
does not apply to other cyclists?
Answer from the Mayor:
There are no plans to make the use of cycle helmets compulsory for users of the London Cycle
Hire Scheme.

The wearing of cycle helmets in the UK is not mandatory and it is therefore personal choice as
to whether cyclists might like to consider wearing a helmet.

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LDA climate change budget (1)
Question No: 216 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Is the figure of £18,323,000 for the London Development Agency climate change, waste, and
environment budget the original budget for 2008/09, or the budget approved later in the
financial year?
Answer from the Mayor:
The original 2008/9 budget setting process did not include a budget for waste nor did it
include specific projects later approved for funding, for example the Mayor’s Trees and Parks
project. Hence, the total figure allocated to climate change, waste and environment in 08/9 is
a composite budget of all the programmes and projects that were either approved at the start
of the year or subsequently approved in the course of 08/9.
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LDA climate change budget (2)
Question No: 217 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Can you explain the £3.64m of unallocated spending in the London Development Agency’s
climate change, waste, and environment budget for 2008/09? Is this because of an underspend
in some projects? Will this funding be carried forward to 2009/10? Does the figure of £18M
for 2009/10 include money carried forward from 2008/09?
Answer from the Mayor:
The unallocated spend represents the funding available at the start of 08/9 for the
development of new projects not already budgeted for in any other category (e.g.: green
organisations, green homes etc). It is not under spend and it will not necessarily be carried
forward to 09/10, hence the £18m figure of 09/10 does not include the £3.64m unallocated
spend.
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LDA climate change budget (3)
Question No: 218 / 2009
Darren Johnson
What did the £3.85m funding for the London Waste and Recycling Board in 2008/09 pay
for?
Answer from the Mayor:
The funding was reallocated to the London Waste and Recycling Board in accordance with
new Mayoral Policy in this area. The Board was only established in statute in July and is
currently developing its business plan. It has not therefore as yet been in a position to utilise
the available LDA funds. Hence the LDA has not spent the available budget allocated to waste
for 08/9 and the full amount will now be reprofiled into subsequent years for this purpose.
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Investing to tackle climate change (1)
Question No: 219 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will any of the £2,427,000 budgeted by the London Development Agency for retrofitting
programmes in 2009/10 fund the improvement of domestic energy efficiency?
Answer from the Mayor:
The LDA’s business planning process will determine the available budget for 09/10 for new

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initiatives and this has not yet concluded, hence we cannot confirm the specific budget
available for retrofitting programmes.
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Investing to tackle climate change (2)
Question No: 220 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Where in your 2009/10 budget have you made provision for investments to improve the
energy efficiency of London’s homes?
Answer from the Mayor:
The work that needs to be done to improve the energy efficiency of London’s homes requires
significant amounts of funding. My team along with partners from boroughs and London
Councils are developing a business case for retrofitting homes which aims to maximise
existing sources of funding and draw in other potential sources.
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Green Homes Programme
Question No: 221 / 2009
Darren Johnson
How long would an innovative project such as the Green Homes Programme normally have
to run before a full evaluation could be made of its success and future potential?
Answer from the Mayor:
All LDA projects are subject to evaluation on completion and many projects also undergo a
mid-term evaluation. If a project is underperforming and/or is not meeting contractual
targets, the project will be evaluated no matter what stage it has reached.

The LDA undertook an evaluation of the Green Homes Concierge Service in September 2008
due the project not meeting contractual targets. The results of the evaluation are being used
by the GLA and LDA to inform the development of a pan London home energy efficiency
scheme that will reach far more households, and build on the lessons of the existing concierge
service.

Walking, cycling, and accessibility budgets
Question No: 222 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Thank you for your answer to my question 40/2009 explaining that much of the £111m
investment in cycling in 2009/10 is accounted for by accelerating spending on a cycle hire
scheme. Does this mean that spending on walking, cycling, and accessibility in 2010/11 will
be lower than the £75m set out in the Transport for London business plan? If so, by how
much for each?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL intend to deliver the cycle hire scheme in accordance with the Business Plan. It is
however too early to confirm budgets for 2010/11. My budgets for 2009/10 are soon to be
considered for approval by the London Assembly and later in the new financial year work will
begin under the business planning process to determine budgets for 2010/11.
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Home insulation (1)
Question No: 223 / 2009
Darren Johnson

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How will the Government’s recently proposed programme to improve the energy efficiency of
7 million homes complement work being done by the Greater London Authority to cut
domestic carbon emissions?




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Answer from the Mayor:
We are aware of the Government’s proposed programme, which is presently out for
consultation. The proposal is that 7 million homes will have been offered a ‘whole house’ heat
and energy efficiency solution by 2020.

Central government will set the overall policy. Delivery at a regional and local level will be
needed to ensure that Londoners benefit. London’s domestic retrofit programme currently
being developed should act as a catalyst to enable London to take full advantage of the
national programme.

Through the use of my housing powers I also hope to leverage the funding streams that are
created to achieve the 7 million homes target.

I have written to Ed Milliband and will be following up a response for a request to meet to
discuss how we can work together to meet climate change priorities including domestic
retrofitting.
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Home insulation (2)
Question No: 224 / 2009
Darren Johnson
What discussions have you or GLA officers had with Government regarding the recently
proposed programme to improve the energy efficiency of 7 million homes?
Answer from the Mayor:
GLA officers have met with DECC officials about the Community Energy Saving Programme
(CESP) consultation. The government sees this programme as a pilot leading to a more
co-ordinated approach proposed in “Heat and Energy Saving Strategy: a consultation” for the
7 million homes programme. GLA officers also met with officials from the Office of Climate
Change in the development of this consultation. GLA officers will have ongoing discussions
with DECC during the consultation period. The LDA has also seconded an officer into DECC
for 2 days a week in March to assist on heat aspects of the consultation.
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Environmental direction of travel
Question No: 225 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Have you recently appointed consultants to work on the Environmental direction of travel
document? If so, why is this work not being done ‘in-house’, given that strategic policy
development is one of the core functions of the City Hall environment team?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes, I have recently appointed a temporary agency worker to co-ordinate my Environment
direction of travel statement. The skills of the individual who has been taken on complement
the skills available in the team rather than duplicate them – her strong analytical skills gained
from a consulting background fit well with the in-depth policy knowledge available in the
team. This will ensure that the programmes are fact-based and deliverable and feed into the
corporate planning process.
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Air quality staff
Question No: 226 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Can you outline the staffing provision for work on air quality, whilst the new air quality

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strategy is being drawn up?
Answer from the Mayor:
There are currently three full-time air quality posts on the establishment at this time,
supplemented by a Strategy Manager for Air Quality, Energy and Climate Change.

The Strategy will also be drawn up with assistance from relevant officers at Transport for
London. A number of working groups are being established to take this work forward.
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Mayoral contribution to carbon reduction
Question No: 227 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will your forthcoming direction of travel document on the environment support action by the
Greater London Authority and its functional bodies to achieve at least the following
reductions in CO2 emissions by 2025?
· 7.7 million tonnes from homes
· 7.6 million tonnes from the commercial and public sectors
· 7.2 million tonnes from energy supplies
· 4.3 million tonnes from ground based transport
· 133.4 thousand tonnes from Mayoral group operations
Answer from the Mayor:
I am totally committed to a 60% carbon dioxide reduction target for London by 2025. As you
know, achieving this target also requires strong government action to drive forward
significant new policies on decentrailsed energy and energy efficiency. The sectoral emission
savings you indicate from the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) are continually being
reviewed – whilst the overall target remains, which sector is best placed to deliver what
percentage of those reductions may change. The programmes delivering these savings will be
addressed in the environment direction of travel document and further details in my
forthcoming Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy.

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Government’s contribution to carbon reduction
Question No: 228 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will your forthcoming direction of travel document on the environment support action by the
Government to achieve at least the following reductions in CO2 emissions by 2025?
· 4.6 million tonnes from homes
· 6.1 million tonnes from the commercial and public sectors
· 6.6 million tonnes from energy supplies
· 2.8 million tonnes from ground based transport
Answer from the Mayor:
Please see the response to 227 / 2009.
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Business support
Question No: 229 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Has the London Development Agency assisted any London businesses in accessing funding
from the Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (Jeremie), which
provides investment loans to small businesses?
Answer from the Mayor:
No. ‘JEREMIE’ is an optional financial engineering mechanism within the existing European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme, rather than a separate source of funding.
London already has a vehicle that serves this purpose, SME Wholesale Finance (London)
Limited which was established under London's 2000-6 European programmes.

As announced in my Economic Recovery Plan, the LDA will make available new loan and
equity funds for SMEs to help weather the current economic conditions. The source of finance
for these funds includes investment from the current 2007 to 2013 European programme,
SME Wholesale Finance (London) Limited and the LDA.
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World Economic Forum
Question No: 230 / 2009
Darren Johnson
What measures to tackle climate change in London did you discuss with other mayors at the
World Economic Forum? Which of these measures are you considering implementing in
London?
Answer from the Mayor:
All major cities are looking at similar challenges such as retrofitting of buildings, taking up
low carbon vehicles, other transport measures, increasing recycling and recovering energy
from residual waste. We had particularly extensive discussions around electric vehicles. The
key issue that emerged was around ensuring we have mechanisms to deliver at the scale
needed. For example San Francisco has been very successful in catalysing low carbon
vehicles. Cities need to work together to identify ways they can help deliver low carbon
technologies.
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Recycling on the tube
Question No: 231 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Given that some waste will always be left on the tube, what is Transport for London doing to
improve the recycling rate of the rubbish it collects from the current 40%? Does Transport for
London have the goal of ensuring that all recyclable waste left on the Transport network is
recycled?
Answer from the Mayor:
London Underground (LU) has put a lot of effort into recycling the newspapers passengers
leave in our stations and on trains and has increased its recycling rate from 12% to 40% over
the past five years.

This has been achieved through 'behind the scenes' activities which include a dedicated
recycling truck, separate collection of newspapers when cleaning trains and dedicated staff at
certain stations. There is currently a marketing campaign underway which is designed to
help LU recycle in an environment where customers are increasingly leaving newspapers on
our trains. Customer waste increased by approximately 20% last year alone.

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Security restrictions, as well as safety, space and passenger numbers limit the number of litter
and recycling bins that can be put inside LU stations, however LU is currently trialling
customer newspaper recycling bins inside six stations. The trial will assess the effectiveness of
the recycling bins, in terms of improving recycling and customer involvement. The trial
began in October 2008 and will be reviewed in March/April 2009. There are 270 newspaper
recycling bins in place outside LU stations.

LU is also working closely with the Corporation of London where a joint process for recycling
newspapers collected on the Tube has been established. LU hopes to work in a similar fashion
with other boroughs.

TfL is looking at opportunities to increase recycling of waste left on the transport network
taking into account operational challenges such as contamination of waste, storage space and
collection cost.
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Air Quality Management Areas
Question No: 232 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Which Local Authorities in London have not declared an Air Quality Management Area that
should have done so?
Answer from the Mayor:
All London local authorities have recognised that they are not meeting air quality objectives
and have declared air quality management areas. This area accounts for 79 per cent of
London.

Newham currently has an AQMA partially covering the borough and are in the process of
submitting an AQMA for the whole of their area.
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Local Air Quality Action Plans
Question No: 233 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Which Local Authorities in London that have or should have declared an Air Quality
Management Area have developed a Local Air Quality Action Plan?
Answer from the Mayor:
All London local authorities declaring Air Quality Management Areas have developed Local
Air Quality Action Plans except Bromley and Havering.

Bromley and Havering are currently formulating their action plans.
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London Underground
Question No: 234 / 2009
Darren Johnson
How will you ensure that a thousand job losses on the London Underground do not lead to a
decline in services, or safety standards?
Answer from the Mayor:
Operational staff, who are responsible for the safe and reliable operation of the Tube on a daily
basis, are not affected by the planned organisational changes and post reductions.
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Local Action on Biodiversity programme
Question No: 235 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will you ensure the Greater London Authority joins the worldwide Local Action on
Biodiversity (LAB) programme, aimed at capturing and sharing information on the increasing
importance of biodiversity management at the local level?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Local Action for Biodiversity Programme is primarily about following a process to
produce and implement biodiversity strategies and action plans in major cities across the
world.

London has already gone through the five proposed stages of the Local Action for
Biodiversity Programme process. Work on a nature conservation strategy for London began
in the mid-1980s, and we now have in place a statutory Biodiversity Strategy and a
Biodiversity Action Plan. The protection, enhancement and management of biodiversity is
reflected in a range of policies, programmes and projects being implemented by a wide range
of stakeholders across London.
I believe that the activities of the current Local Action for Biodiversity programme would
deliver the greatest benefits for those cities less advanced in the development of their own
biodiversity conservation strategy.
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Flat roof insulation
Question No: 236 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Will you do more to promote flat roof insulation, given the numbers of flat roofed buildings in
London (particularly extensions with flat roofs) and given that heat loss through flat roofs is
very significant and could be prevented by adding insulation the next time the flat roof needs
to be re-covered with felt or other material?
Answer from the Mayor:
We are not aware of any major programme, such as the Carbon Emission Reduction Target,
that has funded flat roof insulation and it hasn’t been included as a qualifying measure for the
proposals for the Community Energy Saving Programme. However, my team will be looking
at whether it is appropriate to include flat roof measures in the retrofit programme.

As you are aware the London Plan promotes Sustainable Design and Construction (Policy
4A.3) and current living roofs (policy 4A.11) and expects boroughs to do the same.
Sustainable Design is based on principles to ensure buildings are energy efficient and Living
roofs also seek to insulate the property underneath. The London Plan is being reviewed and I
will continue to include these policies to ensure that new development reduces heat loss and
seeks high levels of energy efficiency.

The GLA is also involved in an EU funded pilot project ‘Cool Roofs’. Like Green Roofs, Cool
Roofs also offer energy saving properties via thermal buffering and reflection of sunlight away
from buildings. Therefore, application of Cool Roofs can save energy by reducing the need for
use of mechanical air conditioning in summer.

Improved driver training
Question No: 237 / 2009
Jenny Jones
In its efforts to ensure the highest driving standards in London, will Transport for London
support new drivers choosing to undertake a BTEC Award level 2 in Driving Science, in the

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same way that is supports those following the Pass Plus course?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is aware of the BTEC Award level 2 in Driving Science qualification and is currently
evaluating whether it will provide support for this qualification.
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Old Kent Road
Question No: 238 / 2009
Jenny Jones
How frequently are major roads checked for defects such as the large pothole in the bus lane
near number 155 Old Kent Road, which is posing a threat to cyclists? Are bus drivers
expected to notice and report this kind of road damage?
Answer from the Mayor:
Roads on the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) are subject to safety inspections,
which in the case of Old Kent Road, at monthly intervals. TfL’s contractors also respond
within one hour to reports of an emergency or hazardous defect from any road user. The
pothole around a utility company’s manhole cover outside 155 Old Kent Road was reported as
an emergency fault on 27 January and a temporary repair carried out the same day. The
permanent repair has since been completed.
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Cycle parking at Canada Water
Question No: 239 / 2009
Jenny Jones
The planned removal of railings at Canada Water station will leave a desperate need for at
least 60 secure cycle parking places, yet the bus station’s managers are apparently opposing
this. Will you ensure that your mayoral priorities are turned into action by instructing
Transport for London to install enough secure cycle parking at the bus station to meet peak
demand, in consultation with local cycling groups?
Answer from the Mayor:
The London Borough of Southwark will use LIP funding from TfL to install by the end of
March over 40 cycle parking spaces at Canada Water. These will be at the corner of Surrey
Quays Road and Deal Porter Way.

There are also a number of developments at the station and the railings will not be removed
until completion. The developments will provide:

    -   60-80 bike spaces in a secure cycle park aimed at commuters with controlled
        authorised access;
    -   14 spaces adjacent to the library;
    -   38 spaces along Albion Channel as part of a public realm scheme; &
    -   1000-plus spaces within the development itself for use by residents, staff and visitors
        to the new development.
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484 and 122 bus routes
Question No: 240 / 2009
Darren Johnson
Following complaints from constituents about the irregularity and overcrowding of the 484
and 122 services to Lewisham will you ask TfL to review these services and consider
increasing the frequencies?

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Answer from the Mayor:
The current scheduled frequencies on routes 122 and 484 provide sufficient capacity for
demand. However the reliability of route 122 has been poor in recent weeks which has led to
crowding on this service and consequently on adjacent services such as the 484. TfL is
working closely with the operator of route 122 to ensure that reliability improves.
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Crossrail
Question No: 241 / 2009
Darren Johnson
The economic advisor of the previous Mayor suggested in 2001 that there could be a
supplementary Crossrail connection to Stansted Airport. Has there been any recent
discussion or proposals for such a link?
Answer from the Mayor:
CRL and its delivery partners are delivering the project and the route as agreed under the
Crossrail Act 2008.

Neither Crossrail Limited (CRL) nor I have recently had any discussions or proposals
regarding an extension of Crossrail to Stansted. Crossrail will serve Liverpool Street and
from here passengers take can onward connections to Stansted via train services which run
from this station.
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Local athletics
Question No: 242 / 2009
Darren Johnson
A constituent recently wrote to me to complain that had he tried to get his daughter into an
athletics class locally but was told there is a 6 month waiting list. What are you doing to
ensure that London, as the Olympics host city, provides suitable places for budding local
athletes?
Answer from the Mayor:
Capacity - in terms of both formal sports clubs and other less formal environments - is one of
the key factors affecting sports participation in London. It can only be addressed in
partnership with local authorities, Sport England, the LDA and with national governing
bodies of sport. Over the past few months the GLA Sports Unit has been engaging with these
organisations and all other stakeholders, in order to produce a Sports Legacy Plan for
London. The Plan, to be published in April, will tackle this issue and many others, helping to
secure a grass-roots legacy of increased participation in sport and physical activity amongst
Londoners.


Help a London park
Question No: 243 / 2009
Darren Johnson
What safeguards were put in place to ensure that voting to help a London park was not open
to manipulation?
Answer from the Mayor:
Voters were required to enter their first name, surname, post code and where they were
voting from (home, work, school, etc). Votes were monitored to look for signs of irregularity
and where malpractice was suspected the votes were disqualified. All of the 111,000 votes
have been hand-checked.

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Of the votes received via the website, in the region of 5% have been disqualified. This did not
alter the 10 parks that will receive an award, with the results being announced in early March.
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East London Line
Question No: 244 / 2009
Darren Johnson
It is very welcome news that phase two of the East London Line extension is to proceed.
What will you now do to ensure funding for the construction of Surrey Canal Road station?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am very pleased that we managed to reach an agreement with the DfT on funding for this
much-needed scheme.

The cost of a new station at Surrey Canal Road (SCR) is not provided within the current
funding allocation. Construction of the station will be considered as part of the regeneration
scheme for the area and will be dependent on a value for money assessment that TfL is
carrying out over the next six months.
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Borough food strategies
Question No: 245 / 2009
Jenny Jones
Would the London Food Board consider helping London local authorities who are interested
in developing borough wide food strategies, to do so?
Answer from the Mayor:
The London Food Board recognises the importance of working at local and borough level.
Advice and support has been given over the last two years to London boroughs which have
expressed an interest in sustainable food issues and London Food has now formed a working
group on local food strategies precisely to take forward this kind of borough level
engagement. That group will engage with as many boroughs as are interested to ensure that
the vision of a sustainable food system becomes a reality across the city. Of course all
boroughs are also able to apply to the Capital Growth scheme.
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Gaza demonstrations
Question No: 247 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
Does the Mayor have any comments to make concerning the recent Gaza demonstrations in
London in which officers from the Metropolitan Police were allowed to be assaulted, abused
and humiliated?
Answer from the Mayor:
There have been a number of demonstrations in central London recently on the conflict
between Israel and the Gaza Strip over Palestine, the vast majority of which have been
peaceful.

The right to lawful protest is important and something the Police will always facilitate,
however, there have been a few incidents relating to the above demonstrations where a small
minority of protestors have acted violently towards MPS officers. This is completely
unacceptable and many suspects have already been arrested and charged, as is usual practice.
Steps are being taken by the MPS to seek to identify the remaining suspects and take the
necessary action.

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Predicted increasing crime levels
Question No: 248 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
Can the Mayor confirm that he believes that the 25 extra police officers provided for in his
recent budget submission will be sufficient in the light of predicted increasing crime levels?
Answer from the Mayor:
The 2009-12 budget proposals do reflect a net increase of 25 officers although the impact
varies across the Service in line with current priorities.

There has been significant investment in police numbers and the increase of 7,282 (28%)
officers since 2000 means that next year the MPS is budgeting for 33,283 officers, which will
be the highest in the Service’s history.

The Service has robust systems in place to identify emerging trends and is closely monitoring
the impact of the recession on crime profiles. The Service will continue to use its resources
effectively to meet the new challenges and build on its performance in reducing crime.
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Anti-terrorism
Question No: 249 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
Does the Mayor believe that the proposals for an estimated total expenditure of £350 million
on “anti-terrorism” in London (2009-2010) indicate that it is a stable, multicultural city?
Answer from the Mayor:
I do not think it possible to draw any conclusions about the stability or multicultural nature
of a city, from the size of a city's budget to counter acts of terrorism - which can, of course,
occur anywhere in the world and depends on many factors.
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Tax freeze
Question No: 250 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
With the current economic climate the announced council tax freeze will be welcome change
for Londoners. With this in mind can the Mayor please indicate to Londoners where they can
find the extra cash to pay for the high rent increases that have been announced by some
London boroughs. Can the Mayor also confirm what influence the Mayor has over local
councils to negotiate a fairer deal for residents.
Answer from the Mayor:
I am delighted that the freeze on the GLA’s share of council tax could be a help to Londoners
at this difficult time.

Council rent increases are determined by local authorities within the parameters set by
central government and I do not have any direct responsibility in this area.
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Obscene language
Question No: 251 / 2009
Richard Barnbrook
With being Mayor of London comes great responsibility. The public expect a Mayor to be an
upstanding member of the community who will act as a role model to old and young alike; the
Mayor of London should be capable of coping with any given situation with dignity. With this
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in mind can the Mayor confirm that in the future he will deal with all people in a professional
way and not use obscene language like he did in a phone conversation to Keith Vaz MP? Can
the Mayor confirm that this is not a sign of him falling apart under pressure?
Answer from the Mayor:
This was a private conversation.
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Moving Bus stops
Question No: 252 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Will you please instruct TfL to stop moving bus stops in ways that harm small shopping
parades, as is happening on the A316 at the junction with Pagoda Avenue in Richmond?
Answer from the Mayor:
Any proposal to move a bus stop is subject to a site meeting involving, and requiring, the
agreement of the local authority in question and the Metropolitan Police Service. Stop moves
are generally undertaken as a result of an identified need, such as accessibility improvements,
or as a result of road or traffic schemes. The relocation of bus stops on the A316 are an
example of the latter. Impact on location is one of the considerations taken into account when
agreeing a stop position.
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Estuary Airport
Question No: 253 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
What estimates have been made of the potential impacts on Climate Change/CO2 emissions
from the proposed Estuary Airport?
Answer from the Mayor:
This information will be available once Doug Oakervee completes his report; expected around
the end of March.
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School Bus programme
Question No: 254 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
You have spoken about having a dedicated school bus programme run by TfL where the
service would significantly reduce tensions between school children and the community. Can
you tell me if TfL have any plans to pilot such services, and how Assembly Members could
suggest schools, and routes, that might benefit from such a service?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have considered this, however, there are no plans for a dedicated school bus programme.
The TfL bus network is kept under regular review to ensure it provides appropriate capacity
and links for children traveling to and from school.

If there are specific issues leading to tensions within local communities, TfL will seek to
resolve these through working with the school concerned and, if necessary, other partners
such as the Police and the local authority.

As you know, TfL has established a ‘Members Correspondence’ email service through which
Assembly Members can send suggestions or questions.
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Affordable/Social housing need
Question No: 255 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
How many additional families in London do you estimate will be seeking affordable or social
housing because of the recession, and what additional provision will you be enabling and on
what timetable?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have not yet made an estimate of the additional number of households likely to seek
intermediate or social housing, as the depth or length of the recession is unknown.

My immediate priority is to work with London boroughs to ensure that Londoners in
difficulty have ready access to advice services so that as many people as possible remain in
their own homes.

I have also made representations to the government about its mortgage rescue scheme to
ensure it better meets the needs of Londoners. I am awaiting a response to my request that
the valuation cap is increased from £295,000, and that the current savings limit of £16,000 is
increased.

First Capital Connect ticket offices
Question No: 256 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Have you, or your officers, made any representations objecting to the reduction in hours of
First Capital Connect ticket offices in London, such as Drayton Park and Elephant & Castle?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL have made representations to the relevant DfT Rail officials both in the context of First
Capital Connect (FCC) and also the South Central refranchise, where TfL will pay to ensure
that there is station staffing for the whole traffic day. DfT’s officials note that there are some
reductions in ticket office transactions, and that the matter will be dealt under the terms of
their franchise agreement with FCC.

It is everyone’s right to travel safely and free from the fear of crime. It is also why I recently
announced the funding of a further 50 British Transport Police officers to patrol train stations
and transport hubs in outer London. London Overground stations are also staffed from the
first to the last train of course.

Trees in London
Question No: 257 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Please provide a breakdown of how many new trees will be planted in each London Borough
as part of your pledge to plant 10,000 new trees across London?
Answer from the Mayor:
The new trees will be planted in 40 priority areas, with one or two areas identified in each
borough. The first 20 of these areas have been identified and maps of them can be found on
the London Tree and Woodland Grant Scheme website
(http://www.groundwork-london.org.uk/ltwgs).

The remaining 20 areas are currently being finalised and will be announced soon. An average
of 250 trees will be planted in each area, and I hope that at least 100 will be planted in every


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area, with a maximum of 400. Therefore between 100 and 800 trees will be planted in each
borough. All the trees will be planted by the spring of 2012.

The first round of grants have been allocated, and the number of trees to be planted in each
borough from this round is as follows: Brent 100, Haringey 250, Havering 62, Hillingdon 51,
Islington 230, Merton 47, Newham 380, Redbridge 70, Southwark 122, Tower Hamlets 145.
Many of these trees have already been planted, and all should be in the ground by the end of
March.
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Waste Transfer Facility, Barnet
Question No: 258 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
At the time of tabling there is still no news on what decision you have taken in considering the
planning application for the Waste Transfer facility in Barnet. What steps have you taken to
ensure that the impact on Brent residents is taken into account by Barnet Council, and can you
assure the residents of Brent that they will not be subjected to hundreds of extra heavy vehicle
movements because of any decision you have reached?
Answer from the Mayor:
I considered the planning application for the regeneration of Brent Cross Cricklewood,
including the proposed waste transfer facility, at my planning meeting on 11 February. The
officer report is available to download from the GLA website.

I understand that Barnet Council has consulted on the application and has received
representations from residents of Brent as well as Barnet. I fully expect the Council to take
these representations into account in its determination of the application, and I will also
consider the issues raised when the application is referred back to me for final decision.

In an attempt to mitigate the impact of heavy vehicle movements associated with the new
waste transfer facility, it is my understanding that TfL and Barnet Council are developing a
Framework Delivery and Servicing Strategy which should include measures to consolidate
deliveries to reduce the overall number of lorry movements. In the longer term the developer
for Brent Cross intends this facility to include rail access as well which should reduce the
number of lorry movements needed.
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Government inflicted rent rises
Question No: 259 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Due to government measures that will see council tenant rents rise by 6% in Brent and by up
to 9% in other London boroughs, what steps have you, and can you, take to ensure that council
tenants across London are no longer forced to subsidise those in the rest of England?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am aware of the concerns surrounding the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system and
that the Government is currently reviewing this system. I understand that initial findings
from the review will be published sometime in the spring.

I do not have any direct responsibility in this area but I await the findings of the review with
interest.
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Domestic waste/recycling facilities
Question No: 260 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
At present some Londoners, for instance people who live in the borough of Lewisham, but
right on the Bromley borough boundary, have to drive miles to use a domestic waste or
recycling facility. If the Lewisham resident goes to the facility in Bromley they get charged.
Present arrangements are environmentally unfriendly and wasteful. Will the London Waste
and Recycling Board encourage boroughs to allow all Londoners to use the nearest
waste/recycling facility without charge?
Answer from the Mayor:
I want to make it easier for Londoners to recycle their waste. I believe that if we want the
public to recycle it should be as easy, if not easier than throwing this potential resource away.
The London Waste and Recycling Board has a role to play in encouraging the reduction,
recycling and beneficial treatment of waste and therefore the Board hopes to receive a wide
variety of bids that aim to do this. Each bid will be assessed against the criteria and priorities
set out in the 2009/10 Business Plan. If a solution to this problem comes forward that meets
the priorities and criteria of the 2009/10 Business Plan it will have a very good chance of
securing funding.

I will also consider and consult on this situation during the development of my Municipal
Waste Management Strategy later this year.
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Christchurch Road (the South Circular) and Streatham Hill (A23)
Question No: 261 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Now that a second planning appeal has been lost by Transport for London in their attempts to
build on green open space at the corner of Christchurch Road (the South Circular) and
Streatham Hill (A23) will you now accept that your predecessor’s desire to build on Green
Open Space should be overturned? Will you instruct TfL to now take down the hastily
constructed fences on this site and restore the site so that it becomes an important visual and
leisure amenity space, valued by local people as a buffer to the main roads in the area?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL have been seeking planning consent for a 100% affordable housing scheme alongside
creating some new public open space on this former housing site. The recent Inspectors
decision has reversed some aspects of the previous Inspector’s decision.

In my manifesto I stressed the importance of seeking to use brown field public sector land to
create the housing London needs, this scheme would have contributed to this objective.

TFL are seeking a high level meeting with the borough to understand their aspirations going
forward.
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Re-opening of City Road and York Way tube stations
Question No: 262 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Given the rise in local population and predicted upward growth, would you be willing to
consider looking at re-opening the stations at City Road and York Way (on the Northern Line
and Piccadilly Line respectively) in Islington as part of the Underground’s future capital
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Answer from the Mayor:
There are no plans to re-open the old York Road station, which was closed in 1932 owing to
low usage and the need to speed up journeys following the extensions at both ends of the
Piccadilly line.

A pre-feasibility study was carried out in 2005 to look at the possibility. It concluded that
there were benefits but that these were not sufficient to justify the cost and extended journey
times for existing users of the Piccadilly line. The area is well served by buses and nearby
King’s Cross St. Pancras and Caledonian Road Tube stations.

There are no plans to reopen the disused City Road Tube station which was also closed due to
low usage. Local residents are already well-served by the nearby Angel and Old Street
stations as well as local buses.
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Penton Rise/Pentonville Road junction update
Question No: 263 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you update me on what, if any, action has been taken to improve safety for cyclists at this
notorious junction following my site visit in August with TfL officers and local councillors
and the erection of a draft sign?
Answer from the Mayor:
Design of a new junction layout to improve cyclist safety is complete, and some preliminary
works due to start in January were re-scheduled in order to avoid adding to the disruption of
Pentonville Road caused by major gas main repairs at the Angel. The gas main works have
now moved along Islington High Street so the work at the Pentonville Road/Penton Rise
junction is now due to start on 2 March for completion by 21 May 2009.


Cycle Network Plus funding cut in Islington & impact
Question No: 264 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
How can you justify the recent announcement that funding from the London Cycling
Network Plus programme for Islington is being cut by more than 50% - from more than £1
million for 2008/09 to only £405,000 for 2009/10 and the impact this will have on the
Council’s cycling improvements?
Answer from the Mayor:
You will be aware of my view that efforts to provide for cycling should now be focused on my
cycling revolution as I have set out in “Way To Go!”.

I envisage a shift towards more integrated and targeted interventions to make cycling safer,
easier and more appealing. These include cycle highways along with bike hire and cycle hubs
as the best way to grow and develop cycling in the Capital. That said, LCN+ funding has been
available to boroughs from 2002/03 and investment has been made across the network in
both boroughs. This investment is recorded in the LCN+ Annual Reports which are available
on londoncyclenetwork.org.uk. In addition to LCN+ budget, a number of funding sources are
available to managing authorities, both from TfL and others, to maintain and improve these
routes.
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Madras Place/Fieldway Crescent/Holloway Road killer junction
Question No: 265 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you please update me on progress, if any, following your answer 2118/2008 about the
junction at Holloway Road/Madras Place/Fieldway Crescent in Islington after the fatal
accident that took place in September 2008?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has undertaken a review of the last three years of collision data for the junction of
Holloway Road with Madras Place/Fieldway Crescent. In conjunction with this study, a site
assessment has been undertaken and previous design options work has been re–examined.

Options could include relocating an existing pedestrian crossing on the south side of the
junction so that it is closer to the pedestrian ‘desire line’ (the point at which pedestrians
naturally cross) and introducing a new pedestrian crossing on the north side of the junction.
TfL will progress preliminary design and traffic modelling of these options at the start of the
2009/10 financial year.
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Highbury & Islington station stallholders
Question No: 266 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Will you be intervening with Spacia and Network Rail to support the traders on the forecourt
of Highbury & Islington station from losing their business over the next four years as a result
of the East London Line extension works?
Answer from the Mayor:
I will urge Spacia and Network Rail to listen to the views of local people and to show
consideration of the fact that these traders are a valued part of the community. It will benefit
no-one to harm their trade during this tough economic climate.
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Quality of new TfL paving in Holloway Road
Question No: 267 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Given the fact that newly-laid paving slabs between Highbury Corner and the Magistrates’
Court in Holloway Road are already coming loose and a danger to pedestrians, can you
outline what inspections take place to check the quality of paving works on roads managed by
TfL?
Answer from the Mayor:
All TfL pavements are subject to regular safety inspections and any defects found are
promptly repaired. However, the new paving laid late last year has suffered some failure
within the contractual maintenance period. This means that the contractor has to make good
the defects at its own expense. The remedial work is scheduled to be completed by 20
February.
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Wharfdale Road bridge at King´s Cross station
Question No: 268 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you outline how TfL intends to progress the pre-feasibility study currently being carried
out by Islington Council into a replacement pedestrian bridge between Wharfdale Road and
St. Pancras Way at King’s Cross station?
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Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has helped fund this pre-feasibility study and will consider Islington’s report and business
case when it is received in April.
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Bus stands
Question No: 269 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What action is being taken in general to ensure bus stands do not cause a nuisance to
residents and specifically at Highbury Corner where the 277 route terminates?
Answer from the Mayor:
Bus stands are important in ensuring that buses can run reliably. Bus drivers are trained to
switch off their engine when they reach a bus stand. Notices are displayed in bus garages and
at bus stands themselves to reinforce this. TfL has raised this issue with the operator of route
277 although it would also be useful if you could forward to TfL any correspondence you have
received about the bus stand at Highbury Corner.
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Upper Street crossing
Question No: 270 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you report back on the findings of the review of crossing times at the junction of Upper
Street/Canonbury Lane/Islington Park Street that was due to be finished in December 2008
according to your answer [2478/2008]?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL completed a signal timing review at the junction of Upper Street and Islington Park
Street in December 2008 and the signals were found to meet Department for Transport
guidelines.

However, TfL’s engineers observed that when there are high numbers of vehicles turning
right into Islington Park Street from Upper Street, they do not always clear the junction
before pedestrians are given a green man to cross. TfL will therefore change the order of the
signal phasing to resolve this. TfL will need to prepare and install temporary signs to inform
road users of the changes to the signals. TfL expect these signs to be ready for installation by
the end of March 2009, at which time the signal timings will be permanently altered.
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Archway gyratory
Question No: 271 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What were the findings of the feasibility study (due to be completed at the end of November
2008) into a return to two-way working at the Archway gyratory that you referred to in
answer to my question 2018/2008?
Answer from the Mayor:
The feasibility study was completed in 2008. Two options were identified for returning the
gyratory to two-way working along with improvements to transport interchange and the
urban realm. The implementation costs were significant and, given that TfL has no funding
in its 10 year business plan for this work, any scheme would require external funding.
Regretfully, at the current time it is unlikely that there will be any local development of
sufficient scale to generate enough funding for this. TfL will continue to liaise with Islington
Council to monitor the situation for any development or other funding opportunity.

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Extension of bus route 269 (Bromley-Bexleyheath)
Question No: 272 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
In order to improve orbital public transport, can you ask TfL to look into the merits of
extending the 269 bus route (Bromley-Bexleyheath) to Beckenham Station so that
connections with tram services towards Croydon and Wimbledon can become simpler and
more attractive to residents in the northern third of Bromley and the southern half of Bexley?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL will be undertaking a review of this service in the summer as part of the ongoing
tendering programme. They will take the opportunity to fully assess your suggestion.

Pedestrian audits: Waterloo
Question No: 273 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
When will you have reviewed the pedestrian audits for the Waterloo area and the suggested
improvements as mentioned in your Answer to Question 83/2009?
Answer from the Mayor:
In my previous answer I suggested that we needed a better understanding of the issues
affecting pedestrians around Waterloo. In this light, I am pleased to note that the audits
undertaken by TfL are now being used to inform joint working between TfL, the London
Borough of Lambeth and the South Bank Employers Group on potential schemes at Waterloo
station, Waterloo Road and the Imax roundabout. This approach will ensure that proposals
brought forward for consideration offer balanced solutions that address the access needs of a
wide range of users while improving the urban realm.
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Orbital express coach services [Woolwich-Croydon]
Question No: 274 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
TfL Stakeholder Engagement Ref MH/T269/Stage 3/PAN/0109 contains the comment
“Stakeholders also requested that an express bus route be examined between Woolwich and
Croydon. An express service would also duplicate the existing links and cannot be justified.”
Of course an express service duplicates the link: to encourage modal shift from car to public
transport, it provides a much faster, more direct and comfortable service between key
destinations. Can you encourage TfL to grasp this concept?
Answer from the Mayor:
As you know, the frequency of express route X26 was doubled for most of the day (from
Monday to Sunday) on the 22 November 2008. TfL is undertaking before and after passenger
research to assess the reaction to the change. This will help in assessing the benefits of
potential enhancements to other services such as the one you highlighted above.

However, any new services users would need to be justified by setting the cost against an
assessment of potential benefits. For a possible express route this would include.

    -   new direct links created;
    -   frequency increases on sections of routing shared by the new route and existing
        services;
    -   faster journey times.
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Orbital light rail system: North West London
Question No: 275 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
As part of your long term plans for London, will you investigate proposals for a North West
London Light Railway centred on the planned Brent Cross/Cricklewood development, and
largely making use of existing Network Rail, Tube lines, and abandoned track bed, to provide
potential branches to Mill Hill East, Wembley Stadium, Park Royal, Ealing Broadway and
Finchley Road?
Answer from the Mayor:
As stated in Way to Go, I am interested in ideas to improve orbital transport in outer
London. It clearly makes sense to examine the benefits of using existing or previously
developed rail infrastructure for such purposes where this is possible.

Such schemes will be considered as part of the development of my transport strategy.
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Termination of Sutton loop rail services at Blackfriars
Question No: 276 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What representations have you made recently to persuade Network Rail to reverse its
decision to stop all Thameslink “Sutton Loop Line” trains at Blackfriars from 2015, given that
this was not included and consulted on in the South London Rail Utilisation Study; that it will
cause significant problems for South London commuters working in central and north
London; and that it will make it more difficult for all South London residents and business
people wanting to access Eurostar services from St Pancras, the planned Crossrail at
Farringdon, Kentish Town and Luton Airport Parkway?
Answer from the Mayor:
The proposal to double the frequency of Sutton loop services to 4 trains per hour and to
terminate them at Blackfriars was included in the South London Route Utilisation Strategy
published in March 2008.

I support the proposal as it maximises the capacity provided by the Thameslink Programme,
for the reasons given in previous MQT answers 1108/2008 and 2900/2008. Continuing
through services from the Sutton Loop would mean reduced capacity for passengers from
Denmark Hill, Catford and Bromley without offering any increase in frequency to Blackfriars
from stations such as Tooting, Wimbledon and Sutton.

I believe that the doubled frequency offers real benefits for passengers on the Sutton Loop as
it meets my “turn-up-and-go” service aspiration for National Rail services in London. The
benefit more than offsets the need to change onto onward Thameslink services at London
Bridge or Blackfriars, where passengers will have to wait a maximum of approximately 3
minutes for an onward connection to St Pancras and beyond.
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Reporting graffiti on bus shelters
Question No: 277 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you account for the situation that if, wishing to report graffiti on bus shelters, you ring
the number displayed on most shelters (020 7222 1234), you are told you should have rung a
different number?
Answer from the Mayor:

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This should not be the case. Passengers who ring the TIC during 0800- 2000 (and report
graffiti to a bus shelter) are transferred to the Surface Transport call centre. Passengers who
call outside of these hours have their details taken and a member of the Surface Transport call
centre will action the complaint separately. If you have any cases where this action hasn’t been
taken, please let me know.
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Bus stop: Ladbroke Grove
Question No: 278 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
The recently introduced 228 bus service has no stop between Ladbroke Grove Station and
Holland Park Avenue on its southbound journey to Shepherds Bush. As the distance between
these stops on foot (as advised by the TfL journey planner) is seventeen minutes for a person
of average fitness, can you ask TfL to introduce at least one intermediate bus stop?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL do wish to provide a stop for route 288 in this section and they have agreed with the
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea a site for a stop. The Borough however must first
consult on a Traffic Order that would be necessary to prevent parking at the proposed site.
The Borough’s consultation is ongoing and TfL must await the conclusion of this process
before a stop can be installed.
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Western extension to Congestion Charging Zone
Question No: 279 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Transport for London has said it will be 2010 at the earliest before Mayor Livingstone’s
western extension to the Congestion Charging Zone can be finally scrapped – for many
businesses (not least those in Portobello Market) this is a delay they simply cannot afford.
What is the minimum time within current legal constraints that you can confirm a variation
to the Scheme Order putting an end to the western extension?
Answer from the Mayor:
Following informal consultation with the public and businesses last year, I have made it clear
that I am minded to remove the Western Extension and have set out a timetable for formal
public and stakeholder consultation.

I am obliged to follow the procedures set out in the GLA Act which exist to ensure that my
decision on the matter is properly taken and neither made outside existing powers nor
without considering all potential impacts. I am also required to consider my broader
statutory obligations, and the need to develop wider measures to mitigate potential impacts
from the removal of the western extension.

Removing the Western Extension first requires amendment of the Transport Strategy
because the document currently specifies the presence of the scheme. The new Transport
Strategy will be the subject of full public and stakeholder consultation later this year.

Removing the Western Extension also requires amendment of the Congestion Charging
Scheme Order, which the GLA Act stipulates must also be subject to public and stakeholder
consultation. This Scheme Order consultation cannot take place until after the revised
Transport Strategy has been published and it is therefore unlikely to take place until early
2010.

These are clearly complex processes but I can assure you that I am committed to advancing
proposals to remove the Western Extension as expeditiously as possible.

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Dial-A-Ride: Customer Charter
Question No: 280 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Page 6 of Dial-A-Ride’s Customer Charter contains the phrase “investigate all complaints
where necessary”. What sort of complaints from service users do Dial-A-Ride think it
unnecessary to investigate?
Answer from the Mayor:
Dial-a-Ride investigates all complaints it receives. I agree that the phrase ‘investigate all
complaints where necessary’ is not appropriate and TfL will remove it next time it is updated.
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Dial-A-Ride: Customer Feedback And Complaints Policy [1]
Question No: 281 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Dial-A-Ride’s published policy defines a complaint as “any expression of dissatisfaction with
TfL’s service, staff or policies”. Service users complain that staff are categorising complaints
as “feedback” and not recording them in the complaints’ statistics. Can managers ensure that
all complaints (including those made at forum meetings) are properly recorded as such?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL state that all complaints received by Dial-a-Ride are logged and included in the relevant
statistics; including individual complaints made at the quarterly Local Area Panels.
Comments about Dial-a-Ride policy and other general matters are responded to as
appropriate either during the panel or as a follow up action. If this is not happening, I would
welcome any information you have which I can review and pass on to TfL.
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Dial-A-Ride: Customer Feedback And Complaints Policy [2]
Question No: 282 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Page 2 of Dial-A-Ride’s published policy states:
“We will make access to our customer services teams as easy as possible, whether by written
correspondence, e-mail, fax, telephone, web-form or other methods. We are committed to
making communication with us as easy as possible.” The reality is that service users ringing in
hear a recorded message telling them to ring back later with no facility for leaving messages.
Are you not in breach of the terms of your policy?
Answer from the Mayor:
When the telephone line to the Dial-a-Ride Customer Liaison Unit is busy or outside of office
hours, callers will hear a recorded message informing them of alternative TfL Customer
Services numbers they can telephone. This ensures the caller can connect as soon as possible
with an advisor to discuss their complaint. However, I will ask TfL to contact you to discuss
this matter in more depth.
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Bus travel by registered Dial-A-Ride service users
Question No: 283 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
It is reported that some Dial-A-Ride service users believe that if they use ordinary London

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buses Dial-A-Ride will withdraw their membership. DAR’s offer of escorting members on
London buses as a way of building up their confidence has been misinterpreted as a
preliminary to withdrawing their DAR service. Can you ensure that these misconceptions are
corrected?
Answer from the Mayor:
This would not affect a customers’ eligibility for Dial-a-Ride. TfL provide a ‘Travel
Assistance Scheme’ to enable disabled and elderly people to maximize their independent
travel opportunities. The literature publicising the scheme makes clear that the service can be
used in conjunction with the Dial-a-Ride service as a way of completing longer distance
journeys. TfL will look to resolve any misconceptions relating to this issue.
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Publicising JSA half-fare concession
Question No: 284 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
When will TfL’s current one-page colour advertising campaign in local newspapers catch up
with the Mayor’s announcement on 14 January that half price fares are now available to
Londoners on Jobseekers’ Allowance?
Answer from the Mayor:
The ad to which you refer was designed to promote the re-introduction this January of the
Bus & Tram discount scheme. Full page ads ran in local press and on tube and bus posters
during the first three weeks of January.

Whilst I did announce the extension to Job seekers in January, this does not actually come
into effect until April. A revised ad, will run on tube and bus posters and at Oyster Ticket
Stops from the end of March.

TfL is working closely with Jobcentre Plus, who have agreed to support the extension of the
scheme by issuing application forms to eligible JSA claimants during their 13 week
interview. This is a very effective means of reaching those eligible for the concession.
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Gritting at bus garages
Question No: 285 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Why cannot TfL carry out their own gritting operations as appropriate in the area outside bus
garages when extreme weather is forecast?
Answer from the Mayor:
On February 2 there was a heavy snowfall at a time when the snow became compacted, even
on gritted roads. Although all the gritting equipment available was used it did not create
circumstances in which buses could operate safely. The entire route to be taken by a bus must
be safe, so it is not simply an issue of gritting outside bus garages.

Buses started to operate again during late morning and by the end of the afternoon when
conditions improved there were roughly 1,700 buses in service. However, TfL will consider
whether it is appropriate for them to grit access routes to bus garages as part of its review of
what happened on February 2.
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US Embassy re congestion charge [1]
Question No: 286 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon

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Now that President Obama has taken office, will you approach the US Embassy again to ask
them to re-consider their refusal to pay the Congestion Charge on the vehicles they operate in
central London?




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Answer from the Mayor:
It is my hope that we will see a more cooperative approach from the United States Embassy.
TfL continues to work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to persuade all embassies
to meet their responsibilities and pay the Congestion Charge.

More than 70% of the diplomatic missions in the Capital do pay the Charge. TfL is actively
seeking a positive resolution of this issue for all missions not currently paying the Charge,
including the US.
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US Embassy re congestion charge [2]
Question No: 287 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What is the total sum now owed by the US Embassy in Congestion Charges since the scheme
was introduced in 2003?
Answer from the Mayor:
As of 4 February 2009, the total amount owed by the US Embassy for unpaid Congestion
Charges and Penalty Charge Notices was £2,941,500.

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Boroughs and Red Routes
Question No: 288 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
In the spirit of devolving more power appropriately to Borough Councils, will you consider
giving to boroughs more control of the decision making process in respect of TLRN Red
Routes, including hours of operation, parking bays, and restrictions on side roads, so that
decisions reflect local sensitivities and requirements?
Answer from the Mayor:
Red routes were introduced by the Government in 1992, in recognition of the need for a
strategic road network to provide for the efficient movement of people and goods in London.
They are designed to strike a balance between maintaining safe, efficient traffic operations for
all road users whilst meeting servicing requirements of adjoining premises. Red routes have
strategic importance to London since they represent only 5% of London’s roads but carry
around a third of London’s traffic. I am committed to simplification of hours, rather than a
proliferation of different times, which could be confusing to motorists.

TfL will be very pleased to work with boroughs to discuss concerns over Red Route controls
on the Red Route Network, to achieve a workable balance between the competing demands of
those who live, work and travel on the network.
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Pedestrian and cycling bridge: Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf
Question No: 289 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Although you have shelved the project to construct a pedestrian and cycling bridge between
Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf, which would increase the attractiveness of both modes in that
area and reduce congestion on the Jubilee Line, will you join Southwark Council in pressing
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Answer from the Mayor:
As you are aware I have now set out my priorities for transport in London through a ten-year
investment programme and one of the key elements of this is to lead a step change increase in
the numbers of people walking and cycling.

I will ask TfL and my officers to review the business case for this scheme.
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Lifts on the Jubilee Line
Question No: 290 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Please outline the planned timetable, if any, for installing lifts at all stations along the Jubilee
Line currently without lifts.
Answer from the Mayor:
Step free access between the street and the platform is currently available at 14 Jubilee line
stations (see below). This is more than half of all stations on the line and a greater proportion
than any other line.

The Transport for London 2009-2018 business plan includes step free access at three further
stations:

- Kingsbury, as part of London Underground’s (LU) target to provide step free access at 25
per cent of all Tube stations by 2010.
- Green Park, as part of LU’s agreement with the Olympic Delivery Authority on transport
services for the London Games.
- Bond Street, as part of the long-term re-development of the station which includes works
associated with the Crossrail project.

Jubilee line stations that currently have free access:
Bermondsey
Canada Water
Canary Wharf
Canning Town
Kilburn
London Bridge
North Greenwich
Southwark
Stanmore
Stratford
Waterloo
Wembley Park
West Ham
Westminster
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Signage to lifts at Underground stations
Question No: 291 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Passengers with heavy or bulky luggage need to use lifts at Underground stations. Where
these exist, they are not obvious, and signage is sometimes poor (for example, at King’s Cross
and Tottenham Hale). Could a review of signage for lifts at Tube stations be carried out and
improvements made?
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London Underground conducted a review of signage for disabled people three years ago. As a
result clearer pictograms relating to lifts are now used, including a wheelchair symbol, and a
pushchair symbol (white pictogram on blue circle). When new lifts are installed this new
signage is installed as part of the works, for example at Wood Lane, Golders Green, Acton
Town and Pinner.

Where the old-style signage is in place, it will be reviewed incrementally as stations undergo
modernisation or refurbishment and will be replaced where it is found to be inadequate.

King’s Cross signage is being updated with the forthcoming modernisation of the station
redevelopment. I have asked TfL to look at the signs regarding Tottenham Hale and they will
respond to you in due course.

463 bus service: Sunday operation
Question No: 292 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
A number of constituents have contacted their local MP Tom Brake to request that TfL
implement a Sunday service on the 463 route (Mitcham-Coulsdon). Can you ask TfL to look
into this possibility and indicate what level of demand would need to be established?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is currently undertaking a business case assessment of introducing a Sunday service on
the 463. When this is complete they will be happy to share with you their findings, and will
contact you accordingly.
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Security breaches at Tube depots [1]
Question No: 294 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
I asked British Transport Police in a recent Freedom of Information request to provide a
break down of the number of incidents in which security has been breached by intruders at
each London Underground depot where Tube trains are parked overnight for each year since
2000 to 2007. For trespass in 2006 their figure was zero. For burglary it was 1. Yet the
answer supplied to a Mayor’s Question 397/2007 stated “London Underground estimate that
there were 150 unauthorised entries to LU depots in 2006”. How do you and TfL account for
the discrepancy? Can you please provide a full set of figures since 2000?
Answer from the Mayor:
London Underground does not hold data on security breaches at depots. The source of data
for unauthorised entries at depots is British Transport Police data and is based on records of
graffiti vandalism provided by Metronet and Tube Lines.

The majority of graffiti vandalism takes place whilst trains are in service and often is not
discovered or reported until the train reaches the depot. Hence any estimate of unauthorised
entries at depots is no better than a rough approximation that has been extrapolated from
BTP graffiti and other incident data.

For this reason it is not possible to provide more accurate information, and as the BTP reply
implies, the answer to 397/2007 represents a high end of possible estimates.
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Security breaches at Tube depots [2]
Question No: 295 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Does London Underground report all unauthorised entries to LU depots to the British
Transport Police, and if not, why not?
Answer from the Mayor:
All unauthorised entries to depots are reported to the British Transport Police by the Infraco
operating the depot concerned. This is still the case for Tube Lines. Now that Metronet is
part of London Underground (LU), it is LU that reports incidents on its network.
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Harmonisation of rail and Tube fares
Question No: 296 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Can you guarantee that when Oyster PAYG is accepted by all national rail operators later this
year, no passenger using an Oyster Card on the overground network (including TfL’s London
Overground) will pay more than if they had made the same journey on the Underground
network?
Answer from the Mayor:
I share the aspiration of the question for a single unified PAYG scale right across London,
with all fares being set by the Mayor.

Currently fares on National Rail services in London are set by the Train Operators within the
framework of the franchises they hold from the Department for Transport.

In line with this, it has been agreed with the Operators and the DfT that PAYG fares on
National Rail will be set by the London Train Operators on a uniform zonal basis.

Prices will be no more than for National Rail standard singles and returns, but may not be
identical to those on the Underground.
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Thames Estuary airport proposal [1]
Question No: 297 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
How many hours of GLA and TfL staff time have been spent in work on your proposal for an
airport in the Thames Estuary? Please break down by organisation.
Answer from the Mayor:
Detailed records of the kind that would be needed to provide a complete response to this
question (which would require an arrangement for charging staff time to particular projects)
are not kept across the GLA Group. However, an estimate of the time dedicated by GLA staff
has recently been made in response to a Freedom of Information Act request:

The work carried out to date consists of a desktop study that was undertaken in-house for the
Mayor and was prepared by GLA officers and managers who spent approximately 25.0 days
on the study all told.

TfL contributed to this desk top study approximately 1.5 days all told from several members
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The Mayor announced on 11 November 2008 that he has asked the distinguished engineer
and Executive Chair of Crossrail Doug Oakervee to lead a preliminary feasibility study of a
new airport in the Thames Estuary, which he is carrying out in his own time.
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Thames Estuary airport proposal [2]
Question No: 298 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What is the total cost to date of London’s Council taxpayers’ money spent in work on your
proposal for an airport in the Thames Estuary?
Answer from the Mayor:
Doug Oakervee has been contracted to undertake the work. Final costs will be available when
this has been completed. I would be happy to share this with you then.


Thames Estuary airport proposal [3]
Question No: 299 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Has work on your proposal for an airport in the Thames Estuary included establishing the
possibility of private sector funding for the project and has any consortium been identified as
being interested in undertaking development or construction?
Answer from the Mayor:
This information will be available once Doug Oakervee completes his report; expected around
the end of March.
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Thames Estuary airport proposal [4]
Question No: 300 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Have you had discussions with BATA (the British Air Transport Association, whose members
include British Airways and Virgin Atlantic) to your proposal for an airport in the Thames
Estuary, and if not, how do you propose to overcome the objections they voiced in November
2008?
Answer from the Mayor:
This information will be available once Doug Oakervee completes his report; expected around
the end of March.
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Thames Estuary airport proposal [5]
Question No: 301 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Has TfL started work on scoping the public transport investment needed to support your
Thames Estuary airport?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has provided initial input to the GLA with regards to surface access provision for a new
airport in the Thames Estuary. This has highlighted some potential areas to cover in work
associated with serving a new airport.

I have commissioned Doug Oakervee to undertake an initial feasibility study for a new airport
in the Thames Estuary. This will look at the engineering feasibility as well as the impacts of

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the airport including the implications for surface access. The latter is likely to consider the
need for a spur to the High Speed 1 railway, the adequacy of interchange at St. Pancras with
Crossrail and onward links to any future high speed links to Heathrow and/or the north of
England and will involve collaborations with London Rail and TfL Planning.
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Drink driving figures
Question No: 302 / 2009
Dee Doocey
Can you please provide the total number of arrests for drink driving for the following calendar
years, broken down by borough, and showing number of arrests, charges and convictions:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008?
Answer from the Mayor:
Drink/Drive Arrests by Borough, for Calendar Years 2004 - 2008

Data encompasses all records where the first reason for arrest is listed as Positive Breath
Test, Refused Breath Test, or Section 4 Unfit.
                                    Calendar Year
          Borough                    2004      2005        2006      2007      2008
          Barking & Dagenham          496       425         381       408       366
          Barnet                      515       631         679       714       604
          Bexley                      379       313         377       415       426
          Brent                       746       731         762       982       794
          Bromley                     558       554         443       550       476
          Camden                      475       455         473       463       376
          Croydon                     727       652         677       603       556
          Ealing                      868       785         867       836       801
          Enfield                     486       426         437       472       462
          Greenwich                   539       515         559       401       416
          Hackney                     504       544         586       500       342
          Hammersmith & Fulham        626       445         376       380       345
          Haringey                    831       886         834       645       541
          Harrow                      483       453         442       343       290
          Havering                    510       412         464       444       475
          Heathrow                     74        68         82         75        98
          Hillingdon                  659       635         642       581       502
          Hounslow                    605       626         637       679       666
          Islington                   576       525         463       496       357
          Kensington & Chelsea        382       396         432       329       350
          Kingston Upon Thames        426       403         451       396       413
          Lambeth                     954       792         758       659       563
          Lewisham                    715       713         725       552       507
          Merton                      447       374         427       373       315
          Newham                      873       815         813       641       620
          Redbridge                   565       493         581       631       640
          Richmond Upon Thames        431       333         355       315       242
          Southwark                   687       888         833       792       824
          Sutton                      411       373         458       377       348
          Tower Hamlets               490       588         647       499       465
          Waltham Forest              454       443         436       369       371
          Wandsworth                  571       519         468       377       301
          Westminster                1069      1008        1043       978       922
          Grand Total               19132     18219       18608     17275     15774




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Drink/Drive Charges by Borough, for Calendar Years 2004-2008

Data encompasses all records where the first reason for arrest is listed as Positive Breath
Test, Refused Breath Test, or Section 4 Unfit, and the most serious disposal issued for that
record is a charge.

Please Note: Due to a change in the way disposals were counted in April 2008, data previous
to this is not directly comparable with current counting methods.
                           Calendar Year
Borough                    2004     2005     2006     2007     2008 (to       2008 (April -
                                                               March 08)       December)
Barking & Dagenham         365      331      300      301         80              194
Barnet                     377      417      456      484        102              336
Bexley                     279      234      282      287         74              243
Brent                      498      513      554      695        148              397
Bromley                    438      423      313      368        100              247
Camden                     329      306      283      272         64              176
Croydon                    500      494      496      436        107              304
Ealing                     634      560      577      583        139              460
Enfield                    350      331      330      344         90              269
Greenwich                  404      405      421      277         84              232
Hackney                    333      362      420      340         65              184
Hammersmith & Fulham       392      297      243      255         62              188
Haringey                   574      596      585      404        112              300
Harrow                     326      309      323      249         56              160
Havering                   362      307      332      306         93              230
Heathrow                    46       40       66       55         12               50
Hillingdon                 459      460      479      424        101              261
Hounslow                   426      457      470      474        137              343
Islington                  383      357      312      319         84              150
Kensington & Chelsea       248      279      289      227         54              185
Kingston Upon Thames       307      289      311      281         89              229
Lambeth                    673      547      501      429        115              305
Lewisham                   513      519      532      404         95              259
Merton                     324      291      317      281         45              199
Newham                     640      622      587      484        112              358
Redbridge                  435      346      450      465        119              345
Richmond Upon Thames       292      248      247      202         38              133
Southwark                  468      656      538      529        129              358
Sutton                     311      295      342      281         58              201
Tower Hamlets              344      410      434      340         85              226
Waltham Forest             324      320      325      261         61              209
Wandsworth                 389      357      324      272         60              173
Westminster                641      637      650      606        101              418
Grand Total               13384    13015    13089    11935      2871             8322

Please note: MPS cannot provide information on conviction data at this time. The format of
the data is not appropriate for this information to be extracted without a large amount of time
and effort.
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Police drink driving
Question No: 303 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How many arrests, charges and convictions were there for drink driving in the calendar years
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, where the offender was:

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An MPS Officer
A PCSO
An MPS Staff Member
Answer from the Mayor:
a. MPS officers arrested/charged for ‘drink drive’

2003/2004 = 22
2004/2005 = 16
2005/2006 = 21
2006/2007 = 12
2007/2008 = 16
*2008/2009 (part) = 12

*2008/2009 (part) = 01 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

b. MPS Officers arrested/charged for “Drunk in charge of a motor vehicle”

2003/2004 = 0
2004/2005 = 0
2005/2006 = 2
2007/2008 = 1
*2008/2009 (part) = 0

*2008/2009 = 01 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

c. MPS officers convicted for ‘drink drive’

2003/2004 = 14
2004/2005 = 18
2005/2006 = 15
2006/2007 = 12
2007/2008 = 6
*2008/2009 (part) = 3

*2008/2009 (part) = 01 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

d. MPS officers convicted of being “drunk in charge of a motor vehicle”

2003/2004 = 0
2004/2005 = 0
2005/2006 = 0
2006/2007 = 2
2007/2008 = 0
*2008/2009(part) = 0

*2008/2009 (part) = 01 April 2008 to 31 January 2009

e. PCSOs convicted of ‘drink drive’

2003/2004 = 0
2004/2005 = 0
2005/2006 = 1
2006/2007 = 0
2007/2008 = 7

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*2008/2009 (part)= 4

*2008/2009(part) = 01 April 2008 to 18 February 2009

f. MPS Staff (excluding PCSOs) convicted of ‘drink drive’

2003/2004 = 3
2004/2005 = 1
2005/2006 = 5
2006/2007 = 5
2007/2008 = 4
*2008/2009 (part) = 4

*2008/2009 (part) = 01 April 2008 to 18 February 2009

The MPS professional standards database (Tribune) makes no distinction between arrested
and charged. We are unable to provide details of PCSOs or police staff arrested or charged
with drink drive, it is only upon conviction that such matters are recorded.
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Summer/Winter of Sport
Question No: 304 / 2009
Dee Doocey
For each of the following LDA programmes can you please provide a breakdown showing the
number of disabled people that participated and the number of able-bodied people that
participated:
Summer of Sport 2006
Summer of Sport 2007
Winter of Sport 2007/8
Summer of Sport 2008
Winter of Sport 2008/9
Answer from the Mayor:
Summer of Sport 2006 – In 2006 approx 50,000 participants took part in the programme and
very little data is available for disability analysis meaning worthwhile conclusions may be
difficult to reach. 36% of events catered for disability whilst there was one event that was
specifically for disabled people.

Summer of Sport 2007 – The total number of participants in 2007 was 77,126 and the total
number of disabled was 788. 51% of the events had disabled participants.

It is important to note that Summer of Sport 2006 and 2007 were GLA (not LDA) run
programmes, and unlike the LDA run programmes, the participant figures above include
those in co-branded events such as London Freewheel.

Winter of Sport 2007/8 - The total number of participants for this programme was 2,872. Of
these participants 44% (1,277) were disabled people. The programme supported 24 events
that specifically targeted disabled people.

Summer of Sport 2008 - The total number of participants for this programme was 8,404. Of
these participants 26% (2,174) were disabled people and more than half of these received six
hours or more of sports coaching. The LDA have worked with the London Sports Forum for

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Disabled People this year to promote the initiative to disability organisations and encourage
inclusive sports participation opportunities at all funded events. This has been successful, as
the programme has over-achieved on its 10% target.

Winter of Sport 2008/9 – this programme is currently being delivered and monitoring data
will not be available until the end of April 2009.
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Remote access to GLA IT systems
Question No: 305 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How many remote access licenses exist for the City Hall computer network, and therefore
how many people can logon from home at any one time? What systems are in place to ensure
that if a large number of staff are not able to come to work (e.g. because of snow) they will be
able to work successfully from home?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Technology Group within the Resources Directorate offers remote access for all staff at
the GLA. At anytime we maintain 370 possible connections via the internet to IT services at
City Hall from anywhere in the world.

The Technology Group constantly monitors the number of connections in use and, during
periods of high demand, have in place an ‘In Case of Emergency (ICE)’ service. This service
enables us to increases our number of possible connections from 370 to up to 1000.

Mayoral Direction
Question No: 306 / 2009
Dee Doocey
Why was it necessary to issue a Mayoral direction to the LDA regarding funding for the
Legacy Plan for Sport?
Answer from the Mayor:
This direction to the LDA to help fund Olympic Sports legacy programmes provides
transparency and clarity as to the resources required to meet London’s Olympic legacy
obligations. I made clear following the Beijing Olympics that significant resources would be
needed for this purpose; and I believe the approach we are taking of seeking match funding is
the right way to maximise the value for money obtained. The use of a direction will help
secure this match funding by giving certainty to potential funding partners.

I believe sport can make a significant contribution to developing intellectual maturity and
growth, leadership, teamwork and other qualities that increase people’s employability .So this
allocation of a small proportion – around 1% - of LDA resources to encourage grassroots
sports participation fits very well with the LDA’s focus on jobs, skills and growth.

I am absolutely committed to helping London through the economic downturn. Through my
Economic Recovery Plan I have ensured a re-focus of the LDA’s resources across the piece to
address this urgent priority and ensure early help is given to Londoners and London’s
businesses. However, it would be wrong to cut all funding for longer term development and,
in particular, to renege on London’s commitment to improve grass roots sports participation
and the opportunity to maximise this aspect of the benefits from our huge Olympics
investment. We must continue to ensure London is well placed for the medium and longer
term as well as addressing the serious immediate problems arising from the downturn.

As Mayor, it is my responsibility to set the overall policy direction for the LDA, and I have
done so on this matter in a clear and transparent way.

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Borough Commanders
Question No: 307 / 2009
Dee Doocey
For each borough can you tell me how long the current MPS Borough Commander has been
in post, and how long each of the two previous Borough Commanders were in post?
Answer from the Mayor:
The table attached as Appendix A details the information requested.

Data for short-term cover provided by acting superintendents has not been included, which is
why there are small gaps in dates. Where there are overlaps in dates, this is where a borough
commander is for example retiring but has leave to take and the next post holder goes in
before the actual retirement date.
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London Fashion Week
Question No: 308 / 2009
Dee Doocey
18 months after the Model Health Inquiry report recommended that health certificates be
introduced for models at London Fashion Week, the British Fashion Council has done
nothing to implement this. Why have you not instructed the LDA to cease funding London
Fashion Week?
Answer from the Mayor:
I refer to your previous answer [MQ1705/2008]. There remains no intention to terminate
the grant agreement The LDA’s agreement with the British Fashion Council allows us
continued constructive engagement with the fashion industry on this issue and, importantly,
supports the growth of this industry and its valuable contribution to London’s economy.

Following the completion of the Model Health Inquiry, a Model Health Action Plan was
drawn up and formed part of the grant agreement between the LDA and the BFC. This
required that the BFC undertake a feasibility study and pilot of model health certificates,
which concluded that model health certificates in their proposed form should not be
implemented for both practical reasons and issues of principle. The evidence presented
suggests that Model Health Certificates would not protect models' health and could endanger
those most at risk, a conclusion which is accepted by the LDA.
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Eating disorders
Question No: 309 / 2009
Dee Doocey
You have stated that you are “not convinced” that there is any link between ‘skinny models’
and the increase in eating disorders amongst impressionable young girls. Will you agree to
fund some academic research into this?
Answer from the Mayor:
I understand there has already been substantial academic work undertaken in this area, and I
do not propose to use finite GLA resources to duplicate these efforts.
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Government funding of childcare
Question No: 310 / 2009
Dee Doocey
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The Government is increasing the amount of ‘free’ childcare available to 3 and 4 year olds
from 12.5 hours per week to 15 hours per week. Many small independent nurseries who
provide excellent facilities, believe they will no longer be able to survive, as the government’s
contribution for this ‘free’ childcare does not even come close to covering their costs. What
are you doing to support these businesses?
Answer from the Mayor:
Access to good quality and affordable childcare is both a critical barrier to work for parents
and central to children’s development and tackling child poverty.

Local authorities have a duty to secure sufficient early years provision under the 2006 Code of
Practice. From September 2010 they must offer 15 hours of free early education to all 3 & 4
year olds over a minimum of 38 weeks. As a step towards that, from September 2009 local
authorities will be required to make the offer available to 25% of their most disadvantaged 3 &
4 year olds. Additional funding for this will come through the DCSF Standards Fund, with
extra capital available too.

However, the LDA has, jointly with the DSCF, invested £36m over the last 3 years in its
Childcare Affordability Programme (CAP). This is currently supporting over 8,000 parents to
find and stay in work. We are currently developing the next phase of CAP, which will test
new and innovative ways of supporting Local Authorities and providers to offer the flexible
and affordable childcare that London’s parents and children need.

I will ensure that the impact of this programme is effectively monitored and that is supports
the best provision as shown by demand from parents and that the LDA’s Youth and Childcare
team monitor the concerns regarding the early education grant funding.
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Complaints against police officers
Question No: 311 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How many complaints on the grounds of 1) sexual harassment (Sexual Assault, Oppressive
Conduct or Other Sexual Conduct), 2) racial discrimination, 3) sexual discrimination, and 4)
corruption have been lodged against MPS police officers in each of the following years:
2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/7 and 2007/8?
Answer from the Mayor:
The figures provided in response to each question represent each allegation made by the
complainant. It should be noted that on average only 2 percent of public complaints made are,
following investigation, found to be substantiated. This has consistently been the case from
financial year 2004/05. Therefore the number of officers actually complained about will be
less as many complainants will cover more than one area of concern.

1. The number of complaints of sexual harassment recorded against MPS police officers
(Sexual Assault, Oppressive Conduct or Other Sexual Conduct)?

2003/2004 = 17
2004/2005 = 14
2005/2006 = 21
2006/2007 = 37
2007/2008 = 32

2. The number of complaints of racial discrimination recorded against MPS police officers?

2003/2004 = 236
2004/2005 = 306

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2005/2006 = 315
2006/2007 = 331
2007/2008 = 343

3. The number of complaints of sexual discrimination on the basis of gender recorded against
MPS police officers?

2003/2004 = 0
2004/2005 = 4
2005/2006 = 4
2006/2007 = 6
2007/2008 = 8

4. The number of complaints of corruption recorded against MPS police officers?

2003/2004 = 15
2004/2005 = 31
2005/2006 = 32
2006/2007 = 69
2007/2008 = 62

Police officer retirement
Question No: 312 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How many police officers are expected to retire in each of the following years, broken down by
OCU: 2008/9, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13?
Answer from the Mayor:
The chart (attached as Appendix B) sets out the requested information showing eligibility for
retirement in the relevant years.
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Visit London overseas promotions
Question No: 313 / 2009
Dee Doocey
Within Visit London’s overseas promotions, what percentage of coverage is devoted to outer
London, and can you list which Boroughs are promoted?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to provide a breakdown in the format requested for this or your two related
questions (MQs 314 and 315).

Boroughs are generally promoted collectively through Visit London's domestic and
international work.

Visit London has produced a guide called "We've got London Covered" which gave
illustrations of the ways in which every London borough was promoted in Visit London
activity for the financial year 2007/08.

Visit London also employs a Sub-Regional Marketing Manager specifically to work with all
boroughs to ensure representation in Visit London promotions and act as a single point of
contact.
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Visit London’s domestic promotions
Question No: 314 / 2009
Dee Doocey
Within Visit London’s domestic promotions, what percentage of coverage is devoted to outer
London, and can you list which Boroughs are promoted?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to provide a breakdown in the format requested.

I refer to my answer to (MQ 313)
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Visit London budget
Question No: 315 / 2009
Dee Doocey
What percentage of Visit London’s budget for each of these years was used to promote outer
London: 2003/4, 2004/5, 2005/6, 2006/7, 2007/8, 2008/9?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to provide a breakdown in the format requested.

I refer to my answer to (MQ 313).
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Olympic Inspire Mark
Question No: 317 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How many applications have been made by organisations across London to use the ‘Inspire’
mark, broken down by borough, and stating whether they are a local authority, private
company, or charitable organisation?
Answer from the Mayor:
There have been a total of 26 Borough-based Inspire Mark applications to date. In addition, 9
applications have been received for pan-London or pan-UK (including London) projects. The
number of applications received per Borough is below.

These projects represent the initial pilot phase of LOCOG’s Inspire Programme, which has
focused on cultural projects. LOCOG expects the numbers to increase markedly over 2009.

LOCOG does not ask organisations to specify whether they are from the public, private or
voluntary sector.
Table 1
Borough                  No. of Applications
Camden                   3
City of Westminster      5
Ealing                   1
Enfield                  1
Greenwich                2
All Host Boroughs        1
Hackney                  4
Havering                 1
Hounslow                 1
Kensington and Chelsea   1

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Lambeth                 1
Newham                  1
Redbridge               1
Southwark               1
Tower Hamlets           2
Total                   26

Table 2
Organisation                          Borough
Museums, Libraries and Archives CouncilCamden
Museums, Libraries and Archives CouncilCamden

Shape                                 Camden
Barbican centre                       City of Westminster
London Symphony Orchestra Ltd         City of Westminster
NEW LONDON ORCHESTRA                  City of Westminster
LIMITED
Royal Opera House                     City of Westminster
Royal Opera House                     City of Westminster

West London Alliance                  Ealing
Enfield Council                       Enfield

Greenwich Theatre                     Greenwich
Hackney Museum & Hackney Archives     Greenwich

Five Host Boroughs                    Greenwich, Hackney, Newham,
                                      Tower Hamlets and Waltham
                                      Forest
Hackney Council                       Hackney
Kinetica Museum Ltd                   Hackney
Mazorca Projects Ltd trading as Hidden Hackney
Art
SPACE                                  Hackney
London Borough of Havering            Havering
The Hounslow Arts Trust Ltd           Hounslow

Royal Borough of Kensington and       Kensington and Chelsea
Chelsea
Opera Group                           Lambeth
Discover                              Newham
Redbridge Carnival Association        Redbridge

London Borough of Southwark           Southwark

Grand union                           Tower Hamlets


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Kinetika                                   Tower Hamlets



Public awareness campaigns
Question No: 318 / 2009
Dee Doocey
How much has been spent by the MPS on public awareness campaigns about burglary across
London, broken down by borough, in the year 2007/8? Can you also provide this information
by ward/SNT if readily available.
Answer from the Mayor:
For 2007/8, the MPS spent £158k in total on a pan-London burglary prevention publicity
campaign. As this campaign was London-wide, the MPS is unable to provide an expenditure
breakdown by borough or ward/SNT.
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S106 contributions towards Crossrail
Question No: 319 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
The Mayor’s Report (15 January-11 February 2009) stated that you “would continue to seek
financial contributions towards Crossrail…in accordance with the draft London Plan
alterations and supplementary planning guidance which have recently been subject to
consultation”. So far this consultation has only been open to the London Assembly and
Functional Bodies. Is it right to be obtaining money when the public consultation and EIP
have not yet been undertaken?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes.

I have received approximately 30 responses on the Crossrail consultation, principally from
boroughs and developers, not just the Assembly & Functional Bodies. So consultation has
been wider than you suggest.

Once an alteration has been issued, it becomes a material consideration that I am entitled to
take into account in determining planning applications. As the proposed alteration undergoes
further consultation and moves closer to adoption I am entitled to place greater weight on it
in my decision-making.

It would be for the courts to decide if I had erred in my judgement and placed too much
weight on this policy.
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Housing targets
Question No: 320 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Would you agree that your announcement of “37,000 new affordable homes for London” on 9
February was premature given that only 14 London boroughs had provisionally agreed a
total of 16,750 sites at that time, and that most of those have not had the necessary funding
agreed?
Answer from the Mayor:
The figure of 37,000 affordable homes is the minimum I expect boroughs to be able to provide
based on the discussions held so far. I expect the total to rise further before negotiations are

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concluded.
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Housing targets (2)
Question No: 321 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
How many boroughs have cited the need for increased transport investment from TfL, or for
TfL to show a more constructive approach to local transport improvements, as a factor in
their not being able to agree to your housing targets?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have taken the decision not to reveal the detail of my discussions with boroughs, particularly
as some of these negotiations are still ongoing.

Some boroughs have raised issues about infrastructure funding. But so far where the need for
improved transport provision has been cited these relate to long-term investments that will
not affect the 2008-11 delivery target.
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Call for Sites
Question No: 322 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Further to my previous question [0080/2009], have Transport for London now completed
their assessment of the sites they own? If not, when do you expect them to? If so, how much
land can they release for housing and in what timescale?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL’s property development strategy aims to maximise the use and value of existing and
future assets, including operational land as a constituent part of its published business plan.
TfL is presently working with the London Development Agency and the GLA’s Development
and Environment Directorate with the aim of producing a comprehensive review of all land
owned by the GLA’s functional bodies. This work is ongoing and is subject to commercial
sensitivity.

With these factors in mind it is not practicable to outline what land is available and when for
pure housing needs.
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Empty Homes
Question No: 323 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
What steps will be taken in the short term to bring the 82,000 vacant homes in London, of
which more than 28,000 have been empty for more than six months, back in to use?
Answer from the Mayor:
I will make £60 million available in 2008-11 for bringing empty homes back into use, and
have made clear that successful bidders must take action to tackle long term empty properties
as well as those that have been empty for shorter periods. Bids have been received for these
resources and I have made recommendations on them to the Secretary of State and hope to be
able to announce the funding allocations shortly. The GLA is also working with boroughs to
undertake an audit of empty properties so that resources can be more effectively targeted.




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Targeted Funding Stream
Question No: 324 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
When can boroughs and others who applied to the Targeted Funding Stream for funding to
tackle long-term empty homes, and other programmes to address some of the most pressing
housing issues in London, expect to hear the outcome of their applications, given that these
were expected in November?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am hopeful that the Minister for Housing and Planning will make an announcement by the
end of this month.

The timetable for announcing these allocations was amended to February 2009 following the
Autumn 2008 Cabinet reshuffle, and all the bidders were advised accordingly.
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Fares calculator
Question No: 325 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Your reply to my previous question [0030/2009] stated that “developing a general fares
calculator would be complicated”. It is precisely because of the complexity of the current fares
structure that Londoners need further help. Will you request that TfL put on their website a
basic, interim, online tool to let people check discounts and concessions they may be eligible
for whilst a more complete calculator for fares is developed?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL are currently prioritising work to redesign their website, to recognise the extension of
Oyster PAYG to Rail services in London.

This will remove many current complexities, for example between a One Day Travelcard and
a One Day PAYG Cap. In addition, the Oyster system automatically charges the lowest fare
available.

This is on target for late 2009.
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Fares discounts
Question No: 326 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
The TfL guide to fares from January 2009 states that “some National Rail Railcards can get
discount Off-Peak daily price capping and Day Travelcards” but further details are only
available online. Can you provide details of how many of the following Railcards have been
loaded onto Oyster cards, and an estimate of how many holders of each of these National Rail
Railcards there are in London:
Disabled Persons
HM Forces
Senior
16-25 (Young Persons)
Answer from the Mayor:
The Railcard schemes are operated by National Rail and the holders will generally be
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TfL introduced a range of Oyster discounts on the buses and the Tube for Railcard holders in
January 2008 as a gesture of goodwill towards the Operators, to promote the extension of
PAYG to National Rail.

This scheme is likely to be developed and promoted more extensively once PAYG on National
Rail has been launched.

To date some 33 thousand Oyster cards have had Railcard discounts loaded.

TfL does not hold residence details for holders of Railcards or details of the Railcards held by
applicants for the Oyster discounts.
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London Waste & Recycling Board chairing
Question No: 327 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
How much did your non-appearance at the London Waste and Recycling Board on 12
February 2009 cost in terms of legal fees and any other costs?
Answer from the Mayor:
There was no financial implication from my non-appearance at the Board meeting of 12
February 2009. Rather than approving the papers at the Board meeting, items were discussed
and recommended for approval under the Board's Urgency Procedure and formal approval
was given yesterday. The Chief Operating Officer has been charged to review the Board's
Standing Orders and this has and will require certain legal fees to be incurred.
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London Overground upgrade (1)
Question No: 328 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Have you included in the design specification for the upgrade of 44 overground stations,
whose tender was published by London Overground on February 5, provision for waste
recycling facilities?
Answer from the Mayor:
The design specification for the upgrade of the Overground stations does not include the
requirement for re-cycling provision because there are plans to introduce recycling facilities
under a separate contract. The provision of recycling facilities on London Overground
stations is currently being assessed by LOROL, the operator of the services. Recycling
facilities for paper are planned to be installed at all stations where there is sufficient space, and
where permitted by security regulations, by May 2009. Beyond this LOROL will also
investigate the feasibility of installing recycling facilities for other materials, such as plastics,
at Overground stations.

London Overground upgrade (2)
Question No: 329 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
Have you included in the design specification for the upgrade of 44 overground stations,
whose tender was published by London Overground on February 5, provision for step-free
access where possible?
Answer from the Mayor:




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The design specifications for the upgrade of the Overground stations does not include the
requirement for major step free access, i.e. lifts. However, any new facilities will be fully DDA
compliant.

The DfT’s Access for All programme, the Stratford station upgrade and TfL’s East London
Line investment will make 13 existing stations on the Overground network step-free by 2015,
and create 5 new step-free stations. The net effect will be that the proportion of step-free
stations on the Overground network will rise from 29% currently to 62% by 2015.

In addition, the upgrade will address any step free access issues that can be solved without
resorting to large scale works such as the provision of lifts. i.e. providing ramps as an
alternative to a small number of steps.
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LEZ Phase 3
Question No: 331 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Can you provide estimates of the improvement in PM10 emissions that can be expected from
the following measures by 2010 and 2012:
Introducing 56 hybrid buses to the London fleet by the end of February 2009; 300 new hybrid
buses will join the fleet by March 2011, all new buses entering service in London being
hybrids from 2012.
Delivering eight hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses in 2010.
Funding of £1m to trial low carbon technology in London’s taxi fleet.
Introduction of a fuel efficient driving campaign aimed at both taxi and private hire drivers.
Smoothing traffic flow.
Introducing schemes to encourage motorists to leave their car at home and use more
sustainable methods of transport (include the introduction a bike hire scheme to London).
Establishing an Electric Vehicle Partnership to support greater uptake of electric vehicles.
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL’s existing programme of measures to reduce vehicle emissions – including the first two
phases of the Low Emission Zone, Congestion Charging, the Taxi Emissions Strategy, the
natural vehicle replacement cycle, and the London bus retrofit programme – is expected to
reduce PM10 emissions by some 425 tonnes in London. This represents a 25% reduction in
PM10 emissions by 2010 compared to 2004.

Other schemes in TfL’s business plan are being assessed in more detail. At this stage it is
anticipated that these could deliver a further reduction of 50 tonnes of PM10 by 2011 - though
a more detailed estimate is being carried out and will be contained the information
accompanying the public consultation on LEZ Phase 3.

I recently met with Lord Hunt to discuss Air Quality issues, and agreed that the GLA and
Defra will now work jointly on a package of measures to address PM10 emissions in London.
The range of measure you outline will be an important part of this package to improve air
quality in London.
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Hybrid Buses
Question No: 332 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Could you clarify how many of London’s buses will be hybrid in 2012 and how many will be
diesel?
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Answer from the Mayor:
I expect at least 10 per cent of the London bus fleet to be operated by buses with hybrid
engines by 2012. However, from this date all new buses used in London will be hybrid.
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Air Quality (2)
Question No: 333 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Can you confirm that the ODA are currently fully complying with the London Best Practice
Guidance regarding the control of dust and emissions from construction and demolition, and
detail what monitoring is being undertaken and whether this monitoring is made available to
the public?
Answer from the Mayor:
The ODA believes in adopting environmental best practice across the construction
programme and has made a commitment in its Sustainable Development Strategy to follow
the London Best Practice Guidance. As a result, it is implementing a number of measures
across the site to control dust and emissions from its activities in accordance with the
guidance. These measures include:
       Hard surfacing and effective cleaning of haul routes and appropriate speed limits
        around site;
       Effective vehicle cleaning and specific fixed wheel washing on leaving site and
        damping down of haul routes;
       Spray systems around high risk activities such as concrete crushers;
       On-road vehicles to comply with agreed emission standards;
       Implementing a pilot scheme on the Park to test the performance of non road mobile
        machinery (NRMM) to meet the London Best Practice Guidance requirements.

In addition to these mitigation measures, the ODA is pro-actively monitoring air quality
across the Olympic Park. Results from this monitoring are shared with Environmental
Health Officers on a monthly basis and a summary is posted on the London 2012 website.
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London Underground newspaper distribution contract
Question No: 334 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
What measures to improve recycling rates will you include in the tender for the contract to
distribute newspapers on the tube network?
Answer from the Mayor:
The tender for newspaper distribution on the Tube network will be in line with TfL’s
responsible procurement policy which promotes greater environmental sustainability. The
tender for the contract is likely to be announced in April this year. London Underground is
unable to release specific details of criteria as that would compromise the competitiveness of
the tender.

In the meantime, LU is working with the current contractor, Metro, on an exercise to trial
newspaper recycling bins at six stations. This trial will assess the effectiveness of the bins in
improving recycling rates. LU will review results in April.

Mayor’s fund
Question No: 335 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
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When can we expect you to launch the Mayor’s fund and further to MD 197 when will it be
“fully operational”?




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Answer from the Mayor:
The Mayor's Fund will launch in the next months. When it is launched there will be an
explanation of the development of the Fund to date and the intended plan going forward. The
Trustees of the Fund (as it is an independent charity) agreed their Action Plan just before
Christmas.
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DEFRA Consultation
Question No: 336 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
What response will you be making to the DEFRA’s “Consultation on the draft UK
notification to the European Commission to secure additional time to meet the limit values for
particulate matter for certain zones/agglomerations in accordance with the Council Directive
2008/50/EC on Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe”, given your responsibilities
under section 362 of the GLA Act 1999, and the fact that DEFRA’s “baseline” for the
prediction of future air quality included the effects of The London Congestion Charge and
Low Emission Zone?
Answer from the Mayor:
I met with Lord Hunt on 22 January 2009 to discuss Air Quality, in particular PM10
exceedences.

We agreed that Defra and GLA officials would work together over the coming months to look
at potential measures that could be taken at the local, regional and national level to further
reduce PM10 emissions in London.

As part of that process, officers are working with Defra to update the baseline.
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Air Quality (3)
Question No: 337 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
Given that London breaches national and European limit values for particulates (PM10) and
currently seems certain to do so for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from 2010, as well as being over
World Health Organisation air quality guidelines; will you consider best practices and other
lessons learned from the many existing and planned low emission zones across Europe when
you weigh up the merits of one or more additional inner low emission zones in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
I believe that by 2012 real improvements can be made in terms of cutting pollution through a
variety of measures. I recently met with Lord Hunt to discuss Air Quality issues, and agreed
that the GLA and Defra will now work jointly on a package of measures, both national and
regional, which will address PM10 emissions in London.

In addition, Transport for London is delivering a range of initiatives focused on improving air
quality. These include the introduction of further hybrid buses to the London fleet, delivering
eight hydrogen buses, funding a trial of low carbon technology in London’s taxi fleet,
smoothing traffic flow, and establishing an Electric Vehicle Partnership to support greater
uptake of electric vehicles.

These and other measures are informed by best practice and lessons learned from air quality
policy across Europe. If a need for further action becomes apparent then I will review the
options again.

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Interest rate cuts
Question No: 338 / 2009
Mike Tuffrey
The Local Government Association recently stated that the recent cuts in interest rates could
cost local authorities across the UK in excess of £100m in lost income. Given the impact that
this will have on boroughs in London, which are already struggling to balance budgets
following a poor three-year grant settlement, will you write to the Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government urging her to consider a one-off grant to help London
local authorities to absorb this loss of income?
Answer from the Mayor:
The recent cuts in interest rates have had an adverse effect on the interest receipts of local
authorities, however, they will have taken this into account when planning and considering
their budgets for the coming year. Local authorities also borrow money for capital
expenditure and there is likely to be a beneficial impact from the lower cost of borrowing on
capital financing costs.


Extending the Bakerloo line
Question No: 339 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
The recently completed extension of the DLR to Woolwich Arsenal followed a study
commissioned by DLR Ltd to look at what extensions to the DLR would be viable. Given this
successful outcome, will you commission a review of the Bakerloo Line – the only line in
London with capacity – to look at the viability of an extension beyond Elephant and Castle,
tunnelling south?
Answer from the Mayor:
Preliminary work to look at the feasibility of extending the Bakerloo line south from Elephant
& Castle has been undertaken. However, much more detailed analysis would need to be
carried out before any firm proposals could be developed and this would require significant
additional funding to that currently available.


Millwall FC
Question No: 340 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
What meetings have you, your advisor on transport or TfL officers had with Millwall FC
about the East London Line phase 2 extension?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL London Rail have not had any meetings with Millwall FC in relation to ELLX Phase 2b.
They have however recently approached Millwall FC to obtain a better understanding of the
case for Surrey Canal Road station.
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Additional transport capacity in Canada Water
Question No: 341 / 2009
Caroline Pidgeon
The London borough of Southwark is currently consulting on an area action plan for Canada
Water and plans to construct a significant number of new homes in the area, which already
suffers from road congestion and lack of capacity on local bus services. Will you direct TfL to
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need, rather than dealing with it on a reactive basis?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL aims to work closely with boroughs and developers at an early stage of development
proposals to allow an assessment to be made of the transport implications. This in turn allows
funding to be agreed and any transport improvements to be delivered in a timely fashion.
This does depend on early action by the relevant boroughs or developers, as they initiate
development plans and proposals.

The local bus network in Canada Water has been expanded in recent years and its capacity
and reliability are kept under regular review. This will continue with the area action plan
taken fully into account.
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A&E Departments
Question No: 343 / 2009
James Cleverly
In the Healthcare Commission’s recent patient survey of A&E departments, 7 out of the 10
worst trusts in the country were in London. Does the Mayor believe that poor A&E
departments are contributing to health inequalities in the capital, and if so, how will he
address this problem in his Health Inequalities Strategy?
Answer from the Mayor:
I believe the situation in our A&E departments is both a cause and a symptom of health
inequalities in London. Poor health services are among the main factors which contribute to
unequal health outcomes for those Londoners unable to access the treatment they need.
Some of the demands on London’s A&E services reflect the variable access primary care and
early interventions which some disadvantaged groups experience.

My forthcoming strategy will include a clear focus on working with partners to improve the
quality, accessibility and accountability of health services. In addition, it will recognise the
importance of investing in workplace well-being which matters directly to frontline NHS
staff, often working in challenging circumstances, and indirectly to the patients whose needs
they seek to meet.
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Anti-gang restrictions added to the Policing and Crime Bill
Question No: 344 / 2009
James Cleverly
Does the Mayor agree that dictating to young people the clothes they can and cannot wear in
a bid to reduce gang related crime, is one step too far?
Answer from the Mayor:
The provisions of the Policing and Crime Bill include the power to prevent individuals from
wearing gang colours or items such as balaclavas that prevent identification. Those
provisions on clothing appear to be intended only to be used against individuals who have
been identified, arrested, charged and brought to court and are part of a range of tools the
police, courts and support agencies could use to reduce gang violence.

I agree that arbitrarily telling young people what they can and can’t wear would be entirely
wrong. Careful assessment would be needed to ensure that innocent associations are not
wrongly criminalized.

However, in individual circumstances, where there is solid evidence (to the satisfaction of the
courts) that limited restrictions would help to prevent violence and other criminal activity
then the protection of other vulnerable young people may need to take precedence.
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Anti-social behaviour
Question No: 345 / 2009
James Cleverly
Recent figures estimate that 35 million acts of anti-social behaviour took place in 2008, that’s
96,000 per day.
Do you have any specific plans to address this unacceptable level of anti-social behaviour and
bring order back to the streets and communities of London?
Answer from the Mayor:
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is undoubtedly one of the concerns that Londoners have about
life in the capital.

There were 387,862 incidents of ASB recorded by the Metropolitan Police in 2007/08. The
British Crime Survey estimates that, nationally, three-quarters of ASB is not reported to the
police. As Safer Neighbourhood Teams in London have been in place in all wards since 2006
and as the majority have worked with local communities in identifying ASB as a key issue to
be addressed, the level of unreporting in London is likely to be lower than the national figure
quoted.

Much of what is deemed to be "anti-social behaviour" is, in fact criminal activity (such as
vandalism of bus-stops or graffiti of personal property). I am determined to make a difference
by addressing this sort of criminal activity. Across the 630 Safer Neighbourhood Teams,
addressing ASB is already a top priority of the Safer Neighbourhood Panels. In addition, I
have increased the number of Safer Transport Teams, created a series of transport policing
hubs and continue to support the deployment of Safer Neighbourhood Teams. All of these
officers work with local residents, business owners and local authorities to put an end to these
unacceptable acts of criminal behaviour.

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
Question No: 346 / 2009
James Cleverly
Will the Mayor congratulate the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, together
with its Chairman and Commissioner, on moving to become an excellent authority, as rated
by the Audit Commission in its latest performance review?
Answer from the Mayor:
I was very pleased to see the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority withstand the
scrutiny of the Audit Commission. That is a tribute to the professionalism and dedication of
the officers and leadership.


London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
Question No: 347 / 2009
James Cleverly
Does the Mayor agree with the Audit Commission that Brian Coleman is an “effective
ambassador” and provides “excellent, influential leadership at a pan-London level”?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am pleased to see the Chairman met with the Audit Commission’s approval.
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Bus Cancellations
Question No: 348 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Would the Mayor accept that a key reason why all the buses in London were cancelled on
Monday 2nd February was that, in line with TfL’s policy, many bus routes now travel down
residential roads that were not designed for buses? Will the Mayor look at reversing this
policy?
Answer from the Mayor:
Bus services were unable to operate fully on 2 February due to the extreme weather
conditions.

Prior to introducing a bus to a residential road for the first time TfL undertakes a test of the
route with a bus, to identify any works that would be necessary for the route to operate safely
and reliably.
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Congestion Charge
Question No: 349 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Under your predecessor it was TfL policy to consider special dispensation to offer an
exemption from the Congestion Charge for NHS cancer patients but not for those cancer
patients using private healthcare. Can you instruct TfL to abolish this double standard?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am of the view that such a concession should be available to all individuals undertaking such
treatment, regardless of the hospital they attend.

However, I am aware there may be a number of issues that need to be considered and I have
asked TfL to look into this issue and report back to me.
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Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals
Question No: 350 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Does the Mayor consider the 91 closures of the maternity departments at Barnet and Chase
Farm Hospitals in 2008 as indicative of the vast health inequalities in the capital?
Answer from the Mayor:
Variable access to high quality health services is one of the many factors that cause different
groups of Londoners to experience unequal health outcomes. Retaining and improving health
services to be accessible to communities and designed to meet their needs is a key part of
tackling health inequalities in London and will be reflected in my forthcoming health
inequalities strategy.

I am concerned at news of any of our NHS providers having to close their doors because they
do not have the capacity to meet demand – albeit temporarily in this case. That said, I
recognise that health services can not compromise on safety and welcome the focus in the
Healthcare for London strategy on ensuring all maternity services are adequately staffed to
provide safe, clinically sound services.
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Food Ambassador

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Question No: 351 / 2009
Brian Coleman
What resources have been deployed to support Rosie Boycott since her appointment as “Food
Ambassador”?
Answer from the Mayor:
Since her appointment as Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott has received secretariat and
policy support from the LDA’s existing business development team.


Food Ambassador
Question No: 352 / 2009
Brian Coleman
On what issues has Rosie Boycott advised you on since her appointment?
Answer from the Mayor:
Since her appointment as Chair of London Food, Rosie Boycott has advised me on many
food-related issues and has brought real dynamism to London’s sustainable food agenda. She
has been particularly energetic in championing the Capital Growth project, which she and I
launched together in November 2008 and which is creating 2,012 new growing spaces in
London by 2012. She is also passionate about the amount of locally and regionally-produced
food in London and on ensuring that the food at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games is
as sustainable as possible.
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Human Rights in China
Question No: 353 / 2009
Brian Coleman
In the light of continuing torture and human abuses in the Peoples Republic of China
particularly against democracy campaigners, free Tibet activists, Roman Catholics and Falun
Gong practitioners will you review future sponsorship arrangements involving organs of the
Chinese State. In particular will you ensure unelected Municipal Officials whom I consider
have blood on their hands, such as Song Chao, General Director of Shanghai Municipality, are
not made welcome again in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
Events such as the exhibition of Chinese antiquities at the British Museum opened by Deputy
Mayor Ian Clement, which I note you attended, and the celebration of Chinese New Year in
China Town and Trafalgar Square are events for the communities in London and, as such, I
will continue to support them. The contribution of acts from China, arranged with the
assistance of our contacts in the Chinese authorities, greatly enhances these events and is
widely appreciated by the community.

Whilst I am concerned with the on-going questions of human rights in China I believe that
continuing a constructive dialogue with the authorities is far more beneficial than ostracising
them.
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Outer London Commission
Question No: 354 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Will you list the Boroughs in which the members of your Outer London Commission live?
Answer from the Mayor:

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I do not think it is appropriate to give private details of this kind. In any event, the members of
the Commission were selected primarily because of their background and expertise in the
issues under consideration. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that three outer London
borough leaders are members.
Outer London Commission
Question No: 355 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Do you consider Waltham Forest a Suburban Outer London Borough?
Answer from the Mayor:
As a working definition of outer London the Commission has used that employed by
Government for grant distribution purposes. This includes Waltham Forest.

The Commission is mindful that parts of inner boroughs have some ‘outer’ characteristics and,
conversely, parts of outer boroughs have some ‘inner’ characteristics. It has made this clear in
seeking responses from a wide range of stakeholders unconstrained by borough boundaries.
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Outer London Commission
Question No: 356 / 2009
Brian Coleman
What genuine consultation with Outer London Borough Leaders is planned by the Outer
London Commission?
Answer from the Mayor:
All the Commission’s consultation is genuine. The Secretariat is currently consulting with
London Councils and sub regional partnerships on the most effective way of engaging with
borough leaders.
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Outer London Commission
Question No: 357 / 2009
Brian Coleman
What consultation is planned with County and District Councils that border Greater London
by the Outer London Commission?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Commission secretariat is exploring the most effective way of engaging with authorities
bordering London.
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Outer London Commission
Question No: 358 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Will the Outer London Commission examine the issue of County or Borough boundaries?
Answer from the Mayor:
No. Examination of the issue of county and borough boundaries was not specified in the
Terms of Reference for the Commission and the Commission itself has not raised it as having
strategic bearing on addressing those Terms of Reference.
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Question No: 359 / 2009
Brian Coleman
What public consultation is planned by the Outer London Commission?




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Answer from the Mayor:
The Commission held its first formal meeting in public at City Hall and intends to hold four
other similar meetings in the different quadrants of outer London and another, final meeting
in public in City Hall. These will be advertised on the Commission’s website and through sub
regional partnerships. The Commission’s papers are available to the public through its
website http://www.london.gov.uk/mayor/planning/olc/ and it can be contacted through
outer.londoncommission@london.gov.uk.

To enable stakeholders to make comments effectively it has posted on its website a series of
key questions about the London economy to which it invites responses. These do not preclude
stakeholders addressing other issues when making representations to the Commission.

Outer London Commission
Question No: 361 / 2009
Brian Coleman
How will the Outer London Commission consult the Assembly?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Commission has already had informal contact with the Planning & Housing Committee,
which intends to invite the Commission Chair to make a more formal presentation to one of its
future meetings.


Outer London Commission
Question No: 362 / 2009
Brian Coleman
How will the Outer London Commission consult the Functional Bodies?
Answer from the Mayor:
The LDA and TfL are represented on the Commission and their staff are contributing to its
work. The Commission’s secretariat within the GLA London Plan team will ensure the other
functional bodies are consulted as appropriate during the Commission’s work.
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Primrose Hill Station
Question No: 363 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Would the Mayor support a feasibility study into the possibility of re-opening Primrose Hill
overground station, which could serve as a useful link between Watford and Stratford during
the Olympics?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL considered this opportunity last year, but decided it would be too difficult to slot the
additional passenger services in between the existing frequent freight services. I will ask TfL
to keep this opportunity under review should circumstances change in the future.
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Evening Standard
Question No: 364 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Does the Mayor think the quality of journalism provided by the Evening Standard in its City
Hall coverage is adequate?

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Answer from the Mayor:
I am sure the new owners will strive to provide the best coverage of City Hall, and outperform
their competitors.
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Brent Cross Cricklewood
Question No: 365 / 2009
Brian Coleman
Will the Mayor ask TfL to revisit their outrageous demands in regards to the planning
application for Brent Cross Cricklewood that threaten to derail this vital regeneration project
for North West London?
Answer from the Mayor:
I welcome the application for Brent Cross Cricklewood and support the principle of the
proposed development and the benefits it will deliver, however there a number of outstanding
issues including transport that need to be resolved.

The planning application is one of the largest development proposals in recent years. The site
is situated in one of the most congested parts of London’s highway network. In addition, the
site is currently poorly served by public transport with inadequate walking and cycling links
to the surrounding area.

I have asked for further information on a range of issues to be submitted by the developer.
This includes requests for a commitment to improve the public transport network at an early
stage in the development and to reconsider the proposed parking provision.
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Affordable Housing
Question No: 367 / 2009
Steve O’Connell
What progress is being made in your negotiations with the boroughs on the development of
local affordable housing targets?
Answer from the Mayor:
As I announced on 9 February, I have reached a provisional agreement with 14 London
boroughs to deliver over 16,750 homes. The remaining 19 boroughs have already identified a
further 20,500 affordable homes, and I expect to reach agreements with these boroughs in the
coming months.
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Affordable Housing
Question No: 368 / 2009
Steve O’Connell
Does the Mayor agree that to return to his predecessor’s failed 50% affordable housing target,
as suggested by the Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, would be extremely
damaging for London’s fragile housing market, while doing little to provide the affordable
homes that London desperately needs?
Answer from the Mayor:
In the current housing market it is even more important that we agree affordable housing
delivery targets appropriate to the circumstances of each borough rather than attempting to
enforce the same target across London.
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Affordable Housing
Question No: 369 / 2009
Steve O’Connell
Will the Mayor confirm that he will not be deterred from his plans to increase home
ownership in London, despite remarks by the Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee
in her response to the draft Housing Strategy?
Answer from the Mayor:
I remain fully committed to my aim of providing more low cost home ownership homes and
through my First Steps programme to give Londoners on middle incomes the opportunity to
own their own homes.

I will be responding formally to the Assembly’s comments on my draft London Housing
Strategy shortly.
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Waste and Recycling
Question No: 370 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
What plans does the Mayor have to turn waste into an economic resource?
Answer from the Mayor:
London Waste and Recycling Board has recently approved the 2009/10 Business Plan that
sets out the Board’s priorities for increasing and promoting waste reduction, recycling and the
beneficial use of non recyclable waste using its £84m fund. The development of the Business
Plan was approached from both and economic and carbon perspective therefore taking into
account both the greenhouse gas impact of various resource recovery and waste treatment
options but also identifying which material have significant economic opportunity for
example high value materials with low capture rates.

At the February meeting of the Board it was also agreed that a business development team
would be established to broker the most efficient and effective proposals through targeting
and encouraging waste producers, technology providers, heat and material customers and
land owners etc to express an interest, matching them up with the most appropriate partners
and assisting in the development of the project bid.

Food waste is a big challenge and opportunity for London right now and I am keen to look at
the feasibility of converting some of the estimated 1 million tonnes of food waste, currently
going to landfill, into fuel. My officers are in the process of developing a project scope and
identifying potential partners.

On a more individual basis I am keen to see the US programme RecycleBank operating in
London. This innovative programme rewards householders in vouchers for what they recycle.
RecycleBank forms partnerships with local and national retailers and enables the householder
to choose the type of reward it wants to receive. The programme has been running for a few
years in the US and not only provides households with a contribution towards their grocery
bill but has helped direct some consumers back to the high street and independent stores.
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Environment Budget
Question No: 372 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
Will the Mayor confirm that the budget for environmental programmes across the GLA
Group will benefit from an overall increase of £56.7 million in 2009/10 from the previous

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year?
Answer from the Mayor:

Yes, I can confirm the budget for environmental programmes across the GLA Group will
increase by £56.7 million between 2008/09 and 2009/10.

Some of the key programmes which will benefit are:
   The LDA’s decentralised energy budget will be approximately £7m next financial year.
    This will help to deliver the additional CHP capacity the city needs
   £24m of funding from the LDA over the next three years to support the work of the
    London Waste and Recycling Board in bringing about the additional waste infrastructure
    London requires
   £10m of funding will be diverted from the Londoner publication to the parks and trees
    programme over the course of this Mayoral term which will make a significant difference
    to the local environment in this city
   Major new cycling initiatives from TfL on cycle hire, highways and hubs with the TfL
    cycling budget more than doubling from 2008/09 to 2009/10 so as the cycle hire scheme
    can go live in May 2010
   An increase in the cleaner buses budget from £8m this year to £9m next financial year
   £7m for the TfL Climate Change Fund next financial year
   An increase in the Metropolitan Police budget allocated to climate change and carbon
    reduction from £3m to £5m next financial year.
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Environment Budget
Question No: 373 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
Which environmental programmes in the GLA Group will benefit from the budget increase of
£56.7 million in 2009/10?
Answer from the Mayor:
Please see the answer to 372 / 2009.
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London Waste and Recycling Board
Question No: 374 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
Would the Mayor work with other members of the London Waste and Recycling Board to
ensure that the requirement for “partnership” working, as set out in its Business Plan, is
suitably worded so as not to preclude support for the valuable waste and recycling work of
individual boroughs?
Answer from the Mayor:
The draft 2009/10 Business Plan, a Priorities Plan for the London Waste and Recycling
Board, was presented to the Board on 12 February for their approval and authorised adoption
subject to amendments. The requirement for partnership working was discussed at some
length and it was agreed that this would be relaxed to allow the consideration of a broader
range of bids.

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‘Organisations seeking funding will be strongly encouraged to develop cross-boundary and
cross-sectoral delivery partnerships and demonstrate how these partnerships deliver:
   - Collaboration benefits
   - Economies and efficiencies of scale
   - Value for money, and
   - Shared risk

The development of partnerships is likely to increase the chance of a project receiving
funding.’

Furthermore, the Board is setting up a ‘dating agency’ that will broker partnership bids and
look to match the most appropriate bidders taking the onus solely off the project bidder.

For the avoidance of doubt – cross-boundary does not necessarily require cross-borough
working.
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Recycle for London
Question No: 375 / 2009
Gareth Bacon
Would the Mayor work with other members of the London Waste and Recycling Board to
ensure that a thorough assessment is made of the tangible benefits of the Recycle for London
campaign before any decision is made on the long-term future of this campaign?
Answer from the Mayor:
The London Waste and Recycling Board awarded £1.5m to the Recycle for London
campaign to deliver an effective pan-London awareness raising campaign aimed at getting
low and medium recyclers to recycle more materials more of the time.

The 2007/08 campaign tracker results showed a high level of prompted recognition for the
campaign at 57 per cent, a good proportion, 47 per cent, who claimed to take some action as a
result of the campaign and saw 34 per cent claim it made them change their personal recycling
behaviour.

However words do not always reflect action and therefore for the 2008/09 campaign the
Recycle for London team will be evaluating the success of the campaign both through public
perception surveys and the analysis of household recycling data. A letter, supported by the
London Waste and Recycling Board, has been sent to all London Boroughs and the City
requesting tonnage data over time. I fully appreciate that not all increases in recycling can be
attributed to the Recycle for London campaign and Recycle for London will therefore verify
and agree all increases in borough data with the individual boroughs.

Early indications show that there is considerably more interest in the 2008/09 campaign
compared to the 2007/08 campaign with seven boroughs requesting collection vehicle livery
(up from one), two authorities outside of London asking permission to use the ‘Evil Bin’
character and Maudsley Hospital keen to get involved. In addition over 13,000 posters have
been set to schools, youth clubs, leisure centres, libraries and community centres across
London

We are evaluating future possible behavioural campaigns and we are submitting a paper on
this to the London Waste and Recycling Board for May.
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PCSO misconduct
Question No: 376 / 2009

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Richard Tracey
It has recently come to the public’s attention that PCSOs were responsible for most cases of
gross misconduct among Metropolitan Police staff in 2008, despite making up only 20% of the
workforce. This was put down to lack of motivation.
In light of this, are there any specific plans to improve the situation?
Answer from the Mayor:
Discipline information relating to PCSOs on Westminster Borough Government Security
Zone (GSZ) was contained in an MPS report discussed recently at the MPA’s Strategic and
Operational Policing Committee. The report outlined plans for development of the GSZ
PSCO role and members commented on these at the time.

Overall, PCSO strength currently stands at 4,483, which is distinct to Police Staff strength,
currently 14138. If we also include Police Officer strength, currently 31798, then PCSO’s
make up 8.16% of the total workforce.

The reported cases of gross misconduct in 2008 (22) amongst the 4483 PCSO’s cover a range
of issues and are not all attributed to lack of motivation. However, what the above report did
highlight was that some PCSOs employed in those routine Security roles (of which there were
5 cases of gross misconduct) felt reduced motivation and it was suggested this might be a
factor in terms of performance. There are approximately 250 PCSOs employed in that role.

The MPS has therefore undertaken measures to address this problem. In January 2008, this
role was reviewed to establish development opportunities. As a result, a dedicated security
office was established staffed by an Inspector and Sergeant. A number of measures and tailor
development needs for individual PCSOs were introduced. The security patrols now have a
menu of options for deployment of PCSOs to provide a more interesting and varied role as
well as countering the terrorism threat.

Pan London, the review and continued professional development of the PCSO role to ensure
they receive the best available training and are well motivated is the responsibility of Safer
Neighbourhoods Policing within Territorial Policing and their work is ongoing to achieve
that.

Outer London Commission
Question No: 377 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Can the Mayor reassure us that the Outer London Commission will not be, as South London
Business worries, just a talking shop, but will deliver real help and support to Outer London?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Commission will certainly not be a talking shop. It has been designed to secure the most
authoritative advice to achieve the Mayors objectives through its own membership, through
the key stakeholders with which it will engage and through independent research. The
timetable for its work has been set so it can inform the development of policy in the revision of
the London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and the Economic Development Strategy.
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Traffic Smoothing
Question No: 379 / 2009
Richard Tracey
As vans complete four times more mileage in Central London than buses, can consolidating
retail deliveries help deliver your commitment in Way to Go! to smooth traffic?
Answer from the Mayor:
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Yes, this approach can offer sustainable long-term positive benefits, although this will depend
on where the retail focused consolidation centre is located and the need to take the potential
increase in traffic activity in the environs into account.

By consolidating loads the timing of deliveries can be better managed, including increasing
the number undertaken outside of normal shop hours. This measure will reduce the number of
vehicles on the roads during peak traffic hours which in turn will lead to less fuel consumption
and lower emissions. A reduction in kerbside deliveries during peak hours will be also benefit
road users.

Nevertheless, the business case to add this extra stage into the retail supply chain must be
sound. It must ensure that getting the goods from a locally based consolidation centre will not
ostensibly increase costs to the retailers.
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Transport Investment
Question No: 380 / 2009
Richard Tracey
What is the Mayor doing to bring forward investment in transport infrastructure, including
critical investment in the tube, to ensure that the capital is well placed to compete
internationally once the UK economy recovers?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is undergoing a massive investment programme in transport infrastructure, including
Crossrail, upgrades to the Underground lines and the completion of the final phase of the
inner London orbital railway. This investment will provide vitally needed capacity to
support the long term growth of London’s economy and our international competitiveness.

Revisions to the London Plan and my Transport Strategy are also underway. The latter will
consider high level policies and options for further infrastructure development needed to
support growth in London. I will continue to seek further investment from Government into
London’s transport networks.

My Economic Recovery Action Plan, published in December, sets out over 50 specific actions
that the GLA group is undertaking; these include lobbying Government to bring forward
TfL’s funding in order to accelerate essential transport infrastructure projects.
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Transport Investment
Question No: 381 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Can the Mayor detail any response he has received from the Prime Minister regarding his
formal request for accelerated and additional transport funding?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am in ongoing discussions with Government to ensure that we continue to invest in
London's transport infrastructure. It is vital to maintain this investment and I will let you
know as soon as we have reached a formal agreement on funding.
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Rail Capacity
Question No: 382 / 2009
Richard Tracey
What increases in rail capacity will London require post-2014 beyond Crossrail, Thameslink,
the East London line and the planned upgrades of major termini?
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Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is currently looking at what changes in rail capacity will be required from 2014 to 2026.
The first stage of this is to estimate demand, before moving on to see where on the network
there are consequential crowding problems and then find potential value for money solutions.
It will cover not just train capacity but also station capacity issues. This work is at a very early
stage, so there are no results as yet.

TfL also intend to work with the Boroughs and regional partnerships to determine the
requirements for Control Period 5 [2014-2019].
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Jubilee Line
Question No: 383 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Is the re-signalling, testing and commissioning of the Jubilee Line on time?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Jubilee line upgrade is a key part of LU’s programme to transform the Tube. Tube Lines
(TLL) have the responsibility, under the PPP, for delivering this work and they are obliged to
deliver the improvements by December 2009.

TLL remain confident that they will be able to deliver all of the required work by the end of
this year. Under the PPP, we must rely on TLL’s management of this project, although LU
are aware of significant challenges still to be overcome and LU continue to demand
reassurance of timely delivery.

London Underground is continuing to do everything it can to ensure that Tube Lines have
every opportunity to deliver this project on time. This includes an unprecedented level of
access to the line outside of engineering hours – with closures on part or parts of the line
every weekend this year.
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Northern Line
Question No: 384 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Is there any threat that the Northern Line re-signalling will not be completed before the
Olympics?
Answer from the Mayor:
Under Tube Lines’ current programme the Northern line re-signalling will be completed at
the beginning of 2012. I am not aware of any change to this programme.


Metronet Savings
Question No: 385 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Does the extra flexibility gained by London Underground directly managing Metronet work
facilitate less expensive approaches to increasing capacity to be considered, such as
re-signalling rather than buying new trains on some of the later line upgrades?
Answer from the Mayor:
The management of Metronet will provide opportunities for LU to make cost savings but
only in the long-term as in the short to medium-term LU has had to absorb the costs
associated with the collapse of Metronet.

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The sub-surface signalling upgrade is one example of where LU has already identified cost
savings. Since taking Metronet over it has started the process of re-tendering for a more
cost-effective contract.

This does not affect the need to replace old rolling stock on the lines where this is necessary.
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Sub Surface Lines Signalling Upgrade
Question No: 386 / 2009
Richard Tracey
What is the current timescale for re-tendering the Sub Surface Lines re-signalling contract
and can the Mayor outline what steps he is taking to ensure that this upgrade work is
completed in time for the London Olympics in 2012?
Answer from the Mayor:
LU is expecting to issue an invitation to tender for the new contract in July 2009 and a
contractor is expected to be appointed by December 2010.

As you know London Underground (LU) decided to re-tender the contract for upgrading
signalling on the Sub-Surface (District, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City) lines.
This was because the original contract signed by Metronet did not provide the best technical
solution or the best value for money.

Despite the process of re-tendering, the signalling upgrade will still be complete by the
original target date of 2018. Upgraded signalling on these lines has never been part of LU’s
plans for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, although new trains with air conditioning and
improved accessibility features will be in place on the Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith
& City lines by 2012, with the first trains to be introduced on the Metropolitan line from next
year.
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Kennington Underground Station
Question No: 387 / 2009
Richard Tracey
What platform enhancement and widening will happen at Kennington Underground Station
with Northern Line operational changes?
Answer from the Mayor:
LU does not anticipate that any options being considered would require changes to be made to
the platforms at Kennington station.

Kennington station does not currently experience significant levels of crowding and, for
example under the proposal to increase service on the branch through the City, an empty train
would arrive at the station almost every two minutes to serve the Charing Cross branch.
Trains serving the City branch, though not empty, would be even more frequent – with less
than two minutes between each train in the peak direction.

In capacity terms this equates to almost 20 per cent more capacity on the Charing Cross
branch in the peaks and 33 per cent on the Bank branch – over and above that delivered by the
upgrade.
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Mainline Oyster Cards
Question No: 388 / 2009

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Richard Tracey
Can the Mayor provide specific dates by which time each of the Train Operating Companies in
London should have introduced PAYG Oyster Cards?
Answer from the Mayor:
Not as yet.

The likely launch date remains towards the end of 2009.
Potholes
Question No: 389 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Can the Mayor provide an estimate of the total cost of repairing all the potholes in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to estimate the costs of repairing all the potholes across London as each
borough will have their own arrangements, depending on the nature of the road.

In the case of the Transport for London Road Network, localised defects such as potholes,
damaged paving slabs, street lighting outtages and other hazardous defects are dealt with
under a lump sum arrangements so it is not possible to separate out the costs attributable to
repairs.

In addition, when sections of the highway have reached an optimal time for renewal, any
potholes will be automatically repaired as part of the general improvement to the whole road
and/or footway.
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Traffic Light Rephasing
Question No: 390 / 2009
Richard Tracey
Can the Mayor provide an update on the rephasing of traffic lights throughout London? How
many traffic lights have been rephased thus far and how many does TfL anticipate rephasing
in total?
Answer from the Mayor:
713 traffic signal timing reviews were completed between 1 May 2008 and 16 February 2009.
TfL will be reviewing all 6000 traffic signals in London over the next six years, at 1000 sites
per year.
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London Resilience Local Authority Panel
Question No: 391 / 2009
Richard Tracey
When does the Mayor expect to receive the results of the review on the London Resilience
Local Authority Panel and how it stood up to the challenge of the snow on 2nd February?
Answer from the Mayor:
The London Regional Resilience Forum has commissioned a de- brief to identify any lessons
learnt and recommendations for the future, following the extreme weather event on 2nd
February 2009.

The report will be discussed at the next meeting of the London Regional Resilience Forum on
20 May 2009.
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Dangerous Dogs
Question No: 393 / 2009
Richard Tracey
In light of the tragic death of three month old Jaden Mack attacked by two pet dogs, the
savage mauling of nine-year old Niamh Webster-Guy, which resulted in 100 stitches to the
face and the attack of 6 members of the public by an Alsatian in Bristol, will the Mayor update
Assembly Members on his plans to tackle the rise in status and dangerous dogs?




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Answer from the Mayor:
I recognise the very real problem posed by dangerous dogs. The MPA has approved the
establishment of an MPS specialist status dog unit, consisting of a sergeant, five constables
and a member of police staff. This unit will commence operation on 2 March 2009. The unit
will provide a single point of contact internally and for partners, an enforcement role through
intelligence led deployments/tasking, and a source of expertise to support the criminal justice
processes. The RSPCA is actively supporting the unit.

The London Dangerous Dog Forum (LDDF), chaired by the MPS, brings together animal
welfare, local authority and other partners to address London-wide concerns. The LDDF will
promulgate good practice, and develop problem-solving approaches. The GLA is working
with the LDDF to bring together data from a range of agencies to develop targeted work in
the areas of London with the greatest problems.

Road Works
Question No: 396 / 2009
Victoria Borwick
Further to your answer to question 9/2009, can you provide statistics for the number of road
works on the Strategic Road Network caused by utility companies in 2007? How much of the
total disruption caused on the network in that period was due to road works?
Answer from the Mayor:
London’s strategic road network comprises the Transport for London Road Network
(TLRN) and the Strategic Road Network (SRN). The TLRN, London’s “Red Routes”, is
managed directly by TfL. While TfL has strategic interest in the SRN, these roads are
managed by the local highway authorities.

The total number of recorded roadwork’s on the TLRN in 2007 undertaken by utilities is
22,493. Statistics for the SRN are not available, but as a comparison, the TLRN measures
approximately 580 km and the SRN approximately 520 km.

In 2007/08, the total number of hours of disruption recorded by TfL’s London Traffic Control
Centre (LTCC) was 665,000 hours. Of these, the majority was recorded as minimal and
moderate disruption (86,200 hours and 576,000 hours respectively), with 2,000 hours
categorized as serious or severe.

The disruption due to utility companies in the same year was 286,000 hours in total, of which
23,200 hours were of minimal severity, 263,000 hours moderate and 240 hours serious or
severe. Therefore 43% of total disruption recorded by LTCC is caused by utility companies.

Before Christmas, I met with the Chief Executives of the major utility companies, asking them
to implement a series of measures to reduce the impact of utility works in the capital. This
included the rolling out of a permit scheme and agreeing to implement measures to minimise
the disruption caused by road works in the capital.

Illegal Minicabs
Question No: 398 / 2009
Victoria Borwick
Is it true that the there are mini cab drivers on London roads who have not had CRB checks
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Answer from the Mayor:
All applicants for a London private hire driver licence have to undergo an enhanced Criminal
Records Bureau check as part of the application process.

In addition, applicants who indicate that they have been in a country other than the UK for
three months or more within the last three years are required to complete a 'Living and
Working Abroad Details' form as part of the application. They would also be required to
produce a 'Certificate of Good Conduct' from the respective country that can be obtained
through the respective Embassy together with a translation of that document.

Applicants who have difficulty in obtaining a 'Certificate of Good Conduct' are required to
explain why this is the case and to provide references from individuals and/or bodies (not
family members) who can confirm their conduct for their time in that country.
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Minicab Satellite Offices
Question No: 399 / 2009
Victoria Borwick
Has the removal of the need for planning permission for minicab satellite offices resulted in an
increase in minicabs?
Answer from the Mayor:
There is no evidence to suggest that this is the case.

The requirement for private hire operators to demonstrate to TfL that they complied with
any planning requirements for their premises was removed in March 2007. The grant or
refusal of planning permission is a matter for the local planning authority rather than the
private hire licensing authority.

In March 2007, there were 45,000 licensed private hire vehicles (PHVs). In January 2009,
there were 49,000 licensed private hire vehicles. This is consistent with the steady growth in
the number licensed PHVs since licensing of them started in 2004.
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Olympic Homes
Question No: 400 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Notwithstanding the fact that the projected 10,000 Olympic homes will be divided into six
different villages, would it be possible to make all the data for these homes accessible in one
place?
Answer from the Mayor:
The LDA has recently published for consultation the legacy plans entitled ‘People and Places
- A Framework for Consultation’ on its legacy website (please see www.legacy-now.co.uk).
The detail of the preferred Legacy Framework is described and explained in a suite of
documents. The summary report provides a table containing top line figures about the homes,
social infrastructure and other land uses across the whole site. In addition each of the
proposed six neighbourhoods has its own area brief, which covers the detail of what is
expected to be included in each neighbourhood.

The website will be kept updated to provide this data in a single source.
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City Airport
Question No: 401 / 2009
Andrew Boff
What action does the Mayor believe should be taken to ensure that London City Airport
reduces its particulate emissions to comply with limits which will come into force in 2010?
Answer from the Mayor:
London City Airport should improve the extent and availability of air quality data, and
develop an action plan, the impact and performance of which should be reviewed annually
with the London Borough of Newham. Newham are currently in discussions with City
Airport on this issue.
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Legacy Now
Question No: 402 / 2009
Andrew Boff
By a margin of more than four to one, Newham respondents to the Legacy Now consultation
exercise wanted family homes rather than apartments to be part of the Olympic Legacy. How
will the legacy plan take that local need into account?
Answer from the Mayor:
A key finding of the LDA’s consultation to date with local communities has been the desire for
family housing. Family housing is a vital component of the Legacy Masterplan Framework
(LMF) housing offer, encouraging stability and longevity of neighbourhoods. The LMF
proposals are for between 10,000 – 12,000 homes of which 42% (around 4,236 homes – 5,040)
will be family accommodation (3 bedrooms or larger).
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Olympic Housing
Question No: 403 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Of the new socially rented properties proposed for the Olympic Park, how many will be family
homes with Gardens?
Answer from the Mayor:
The planning assumptions on which the draft Legacy Masterplan Framework (LMF) is based
are that of the 10,000 to 12,000 new homes which will be developed on the Olympic Park
(excluding the conversion of the Athlete’s Village), 65% will be for market sale and 35%
affordable homes, and the latter will be split equally between low cost home ownership and
social rent. This would give a total for social rent homes of between 1750 and 2100 units. It is
also assumed that at least 42% of the total new housing development will be family homes,
defined as three bedrooms or more. However, there is no presumption that the new family
sized units will be split in the same proportions in tenure terms as the overall development.
We expect this to be refined further through the current public consultation exercise and the
more detailed planning of each of the six character areas which will follow publication of the
LMF this summer.

The ambition is to ensure that all family homes have access to private external space, be that a
courtyard, roof top garden or standard type garden as well as large balconies, terraces and so
on.
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Regional Housing Grant
Question No: 404 / 2009
Andrew Boff
What cash figure of the £5billion regional housing pot will be allocated to 1 and 2 bedroom
properties?
Answer from the Mayor:
Information about allocations made under the 2008-11 funding programmes will not be
available until the end of this financial period, that is April 2011, when all the funding has been
distributed.

There are no predetermined targets for allocations from the Regional Housing Pot for 1 and 2
bedroomed homes. The only bedroom size targets relate to three bedroom and larger homes.
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Newham Housing Needs
Question No: 405 / 2009
Andrew Boff
How can LDA know the local need for the Barrier Park development if they don’t have a
breakdown of Newham’s waiting list?
Answer from the Mayor:
A local authority’s housing waiting list provides a snapshot of demand for social housing at a
specific point in time. It would not therefore be appropriate to base the planning of
developments that will be delivered in 3-4 years' time on the basis of this list. The relevant
guidance on appropriate unit sizes and tenures comes from the Mayor’s and Newham’s
planning policies which in turn are based upon a Londonwide Strategic Housing Market
Assessment and Newham’s local housing needs survey. These go beyond looking at the
existing situation and factor in the needs and requirements of all sections of the community,
taking appropriate account of demographic trends.

The proposals for this particular site and the mix of unit sizes have been drawn up with
reference to Newham’s UDP and the GLA’s Housing Supplementary Planning Document
(2005), in consultation with the GLA and LB Newham. The provision of family-sized units
meets the requirements of the Mayor’s Housing Strategy.

The GLA’s publication ‘Planning for a Better London’ acknowledges that three quarters of
projected household growth will be one-person households with the remainder split between
lone parents and other multi-adult, non-family households. It is therefore evident that there is
a large range of other households emerging which do not require family-sized dwellings.
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Chadwell Heath underpass
Question No: 406 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Will the Mayor look into the possibility of providing a pedestrian crossing to replace the
underpasses at Somerville Road and East Road in Chadwell Heath?
Answer from the Mayor:
Given the nature of the road, the speed of traffic using the A12 is relatively high and
introducing a surface-level crossing could put pedestrians at undue risk.




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However at Whalebone Lane (approximately 350m east of the East Road subway), there is
already a well established signalised junction. Subject to traffic modelling and finance, it could
be possible to implement a crossing at this location. TfL is exploring this option.
Chadwell Heath CCTV
Question No: 407 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Will the Mayor congratulate the SNT’s of Chadwell Heath and Chadwell wards for the
reduction in crime that has resulted from their work on the A12 underpass at East Road. Will
he also take up the request of Cllr Terry Justice, which has the support of the local
community, to provide permanent CCTV in and around the underpass to replace the
temporary facilities installed as a part of the recent police operation?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is aware of concerns from residents about this subway. TfL has provided fluorescent tube
light outputs to improve the lighting within the subway. TfL has also increased the frequency
of cleaning within the subway to ensure any graffiti is removed quickly. TfL is unable to fix
any cameras within the subway as the ceiling is low; and any cameras provided could be
subject to vandalism. CCTV cameras provided outside the subway could not ‘see’ the entirety
of the subway and so would be ineffectual.

There is currently temporary CCTV for a three month period at the south side of the subway
which was installed by the police to evaluate local circumstances. While this camera can only
view the exit/entrance to the subway, this has still proved to be popular with residents. The
police will subsequently make their own decision as to what further action might be required
after the end of this period.
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Mainline Oyster Cards
Question No: 409 / 2009
Andrew Boff
How soon can users of Chadwell Heath Station and Romford Station expect to be able to use
Oyster Cards to get to work?
Answer from the Mayor:
Towards the end of 2009, which is when I expect Oyster to go live across the National Rail
network.


Surrey Docks
Question No: 410 / 2009
Andrew Boff
What is the Mayor’s view of Barratt’s wilful destruction of the environment of the Downtown
site in Rotherhithe, including the removal of 20 mature trees, despite there being no start date
for development and no finally agreed plan.
Answer from the Mayor:
Whilst I mourn the unnecessary loss of any trees in London, the trees within the site have no
Tree Preservation Orders attached and the site is not located within a Conservation Area, so
the landowner is free to manage the trees as they wish. However, I understand that when the
development starts, a substantial amount of new native tree planting will be provided to
replace those lost.
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London City Airport
Question No: 411 / 2009
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Andrew Boff
In light of the incident at London City Airport on 13th February, how have plans by LFEPA
been amended to cope with the increased likelihood of such events when the numbers of
flights increase?
Answer from the Mayor:
National guidance sets the framework for the response by fire and rescue services to aircraft
incidents on the basis of aircraft size rather than the number of flights. The London Fire
Brigade’s response plans are kept under review, but an increased number of flights would not
in itself provide a basis to amend operational plans.
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London City Airport
Question No: 412 / 2009
Andrew Boff
In light of the incident at London City Airport on 13th February, what plans are in place by
the GLA group to cope with the increased likelihood of such events when the numbers of
flights increase?
Answer from the Mayor:
As stated in response to MQ 411, LFEPA emergency planning for London City Airport is
based on aircraft size rather than the nature or scale of the specific incidents.

The London Fire Brigade’s response plans are kept under review, but an increased number of
flights would not in itself provide a basis to amend operational plans.
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Richmond Council FOI
Question No: 414 / 2009
Andrew Boff
Is the Mayor’s commitment to the freedom of information greater than that of Richmond
Council, who have refused to satisfy a FOI request on the basis that the response may be used
to ridicule them, and Hackney Council who have attempted to ban opinions from its libraries
that have not been approved by the Council?
Answer from the Mayor:
I strongly believe in open and accountable government and I am committed to meeting the
GLA’s FOI obligations. I am not in a position to comment on the approach of other
authorities to this legislation.
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Illegal Minicabs
Question No: 416 / 2009
Roger Evans
Will you ensure that more is done by the police and the Public Carriage Office to crack down
on illegal minicabs operating at Gants Hill?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL works very closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London
Police to tackle taxi touting and illegal cabs across London.

The Metropolitan Police Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU), funded by TfL, has
a dedicated pan-London Cab Enforcement Unit (CEU) responsible for enforcing the law
relating to taxis and private hire vehicles in London. The police use a broad menu of tactical

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options to tackle illegal cab issues including covert and high visibility activities deployed to
priority areas and issues across London.

The TOCU regularly deploy to the Gants Hill area, working in partnership with local
policing teams to carry out routine patrols and enquiries in response to intelligence received.
In addition to these patrols, the CEU has undertaken three plain clothes operations working
alongside the Gants Hill Safer Neighbourhood Team focussing on the Faces Nightclub.
These activities have led to a number of arrests.

TfL has also introduced tougher penalties for any licensed driver convicted of taxi touting to
send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated. From 1 August 2008, licensed drivers
convicted of taxi touting will lose their licence for a minimum of one year. Over 50 PHV
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Illegal Minicabs
Question No: 417 / 2009
Roger Evans
Will you ensure that more is done by the police and the Public Carriage Office to crack down
on illegal minicabs operating at Wanstead High Street?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL works very closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London
Police to tackle taxi touting and illegal cabs across London.

The Metropolitan Police Transport Operational Command Unit, funded by TfL, has a
dedicated pan-London Cab Enforcement Unit (CEU) responsible for enforcing the law
relating to taxis and private hire vehicles in London. The police use a broad menu of tactical
options to tackle illegal cab issues including covert and high visibility activities deploying to
priority areas and issues across London.

The CEU has worked with Redbridge Borough and local policing teams in dealing with
illegal cab activity. A planned operation working with the local Safer Neighbourhood Team
targeting Wanstead High Street was planned in 2008 but ultimately relocated to target Gants
Hill due to more specific intelligence received. Touting issues at this location are kept under
review and will be considered as part of their future tasking decisions.

TfL has also introduced tougher penalties for any licensed driver convicted of taxi touting to
send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated. From 1 August 2008, licensed drivers
convicted of taxi touting will lose their licence for a minimum of one year. Over 50 PHV
licenses have already been revoked since August 2008.

I will ask TfL to discuss this with you further.

Illegal Minicabs
Question No: 418 / 2009
Roger Evans
Will you ensure that more is done by the police and the Public Carriage Office to crack down
on illegal minicabs operating in the vicinity of Mojo’s in South Woodford?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL works very closely with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and City of London
Police to tackle taxi touting and illegal cabs across London.


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The Metropolitan Police Transport Operational Command Unit (TOCU), funded by TfL, has
a dedicated pan-London Cab Enforcement Unit (CEU) responsible for enforcing the law
relating to taxis and private hire vehicles in London. The police use a broad menu of tactical
options to tackle illegal cab issues including covert and high visibility activities deploying to
priority areas and issues across London.

The TOCU regularly deploy to South Woodford Area carrying out routine patrols and
enquiries in response to intelligence received. In addition to these patrols, the CEU has
undertaken a number of joint plain clothes operations with local policing teams including the
Churchfield’s Safer Neighbourhood Team - two of these operations have focussed on Mojo’s
and led to a number of arrests.

TfL has also introduced tougher penalties for any licensed driver convicted of taxi touting to
send out a clear message that this will not be tolerated. From 1 August 2008, licensed drivers
convicted of taxi touting will lose their licence for a minimum of one year. Over 50 PHV
licenses have already been revoked since August 2008.

Snaresbrook Station
Question No: 419 / 2009
Roger Evans
Will the Mayor pass on to London Underground the congratulations of my constituents for
the great improvement in the standard of cleanliness of Snaresbrook Station?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am happy to do that, and I am pleased that we were able to take the action that your
constituents wanted.
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Bus Timetables
Question No: 420 / 2009
Roger Evans
Will the Mayor instruct TfL to ensure that when they are notified about missing bus
timetables, such as those at the bus stops by William Torbit School and the Silverdale Parade
on the Eastern Avenue within my constituency, they replace them without delay?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes.
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London’s Living Wage -
Question No: 421 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
When will the Mayor be declaring the 2009 figure for the London Living Wage?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Annual Living Wage Report, which contains the updated living wage figure, is due for
publication in April 2009.
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PQT in Hillingdon
Question No: 424 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Given that there is strong cross-party opposition to the Heathrow expansion, which includes

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Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Assembly Members and local Labour and Liberal
Democrat MPs, why was it that all three panel members speaking against the expansion of
Heathrow at the PQT in Hillingdon were members of the Conservative Party? In the
interests of transparency will you tell me the names of all the people you invited formally to
attend and to speak at the event, and how each would have contributed to producing a
balanced debate?
Answer from the Mayor:
The following were approached to participate:

Jim Fitzpatrick MP - Aviation Minister
Baroness Jo Valentine and John Dickie- London First
Prime Minister, Gordon Brown
Lord Clive Soley, Campaign Director, Future Heathrow and former Labour PM
Cllr Ray Puddifoot , Leader, Hillingdon Council
Frank Wingate, Chief Executive, West London Business
Zac Goldsmith, Director, The Ecologist
Richard Barnes, Assembly Member, Ealing & Hillingdon

We asked Ray Puddifoot to suggest any Hillingdon Councillor in support of expansion to
speak but none did.
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Value of a life
Question No: 425 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Can you account for your Low Emissions Zone decision?
Answer from the Mayor:
I announced my intention to suspend the third phase of the Low Emission Zone because of the
very significant impact it would have on London’s small businesses at a time when many of
them are going under or struggling to survive. I am totally committed to improving air
quality, and I believe the same or greater improvements can be achieved through a package of
other measures. We are considering the full range of possible measures to tackle air quality
problems through our joint work with Defra. The first two phases of the Low Emission Zone
have been successful in tackling the worst polluters, and will continue to play an important
role. It is not the right time to press ahead with extending it to include smaller vehicles like
vans and minibuses.

Phases one and two of the Low Emission Zone will continue to reduce emissions from the
most individually polluting vehicles in London. The scheme standards will rise again for these
vehicles in January 2012 when vehicles affected by phases one and two will have to meet the
Euro IV standard for particulate matter to continue to drive within Greater London without
charge.
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Private Vehicles on 2nd February
Question No: 426 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How many private vehicles went into central London on 2nd February?
Answer from the Mayor:
From the time of the decision to suspend the Congestion Charge on Monday 2 February,
there was no operational reason to retain the vehicle data. To avoid spending money
processing data that would not be used for charging, TfL switched off the Congestion
Charging cameras and deleted the vehicle data that had been received. This also ensured

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compliance with the Data Protection Act. The Congestion Charging systems cannot therefore
be used to measure the private vehicles entering the zone on that day.

Based on the data from the permanent monitoring cameras on the boundary of the zone,
which are located only on the main roads, total traffic entering the zone was down by 53%. It
is not possible to categorise this traffic by type.

Given the snowy conditions, it is reasonable to suspect that the traffic that did enter the
charging zone preferentially used the more major roads. The 53% reduction therefore almost
certainly understates the true degree of reduction in total traffic on that day.

393 Bus Route
Question No: 427 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Are there any plans to consult local residents over possible changes to the 393 bus route?
Answer from the Mayor:
Route 393 was extended from Holloway to Chalk Farm in July 2007, following a public
consultation during 2006. The extension is well used and has met TfL’s passenger usage
forecasts. However, there were local concerns with buses running along some of the
newly-served roads.

Therefore TfL will be re-consulting those originally consulted, in order to better understand
the views of users, residents, the Councils, London TravelWatch and other stakeholders. This
will commence in March. Consultees will be made aware of the suggested alternative so that
they can consider this option in their responses.

Taxi bill from PQT
Question No: 428 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Given that the PQT event in Hillingdon was over by 8.30pm, why was the GLA taxi bill a full
£1,000 that evening? Who wasn’t able to get home by public transport, and why?
Answer from the Mayor:
Long after the audience left, staff stayed to organise media interviews, clear up the hall and
deal with enquiries. 17 taxis were booked through the GLA account to take GLA staff and
panel speakers home.

Most cabs had two or three staff in them sharing the ride - this included the Mayor who
shared a taxi with three advisors.

Staff safety is paramount, not least following an incident in March 2002 where an employee
was hurt in a mugging on their way home from PQT. The venue is at least a 15 minute bus
ride away from the nearest Tube or mainline Overground station.
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Maintenance of Pavements
Question No: 429 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
I have noticed recently the poor state of repair on the Edgware Road and the Marylebone
Road and would like to know when they will be properly repaired. How much will TfL spend
on road and pavement maintenance on its network in the current financial year? How much
will TfL spend on road and pavement maintenance on its network in the next financial year?

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Answer from the Mayor:
TfL undertakes a combination of frequent safety inspections and regular condition surveys to
ensure that its carriageways and footways are in good repair, and that treatment or renewal
takes place at the optimum juncture taking into account costs and traffic disruption.

Routine and reactive repairs of defects are funded by TfL’s revenue budget. The revenue
expenditure for Transport for London Network (TLRN) carriageways and footways is
£6.4m in 08/09 and £6.2m in 09/10.

Capital expenditure on the TLRN in 2008/09 is expected to be £22.9m on carriageways and
£6.2m on footways. For 2009/10, the budget figures are £16.1m and £5.7m respectively.
The condition of the network has been improving over recent years, thus the reduction in
expenditure in 2009/10 which will still enable maintaining the TLRN carriageways and
footways in a state of good repair.
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PQTs
Question No: 430 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Of the 13 ad hoc informal People’s Question Times your administration has scheduled
between 2009 and 2012, nine are in Conservative-held Assembly seats. Four are in
Labour-held Assembly seats, but each of these is in the outer part of the constituency, where
the Conservative vote is concentrated.
It appears to me that taxpayers’ money is being spent on events whose central purpose is to
consolidate the Tory vote and boost your electoral prospects for 2012. Can you explain what
criteria you have used to decide where the question times will be held?
Answer from the Mayor:
The selection criteria for all the People’s Question Time events (statutory and non-statutory)
were planned as one project.

The selection criteria for venues for the events was to try and visit as many boroughs and
Assembly Member constituencies as possible within the term of this Mayoralty.

Because we (GLA) are now re-visiting constituencies, wherever possible (subject to
identifying a venue of suitable audience size and availability) our aim was to hold the event in
a different borough to any previous PQT.
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Fares in Manchester
Question No: 431 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Why is it that Manchester commuters have been given a fares freeze for 2009 on their trams,
for example, while we in London have been burdened with an average 6 per cent rise on our
fares in 2009?
Answer from the Mayor:
It is true that season tickets for tram use were frozen in January 2009. However, other tram
fares and all bus and rail fares increased significantly (by up to 16%) in Manchester last
January.
Our increase is in line with the TfL business plan, as agreed with Government to increase by
RPI 1 percent.
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Circle Line closed
Question No: 432 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Why was the circle line closed on the 2nd of February 2009, when almost all the line is
underground?




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Answer from the Mayor:
Because of the difficulty getting drivers in to work on 2 February, London Underground (LU)
put in place a simplified service pattern to more efficiently manage its use of drivers. For
example, Metropolitan line trains reversed at Baker Street so they didn’t become trapped in
the City; Hammersmith & City trains handled traffic across the top of the Circle; and District
line trains handled the load out to Barking and beyond. This strategy allowed LU to maintain
service across approximately 80 percent of the network.

As users of the Circle line know, its service is often curtailed in times of emergency because it
shares track with other lines and its passengers can be served by those other lines, albeit with
additional transfers.

If this had not been done, service on the Hammersmith branch, District line and Metropolitan
line would have suffered to the detriment of a far greater number of passengers.
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Jubliee Line Service
Question No: 433 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Given that the Jubilee line is the newest on the Tube I am shocked at the appalling service it
has been providing in recent weeks. How can these repeated closures possibly be justified and
what are you doing to ensure Tubelines achieves its service agreement with regards to the
level of disruption?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Jubilee line is one of the first major line upgrades and the planned weekend closures on
the line are to allow Tube Lines to undertake the critical work required.

When it is completed the upgrade will increase capacity by a third, reduce customer journey
time by over 20 per cent and enhance reliability.

The upgrade involves completely re-signalling the line and fitting trains and stations with
state of the art equipment that will allow trains to be driven automatically. As a result trains
will be faster and more frequent, with passengers waiting less time on platforms.

Line upgrades are complex engineering projects and installing new signalling across a whole
line requires extensive work at track level and therefore significant access to the line outside
of normal engineering hours. Closing parts of the line on some weekends is essential to
facilitate the work. As work has intensified on the upgrade, London Underground has agreed
closures to enable Tube Lines to carry out this work and complete it on time.

London Underground regrets any inconvenience caused to our customers as a result of these
improvement works, but emphasises that this work is essential and without it, late running,
delay and crowding will get worse.
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Earls Court Gyratory
Question No: 434 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
The one-way system at the Earls Court Gyratory is effectively splitting the local community,
preventing residents from moving freely around their local area. Will you instruct TfL to look
at this gyratory with a view to replacing the one way system with two-way traffic, as has been
agreed for the Tottenham gyratory?
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TfL has previously considered the impacts of restoring the Earls Court Gyratory to two way
working. There are a number of kerb-side parking and loading bays in this area which would
need to be removed to allow for two way operation as much of the Gyratory is too narrow.
Providing only one lane in each direction would not provide sufficient traffic capacity and
would create congestion. Removing the loading and parking bays would clearly also have a
negative impact on local businesses and severely limit parking opportunities for local
residents. TfL has no plans therefore to remove the Earls Court gyratory.
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Farms in Hillingdon
Question No: 435 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How many farms are there in the London Borough of Hillingdon? How many are given over
to arable farming, how many have livestock, and how many of each will be lost due to the
planned expansion of Heathrow?
Answer from the Mayor:
Information about farm numbers and types are not collected by borough, but according to the
Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ 2007 Agricultural and
Horticultural Survey there were 148 agricultural or horticultural holdings in the western and
north-western part of Outer London. Of these, 20 were used for grazing livestock, 13 for
horticulture, 5 were mixed and 94 described as “other”. The numbers in other categories were
so small that the data was not included in the survey results to prevent disclosure of
information about individual holdings. It is not known how many holdings might be affected
by the proposed third runway at Heathrow.
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London Schools’ Environment Awards
Question No: 436 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
To recap on my previous questions (2629/2008 and 2841/2008), which you declined to
answer properly, regarding the demise of the London Schools’ Environment Awards. Your
previous answer volunteered information on various projects which are available to schools in
the UK but failed specifically to mention the involvement of any London schools in any of
those schemes.
Will you please now tell me how many London schools are actively involved in each of the
schemes you listed in your previous answer?
Answer from the Mayor:
As of Wednesday 18 February registrations of London schools in the previously mentioned
environmental schemes were as follows:

Eco Schools
464 of London’s primary and secondary schools have registered an interest in this
programme.

Generation Green
422 London schools (330 primary, 95 secondary, 17 special needs) registered an interest in
taking part in this annual award.

Green School Awards
To date 3 London primary schools have registered for this award in 2009.

Water Wise Schools Programme

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No details available as schools do not have to register.

The Pod
324 London schools (246 primary, 78 secondary) registered an interest in this programme.

Appetite for Action
This scheme was launched in January 2009 and to date 70 primary schools in London have
registered for this programme.
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Green Man Phasing on the Edgware Road
Question No: 437 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How long is the green man crossing phase on each of the crossings on the Edgware Road?
How do they compare with DfT guidance on crossing times?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has supplied a list of the pedestrian crossing times for each traffic signal site on Edgware
Road (Marble Arch to Clifton Gardens) and this attached as Appendix C. Pedestrian crossing
timings are dependant upon the width of the crossing. All sites on the attached list are
compliant with SQA0064; the traffic signal design standard for London, which is aligned with
Department for Transport guidance and has been in place since 1995.
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Green Man Phasing on the Marylebone Road
Question No: 438 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How long is the green man crossing phase on each of the crossings on the Marylebone Road?
How do they compare with DfT guidance on crossing times?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has supplied a list of the pedestrian crossing times for each traffic signal site on
Marylebone Road (Old Marylebone Road to Great Portland Street), and this is attached as
Appendix D. Pedestrian crossing timings are dependant upon the width of the crossing. All
sites on the attached list are compliant with SQA0064; the traffic signal design standard for
London, which is aligned with Department for Transport guidance and has been in place since
1995.
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Numbers of Vehicles in London
Question No: 440 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How many motorised vehicles are there in London? How many are lorries, buses, taxis and
other commercial vehicles and how many privately owned cars and P2Ws are there in
London? What proportion of those vehicles are powered by diesel, petrol and electricity?
Answer from the Mayor:
Vehicles licensed (in thousand vehicles) in the London region in 2007 (source Department for
Transport) are as follows:


        Cars      Motor       Light       Heavy      Buses and       Other        Total
                  cycles      Goods       Goods       Coaches       Vehicles1
       2,588       123         223          25             21          30         3,010

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1   Includes rear diggers, lift trucks, rollers, ambulances, taxis, three wheelers and agricultural vehicles


The percentages of licensed vehicles in London by body type and propulsion type as at
31.12.07 (source DfT) are:
                                  %         %                      %             %
    Body Type
                                Diesel  Electricity              Petrol         Other
    Cars                          14.8%       0.0%                 84.7%          0.5%
    Motorcycles                    0.1%       0.1%                 99.9%          0.0%
    Goods - Light                 88.8%       0.2%                 10.0%          1.0%
    Goods - Heavy                 98.9%       0.3%                  0.7%          0.0%
    Buses and
    Coaches                        92.4%              0.1%            7.3%            0.2%
    Other                          86.3%              3.5%            9.5%            0.7%

In terms of traffic on the roads, the average daily vehicle flows on major roads in London by
vehicle type are shown below (in thousand vehicles per day). The source is again the
Department for Transport.


    Cars         Motor         Light          Heavy        Buses and           Other           Total
                 cycles        Goods          Goods         Coaches           Vehicles
     24.8          0.8           3.8            1.4             0.7               -             31.4



Cost of Life Lost in Road Accidents
Question No: 441 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
What is the financial cost of each life lost in road accidents? What are the totals for London
each year?
Answer from the Mayor:
A valuation of road accidents and casualties is given annually in the Department for
Transport’s ‘Road Casualties Great Britain’ publication. The latest version covers 2007 and
values a fatality at £1.65M at 2007 prices. This valuation includes the human costs, the direct
economic costs (loss of output) and medical costs. Of course, this pales in significance when
one considers the emotional cost to the families who have lost loved ones, which is
incalculable.


Cost of Hospital Admissions due to Poor Air Quality
Question No: 442 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
There are over a thousand hospital admissions in London each year as a result of our poor air
quality. What is the financial cost of this to London? - please include the cost to the NHS, and
the cost of working hours lost.
Answer from the Mayor:
The GLA does not hold such information.


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Without a detailed breakdown of the nature and length of treatment required for each hospital
admission related to air quality, it is not possible to calculate accurately the cost. The NHS
has calculated that the cost of treating respiratory conditions ranges from approximately
£790 to approximately £3375 per episode so the total cost to our health services is
considerable.

Similarly, it is not possible to calculate the cost of working hours lost without more detailed
information.

However, with or without more detailed identification of the specific costs, I am concerned
about the impact of poor air quality on public health and am determined to ensure relevant
strategies and programmes focus on action to improve the situation.
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Cost of Lives Cut Short Due to Poor Air Quality
Question No: 443 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
At least 1,000 lives a year are cut short in London because of our poor air quality. How much
does this cost London’s economy?
Answer from the Mayor:
I refer you to my reply to MQ 442. In addition, far more worrying than straightforward
economic considerations are the personal costs borne by individuals and families affected by
long-term illness and premature death.
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Borough Market Under Threat
Question No: 444 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
In your new-found role as champion of London’s markets, will you look into the rent increases
currently being imposed at Borough Market and join with me in urging Network Rail to
maintain the current ethos of the market and its surrounding shops by keeping independent
traders there and resisting the urge to put rents up to exclude all but the big chain brands.
Answer from the Mayor:
I have great sympathy with the concerns expressed by traders and aficionados of Borough
market alike. I have the great pleasure of working a stone’s throw away.

I think everyone involved in the project is all too aware of the need to balance the demands of
upgrading the infrastructure and protecting and preserving the heritage and atmosphere of
the market. I am sure Network Rail appreciate how important this market is to Londoners,
and that it retains its unique selling point as a place for unique independent traders.

I will make sure this point is raised in our dialogue with Network Rail.
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Removing the WEZ
Question No: 445 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
What impact does TfL advise that removing the WEZ will have on traffic numbers in the
area? Will vehicle numbers be monitored specifically in the zone and will you publish these
figures? If numbers are predicted or shown to rise, what will you do to mitigate for this?
Answer from the Mayor:


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If the performance of the road network remains at current levels, TfL estimates that removing
the western extension to the Central London congestion charging scheme would increase
traffic entering the extension area during charging hours by 10-15% over current levels.
Traffic circulating within the area would rise by some 7-12%.

It is important to state that the congestion rate did not change following the introduction of
the WEZ.

TfL intends to monitor key traffic volume indicators to assess the impacts of the removal of
the scheme and will publish the results in due course.

As I have previously described, I am already working with TfL on a range of measures to:

    -   Reviewing traffic signals
    -   Working with utility providers to manage roadworks more effectively
    -   Allowing motorcycles to use red route bus lanes on a trial basis from Jauary 2009
    -   Improving procedures to respond more efficiently to incidents which cause congestion
    -   Reviewing schemes that could reduce the capacity of the road network
    -   Promoting walking and cycling
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Charging P2Ws for Parking
Question No: 446 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
Do you agree with Westminster Council’s policy to charge powered two wheelers (P2Ws)for
parking?
Answer from the Mayor:
As you will be aware I have stated that, where possible, I do not want to dictate to the
boroughs in areas where the remit for action lies with them.

However, I am keen to encourage the use of motorcycles in London, as evidenced by my
recent announcement to allow motorcycles in bus lanes on the TLRN. I will ask TfL to
discuss with Westminster as to whether the introduction of this payment has led to a
reduction in the number of people using motorcycles in central London.

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Electric Charging Points
Question No: 447 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
How energy intensive are the electric charging points for cars in London? What guarantees
do you have from edf that they are using electricity from sustainable sources?
Answer from the Mayor:
Electric Vehicles are more energy efficient than internal combustion vehicles- even when
taking into account the existing UK power generation mix, especially if we can ensure more
people recharge overnight.

In addition, my officers are in regular contact with EDF and other energy providers to discuss
how we further develop the recharging of EV’s using renewable energy.
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Black Cab Fare Rises
Question No: 448 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
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How is the 3.4 per cent fares increase going to help the cab trade when we already have very
long queues of taxis going around the block at taxi ranks outside rail stations at peak times?
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Answer from the Mayor:
It is not possible to say whether a smaller increase would have any material effect on the long
queues of taxis, which are the result of general economic conditions, however drivers'
organisations were in favour of the rise.

Taxi fares are based on a cost index in use since 1981 and agreed with the taxi trade. It
combines changes in operating costs and national average earnings to produce a change in
average fares. Increases in taxi fares are retrospective and, this year, reflect changes in taxi
operating costs over the year to December 2008.

The current low levels of price inflation and changes in average earnings will be reflected in
the fare revision likely to take place in early April 2010.
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Russian Winter Festival
Question No: 449 / 2009
Murad Qureshi
The Russian Winter Festival in Trafalgar Square, which was launched under your
predecessor, did not take place this year. Given the popularity of this event among London’s
Russian community in particular, and the importance to London’s economy of close relations
with the BRICs, can you explain why it was cancelled?
Answer from the Mayor:
It was not that the Russian Winter Festival event was cancelled, but that we did not receive a
proposal from the previous organisers to stage an event that we could support.

However, we did receive an alternative proposal, which was supported by the Moscow City
Government, Russian Embassy, Pushkin House and Russian Speaking Community Council,
to support an event that celebrates ‘Maslenitsa’. Funding of £40,000 (LDA event funding)
has been made available to support this event, which is being held on Potters Fields Park on 1
March.

Maslenitsa is a pre-Lent festival, akin to a week-long version of Shrove Tuesday and is a
Russian celebration that has survived the Soviet period and has recently experienced a strong
revival in Russia.

Maslenitsa will celebrate the contribution made by the Russian community to the capital’s
cultural and commercial life and provide a unique opportunity for the wider community to
share in and enjoy the richness and diversity of Russian culture. The event, through the
profile it will have in Russia, will aid in the promotion of London to Russia for inward
investment.
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Cricket Facilities in East London
Question No: 450 / 2009
John Biggs
There is a huge demand for Cricket facilities in East London. Will the Mayor consider this
demand in studies for the use of the Olympic Park after the Games?
Answer from the Mayor:
As you are aware we recently announced plans for the legacy of the Olympic Park after the
2012 Games. At the heart of the Olympic Park will be a world-class athletics stadium capable
of hosting major international athletics championships and other potential sporting and
leisure events. Other sporting venues will include the Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome


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which will be complemented by a range of new facilities for sports in and around the Park,
such as football, hockey, tennis and mountain biking.

In delivering the legacy from the 2012 Games I remain open to exploring additional ideas for
maximising sporting usage of the main stadium and the Olympic Park.
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Dial a Ride
Question No: 452 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Why is TfL performing 16% below target on this service?
Answer from the Mayor:
When setting this target, TfL anticipated that a new computerised scheduling system would
be fully operational in 2007/08. TfL anticipated that by deriving operational efficiencies from
using the new system, the number of journeys made by customers would rise to 1.4million in
2008/09. There were technical problems with the system however and it did not become
fully operational throughout London until 1 September 2008.

In 2008 /09 Dial-a-Ride forecasts to complete 1.2m trips by year end.

However, having fully completed the rollout of the new system, in 2009/10 TfL is planning to
provide 1.4million trips.
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Blackwall Tunnel (1)
Question No: 453 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What is the timetable for the works to take place, which would ensure the restoration of the
tidal flow at the Blackwall tunnel?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked TfL to examine the options that would permit reinstatement of tidal flow at
Blackwall Tunnel without putting lives and the continued operation of the tunnels at undue
risk. This will include a review of the technical and legislative requirements to safely improve
traffic flows there. I am expecting the findings to be reported in the next few
weeks. However, I am aware that the legal processes and control infrastructure required,
provided a safety case can be established, are complicated and time consuming. I cannot
therefore currently give you a timescale.
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Blackwall Tunnel (2)
Question No: 454 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What has been the response of the private sector to the invitation to tender for works at the
Blackwall Tunnel?
Answer from the Mayor:
Tenders for the Blackwall Tunnel Northbound Refurbishment contract have been returned
and are currently being evaluated by TfL for quality and cost.

This process will be completed by June 2009. Unfortunately, we cannot say how many tenders
have been received for commercial reasons and in the mean time it is necessary to apply strict
confidentiality during the procurement process.


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Vauxhall Underground Station
Question No: 455 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
This station interfaces with a major bus station, why is it not considered to be a core priority
for disability access works?
Answer from the Mayor:
Vauxhall Tube station has been identified as a priority for a congestion relief and step-free
access scheme, however funding to start this work is not available until the later years of the
current TfL business plan.
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Traffic Lights
Question No: 456 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
1. How many traffic lights have been rephased since May 2008?
2. Of these on how many will pedestrians now have to wait longer between pedestrian light
phases?
3. How many have lengthened the total time available to cars on the green light?
4. How many have lengthened the total time available to pedestrians on the green light for
pedestrians?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked TfL to brief you on these detailed issues. They will contact you to arrange this.
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TfL Operational Costs Review
Question No: 457 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
1. Which departments and budget heads are being examined to find potential cost savings
under the OCR?
2. Which departments and budget heads have been exempted from budget savings under
OCR?
3. What % of TfL’s total revenue expenditure is not being subjected to OCR?
Answer from the Mayor:
1. The review focused on operating costs associated with TfL's non-frontline services. The
review was undertaken on a functional basis, i.e. examining aspects such as finance,
procurement, HR rather than taking a department by department perspective.

2. The principal areas of expenditure excluded from the review are capital expenditure, PPP
and PFI contracts, LU and Bus operations and policing expenditure.

3. Approximately 69% of operating expenditure (based on the 2008/9 forecast) is excluded
from the review and is associated with the activities listed in 2. However, there are separate
activities underway to establish the potential for cost reductions in the areas excluded from
the OCR. This links to work within the OCR to develop a culture of continuous cost
reduction across all areas of expenditure.
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Cycling
Question No: 458 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Do you thinks that the creating of more bus lanes and the congestion charging zone have
contributed to the increase in cycling in London since 2000 and why do you not mention these
in your answer to question 75/2009?
Answer from the Mayor:
The list of measures referred to in my answer to question 75/2009 focused on cycling specific
initiatives and was not intended to be either definitive or comprehensive. There is no doubt
that measures designed to constrain growth in motor traffic, such as the introduction of
congestion charging and increased provision of bus lanes, have also contributed to the
development of cycling in London, particularly where this has raised awareness of cycling as a
practical choice, increased cycling priority or in some other way improved the cycling
experience.
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Barking/Gospel Oak Line
Question No: 459 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Will you be including plans to electrify this line in your transport strategy So that it can enjoy
the benefits of the new “electric” rolling stock being used elsewhere in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
My transport strategy will include ways in which we can improve the efficiency and reduce
the environmental impact of the transport network, which will include electrification of
transport modes. I strongly support the electrification of this route which would bring
substantial benefits. This brings benefits to passenger services, but there are also great
benefits in terms of air quality and reduction in carbon emissions from having the growing
freight traffic on this route hauled electrically. TfL are pressing the case for this with
Network Rail as part of the Network route utilisation strategy. The freight operator EWS
has also previously identified this route as one where in-fill electrification would be
particularly worthwhile.
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Bus Driver Pay
Question No: 460 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Please list the current rates of pay per hour for drivers on each bus route in London. Please
give the Operators’ name for each route.
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL continuously assesses whether drivers’ rates of pay are competitive in the labour market.
Bus companies generally have different pay scales dependant on length of service. A high
proportion of drivers are allocated to garage rotas that involve working on more than one
route.

While there is not a wide variation in the value of packages for staff across the companies in
the same areas, how this is made up, and how pay is structured will vary substantially.
Agreements will vary, to some degree, in every area, including starter rates and progression
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TfL therefore assesses the average earnings of drivers, together with their overall
employment conditions. As a guide, established drivers, usually those with over one year’s
service would be paid typically in the range of £500 per week.

TfL officers would be pleased to meet with you to discuss this in more detail, if required.
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Traffic Congestion in West London
Question No: 461 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
I am unclear from your answer to question 88/2009 exactly what mechanisms TfL are
considering using to reduce traffic congestion after the planned removal of the Western
Extension. Please list the approaches and changes being considered?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is considering using, or has already started to implement, a range of mechanisms to tackle
congestion (details in Appendix E). These are:

   -   Reviewing traffic signals
   -   Working with utility providers to manage roadworks more effectively
   -   Improving procedures to respond more efficiently to incidents which cause congestion
   -   Reviewing schemes that could reduce the capacity of the road network
   -   Promoting walking and cycling

TfL is engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to review further ways in which traffic
flows can be smoothed. Such measures will be important more broadly across the network
and also in relation to the Western Extension zone terms of mitigating potential impacts of
removing the Western Extension. Further to your question 456/2009 TfL intend to brief you
on their work to smooth traffic flow.
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New Routemaster buses (1)
Question No: 462 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What is your estimated financial outlay between 2008- 2012 to bring prototype routemaster
buses into use? What budget allocations have been made into TfL Business Plan?
Answer from the Mayor:
The estimated value of the contract to design, develop, trial and deliver the prototypes will be
in the order of £3m as stated in the TfL Business Plan. The plan anticipates £1.5m being
spent in 2010/11 and £1.5m in 2011/12.

The capital cost of manufacturing the new vehicles will be spread over a sufficient volume of
vehicles to make the new bus for London competitive with comparable bus types. This process
will be managed through the normal bus route contract process.
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New Routemaster buses (2)
Question No: 463 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Do you intend to make it a specification of your new Routemasters that they are capable of
operating in four inches of snow, a feat that seems to be beyond London’s current fleet,
although apparently quite normal in other cities?
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Snow clearance is best dealt with by specialist vehicles fitted with the appropriate equipment,
and the new bus for London will be no less or more suitable to operate in the event of
exceptionally heavy snowfall than the rest of London’s (and the Uk’s) buses.

In areas of the world where prolonged snow cover is a seasonal event, vehicles including buses
might be fitted with snow chains or studded tyres. The Commissioner estimated during his
session with the GLA Transport Committee recently that it could take up to 10 days to fit all
8,000 buses in the TfL fleet with snow chains. As you know buses started to operate again
during late morning on February 2 and by the end of the afternoon when conditions improved
there were roughly 1,700 buses in service. A near-normal service was operating the following
day.
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“Independent review” of Bus Services (1)
Question No: 464 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Please explain the scope objectives of the review of bus services being led by Stephen Norris
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked TfL to commission this review as part of ensuring that the network continues to
meet the needs of Londoners while delivering value for money.

It will consider three key areas. Firstly it will look at how the bus network is planned and
developed. Secondly it will consider the contracting system to assess whether changes could
be made which would deliver better efficiency or lower costs. Thirdly it will assess the
performance of London’s bus network against other systems, both nationally and
internationally, in relation to areas such as service levels, subsidy, fares and passenger usage.

The scope of the review was agreed by the TfL Board. It will report to TfL’s Surface
Transport Panel, chaired by Steve Norris. It is envisaged that the work will be complete by
the end of June 2009.
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“Independent review” of Bus Services (2)
Question No: 465 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Please list the technical studies being carried out in pursuance of this review
Answer from the Mayor:
Please refer to my answer to 464/2008, which confirmed the three key areas that would be
reviewed as part of the review.
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Bombardier (1)
Question No: 466 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
How are delays in carriage construction at Bombardier affecting TfL and what are you doing
to help resolve this situation?
Answer from the Mayor:
The delay is not impacting on the current London Overground service, although the existing
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TfL has ordered a new fleet of 20 brand new Class 378 electric trains, which are due to come in
public service in spring 2009. These will address overcrowding on certain sections of the
network in the peak periods.

TfL meets regularly with Bombardier and has worked with them to implement measures in
the production process that will address the late delivery of the trains. The late delivery is due
to Bombardier and it’s subcontractor having difficulty in obtaining parts for CCTV, passenger
displays and some software.

We expect all trains of the fleet for the existing London Overground network to be delivered
this year.

Bombardier (2)
Question No: 467 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What penalties will Bombardier suffer as a result in the delays on delivering of DLR Rail
Cars?
Answer from the Mayor:
The contract between DLR and Bombardier provides for the payment of liquidated damages
in respect of late deliveries of vehicles. Liquidated damages have been levied on vehicles so far
delivered late and are available should there be future late deliveries.
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TfL Board – conflicts of interest
Question No: 468 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Has Peter Anderson personally supervised any negotiations involving Canary Wharf Group
and Crossrail?
Answer from the Mayor:
Peter Anderson is the Managing Director, Finance of the Canary Wharf Group and is a
member of the executive team that did negotiate, on behalf of Canary Wharf Group, with
Cross London Rail Links, TfL and the Department for Transport in relation to the Crossrail
Canary Wharf Station development agreement and related contracts. However, he does not
participate in any TfL Board or Committee discussions or negotiations on behalf of TfL in
which he has a direct or indirect, pecuniary or non-pecuniary interest.


TravelWatch Casework
Question No: 469 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What is TfL’s target for responding to TravelWatch casework? What is TfL’s latest
performance against this target?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL takes very seriously the need to deal with casework in a prompt and efficient manner. It
is working collaboratively with London TravelWatch to arrive at clear targets and reporting
arrangements as part of London TravelWatch’s own review of its case handling procedures.

TfL aims to close all straightforward cases within twenty working days. However, it is not
possible to close all cases within this period because a number require further investigation
and follow-up after an initial investigation has taken place. This often involves obtaining
additional information from third parties.

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Following the introduction of new working arrangements TfL has improved the closure rate
within twenty working days compared to last year. In January, 75 per cent of cases were
closed within twenty working days and in February 100% were closed within twenty working
days.


Elephant & Castle (1)
Question No: 471 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
In answer to my question 107/2009 you said that “initial qualified cost information” would
become available in January. Has that information been provided to Southwark Council?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes – the information has been provided to Southwark Council as agreed.
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Elephant & Castle (2)
Question No: 472 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What progress has been made on agreeing a new plan for the southern roundabout at
Elephant & Castle? When can my constituents expect to see work starting to replace the
deeply unpopular pedestrian tunnels with safe surface level crossing points?
Answer from the Mayor:
The layout for the latest revision proposed at the southern roundabout has been agreed in
principle with the London Borough of Southwark, pending the traffic modelling study that is
currently being undertaken by TfL. Numerous safety checks of the design are also being
progressed and TfL will undertake an assessment of the operational validity of the scheme
towards the end of Spring 2009. Following approval, TfL would then proceed to detailed
design. The aim is to be on site in early 2010 with a completion of the construction works
towards the end of the summer 2010. A more detailed delivery programme will be provided
during the detailed design stage.
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Emergency Rail Summit (1)
Question No: 473 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
We are now almost 10 months into your term. Have you set a date, agenda and invitation list
for your “Emergency Public Rail Summit”? If so, what are they?
Answer from the Mayor:
Considerable progress had been made in working with the train operating companies. Earlier
this year we announced improvement to passenger safety, which included an additional 50
BTP officers. Furthermore, I am confident that a resolution to Oyster ticketing on National
Rail will be agreed shortly.

There are still many issues that we need to address that I will want to discuss with the Train
Operating Companies and a rail summit would provide a useful focus for doing so. However, I
have instructed TfL to work to continue with discussions to progress these issues.
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Emergency Rail Summit (2)
Question No: 474 / 2009

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Valerie Shawcross
Please outline the “on-going work to support the summit” referred to in answer to my
question 103/2009?
Answer from the Mayor:
Considerable progress had been made in working with the train operating companies. Earlier
this year we announced improvement to passenger safety, which included an additional 50
BTP officers. Furthermore, I am confident that a resolution to Oyster ticketing on National
Rail will be agreed shortly.

There are still many issues that we need to address that I will want to discuss with the Train
Operating Companies and a rail summit would provide a useful focus for doing so. However, I
have instructed TfL to work to continue with discussions to progress these issues.
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East London Line Phase 2b (1)
Question No: 475 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
How much will the project cost to deliver? How much is being funded by TfL and how much
by DfT?
Answer from the Mayor:
The extension will cost approximately £75 million.

The DfT is providing £60 million and TfL are contributing £15 million.
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East London Line Phase 2b (2)
Question No: 476 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Please could you outline your current position on Surrey Canal Road Station? When will the
Value for Money Assessment be completed?
Answer from the Mayor:
The cost of a new station at Surrey Canal Road (SCR) is not provided within the current
funding allocation.

Construction of the station will be considered as part of the regeneration scheme for the area
and will be dependent on a value for money assessment that TfL is carrying out over the next
six months.


Cross River Tram
Question No: 477 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Will you provide the information referred to in answer to question 100/2009, particularly the
technically preferred route, to the Cross River Partnership and the relevant boroughs so that
they can consider whether it is feasible for them to take over the promotion of the scheme?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes, I am happy to provide the relevant information to the boroughs and Cross River
Partnership, and have asked TfL to do this.
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Question No: 478 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
The BBC have reported that more than half of the original fleet of bikes in the Parisian Velib
scheme have been stolen or broken, putting the financial viability of the scheme at risk. What
plans to do have to ensure that the scheme in London will be more robust?
Answer from the Mayor:
As part of the feasibility study TfL looked at several other Cycle Hire schemes to ensure that
they learnt from other operators experiences.

The following additional measures will be taken to minimise theft of cycles in London:

Docking point design - docking points will be designed to facilitate the secure docking of
bicycles and users will be encouraged to use docking points wherever possible. We are
deliberately not providing locks with scheme bicycles to dissuade users from leaving bicycles
where they might be at risk of theft or damage.

CCTV coverage - each docking station site will be assessed to determine whether it is covered
by existing CCTV coverage. If there is no existing CCTV coverage, consideration will be
given to installing additional equipment.
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Bendy Buses and Cyclists
Question No: 479 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Do you regret falsely claiming that bendy buses “wipe out cyclists, there are many cyclists
killed every year by them”?
Answer from the Mayor:
I think it is odd that there are still defenders of a bus that is more polluting, more dangerous
to cyclists and lost £12m in fare evasion last year.
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First Capital Connect Ticket Office Cuts
Question No: 480 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
Have TfL discussed this issue with the DfT as indicated in your answer to question 99/2009?
If so please provide a brief summary of the discussion.
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL have made this point to the relevant DfT Rail officials both in the context of First Capital
Connect (FCC) and also the South Central refranchise, where TfL will pay to ensure that
there is station staffing for the whole traffic day. DfT’s officials note that there are some
reductions in ticket office transactions, and that the matter will be dealt under the terms of
their franchise agreement with FCC.

It is everyone’s right to travel safely and free from the fear of crime. This is also why I
recently announced the funding of a further 50 British Transport Police officers to patrol train
stations and transport hubs in outer London. London Overground stations are also staffed
from the first to the last train.

East Thames Buses
Question No: 481 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross

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What do you consider to be the pros and cons of TfL ownership of East Thames Buses?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is undertaking market testing is to establish what the pros and cons of operating East
Thames Buses in the private sector or in-house might be. The tender process will look at
which option offers best value for money, taking into consideration matters like reliability and
good-quality services.
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Bus service risk management
Question No: 482 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What plans does TfL have in place to ensure that bus services can be maintained should any of
London’s bus companies go into administration?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL has a comprehensive programme of risk management for all of its activities. This
includes continually monitoring key suppliers, including bus companies financial performance
and assessing their viability as part of the ongoing tender evaluation process.

As part of the bus contracting arrangements, guarantees are obtained from the parent
company under which they guarantee financial and operational performance for the duration
of the contracts. The obligations on the parent are not discharged by the operator going into
administration.

In the event of a company going into administration, and the support of a parent company was
no longer available, TfL would work with the administrator, and where appropriate other
operators, to ensure continued performance of the services to passengers.
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343 Bus
Question No: 483 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
It is now more than a year since TfL came to meet with local residents around Southampton
Way to discuss their complaints about the 343. TfL pledged to do some research into this
issue and to take action to improve the service, however we are yet to see any tangible
improvement in the service. We have also received further complaints about this route from
residents of Ivydale Road, who complain that the buses regularly break the 20mph speed
limit. Will you ensure that TfL provides an urgent action plan to address the problems
affecting this vital route which serves areas with few alternative public transport options?
Answer from the Mayor:
Route 343 is scheduled to run every six to seven minutes at most times. Tfl consider that the
scheduled capacity is sufficient, but are keeping this under regular review.

Changes were made to service control arrangements and the intervals between buses at peak
times became more regular as a result, however this has deteriorated again recently. I have
asked Tfl to ensure that service is improved immediately.

The operator will also monitor the speed of buses on Ivydale Road and will take appropriate
action any bus driver found to have exceeded the speed limit here.

Bus service price benchmarking
Question No: 484 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
How does TfL benchmark the cost of running bus services to ensure that Londoners are
getting a value for money service from private bus companies?
Answer from the Mayor:
Over the past 25 years of competitive tendering, TfL has developed a comprehensive set of
parameters for assessing, comparing and updating the costs associated with operating bus
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Benchmarks include the cost per mile, the cost per vehicle operated, together with an in-depth
analysis of tendered labour costs, fuel, equipment, parts and general maintenance expenditure.
Company/garage overheads are also taken into account as are supervision and cleaning costs.

Comparisons with TfL’s estimates are also made to ensure that good value for money is being
obtained in the competitive market and in the negotiations with the bus companies.
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Dangerous Dogs
Question No: 485 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What steps have you taken since our meeting on 12 November towards addressing the
problem of dangerous dogs in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
I recognise the very real problem posed by dangerous dogs. After discussion with my Deputy
Mayor, the MPA has approved the establishment of an MPS specialist status dog unit,
consisting of a sergeant, five constables and a member of police staff. This unit will commence
operation on 2 March 2009. The unit will provide a single point of contact internally and for
partners, an enforcement role through intelligence led deployments/tasking, and a source of
expertise to support the criminal justice processes. The RSPCA is actively supporting the
unit.

The London Dangerous Dog Forum (LDDF), chaired by the MPS, brings together animal
welfare, local authority and other partners to address London-wide concerns. The LDDF will
promulgate good practice, and develop problem-solving approaches. The GLA is working
with the LDDF to bring together data from a range of agencies to develop targeted work in
the areas of London with the greatest problems.

My Deputy Mayor has also met with RSPCA to discuss a coordinated effort with them to
bring about legislative change.
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Clapham Omnibus
Question No: 486 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
The three Clapham Northern Line stations regularly have to be closed due to dangerous
levels of congestion. Will you consider increasing bus capacity to link Clapham to the City at
least until such time as the Northern Line capacity can be increased?
Answer from the Mayor:
Whilst there is no direct bus service from Clapham to the City, route 155 provides links to
Elephant and Castle where easy interchange is available to all services to/from the City. The
155 has spare passenger capacity in the Clapham area northbound in the morning peak and
southbound in the evening. There is no current need to increase capacity on this corridor.

I will ask TfL to increase the awareness of this bus service to underground users in the area.
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Project slippage
Question No: 487 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What action are you taking to address the large number of “red light” performance issues in
TfL’s Q3 Investment Performance?


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Answer from the Mayor:
The majority of the large and complex infrastructure projects and programmes covered in the
TfL Quarter 3 Investment Programme report continue to show good progress. A minority of
them have suffered difficulties compared with the milestone target dates identified in the
budget document; however in a number of such cases, this delay will not impact the final
delivery of the planned improvement.

Performance of projects contained within the Investment Programme is reviewed every four
weeks between the Commissioner and the relevant Managing Director in order to ensure
close scrutiny of delivery at the highest level.

In July 2008, TfL implemented a process of Gateway reviews for investment project and
programmes at key lifecycle stages to ensure that they are deliverable, value for money,
affordable, and have reached the correct level of maturity, before they are allowed to progress
to the next stage. This is recognised as industry best practice and should help to minimise
future reported delays.

For each of the major suppliers to TfL ‘s investment programme, a senior manager has been
appointed as a lead contact to ensure that where there are issues with an individual supplier’s
performance, this is dealt with in a systematic manner though supplier action plans.
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Bus Lanes
Question No: 488 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What progress have you made on your pledge to seek greater synchronicity of bus lane
enforcement?
Answer from the Mayor:
For many years, bus lanes have been tailored to the needs and circumstances of each location
and hence there are different times when they are enforceable. I am aware that motorists can
sometimes find this confusing and I have asked TfL to work closely with boroughs to
investigate options for simplifying bus lane operating hours across the network.


No Strike Deal
Question No: 489 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What progress have you made towards negotiating a no strike deal with Tube unions?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked London Underground to begin the process of leading discussions on a no-strike
agreement and there have already been some discussions with the Trade Union General
Secretaries on this matter. It is not appropriate to expect significant developments on this
until the conclusion of next year’s bargaining round.

The important issue in all of this is to ensure that we jointly arrive at a solution which greatly
reduces the inconvenience of industrial action to Tube customers, and we must be creative in
how we achieve this.
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Thames Estuary Airport
Question No: 490 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
When do you anticipate receiving Douglas Oakervee’s “preliminary scoping study” on the
feasibility of a new airport in the Thames Estuary? Will you release his full report to
Members of the Assembly and to the public?
Answer from the Mayor:
This information will be available once Doug Oakervee completes his report; expected around
the end of March.
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Extending the Bakerloo Line
Question No: 491 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
What are your plans regarding possible future extension of the Bakerloo line into South
London? Do you support the development of an extension to a) Camberwell and b) Catford
and what plans have you to pursue these ideas?
Answer from the Mayor:
Preliminary work to look at the feasibility of extending the Bakerloo line south from Elephant
& Castle has been undertaken. However, much more detailed analysis would need to be
carried out before any firm proposals could be developed and this would require significant
additional funding to that currently available.
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Plastic Barriers
Question No: 492 / 2009
Valerie Shawcross
I have been contacted by a constituent who is a keen cyclist, who believes that in many cases
the plastic barriers/railings used to mark out roadworks are not appropriate as they are quite
lightweight, are often not secured to the pavement/road in any way and they fall over in high
winds. Not only can this lead to obstructions on the pavements and roads for pedestrians and
cyclists but my constituent believes there is potential for these barriers to fall onto cyclists
which could cause serious injury. Having seen examples of this myself, what can you do to
work with TfL and utility companies who use these barriers to improve this situation?
Answer from the Mayor:
Transport for London and utility company contractors use a variety of traffic management
equipment to protect works sites, and each is considered to be the most appropriate to a given
set of circumstances and site location. This includes traffic cones, temporary signing, plastic
and concrete barriers. Cones and barriers must comply with current guidance and standards
and TfL’s inspectors ensure that this is the case. Plastic barriers, when used, are generally
either interlocking or water filled except where there is a need for barriers to be easily moved,
for example, in the case of emergency access points.

There are occasions when footway barriers can become dislodged in high winds or displaced
by vandals. TfL’s contractors are required to inspect all traffic management frequently and
this is supplemented by TfL supervisor inspections.

I am keen to see the borough authorities and utility companies sign up to a code of conduct
which will commit them to ensuring that barriers are suitable and that any damage is repaired
quickly.
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London Plan Review
Question No: 493 / 2009
Navin Shah
Will the London Plan review include revised policy guidelines in regard to the listing of
buildings of local interest by borough councils?
Answer from the Mayor:
I do not think that listing of buildings of local interest is a strategic issued which should be
addressed in the London Plan.

However, the revised London Plan will support the boroughs by emphasising the need to
preserve local character and heritage in development decisions. This will ensure that
boroughs’ conservation objectives are given priority in the broader spatial planning and
economic development process.
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Move It
Question No: 494 / 2009
Navin Shah
Will the Mayor join me in commending the impact the Move It project has had on 4,000
young lives in North West London through the Brent North Youth Sports Pilot Project?
Answer from the Mayor:
I most certainly commend the impact that the Move It project has had on young lives in
North West London. Move It is one of a large number of grass-roots initiatives that are
helping to increase access to sport and physical activity for young Londoners. They are
making a valuable contribution to their local communities and to the city as a whole.
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Move It 2
Question No: 495 / 2009
Navin Shah
Move It are attempting to stretch their reach to other parts of London and have been in
discussion with the GLA since July, encouraged by your August announcement of an Olympic
Sporting Legacy Fund. Agreed deadlines have been repeatedly put back, after first being told
a decision would be made in late Summer. Does the Mayor support the efforts of Move It to
expand to other areas of London?
Answer from the Mayor:
No deadlines have been put back. The announcement I made earlier this month of £15.5
million to support initiatives in the 2012 Legacy Plan for Sport was part of my commitment to
meet the challenge to increase participation rates in sport in London.

The head of sport at the GLA has had regular contact with the chief executive of Move It and
with many other organisations that have expressed an interest in the work we are doing on
the Legacy Plan and how they might access the funding. Now that this funding has been
announced, we will be looking to see if and how the various projects, including move IT, fit
into the plan, which will be published in April.
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Stanmore Station
Question No: 496 / 2009
Navin Shah
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days. Fans from the M1 park at Stanmore and take the Jubilee to Wembley Park. With
Wembley as an Olympic venue, what ameliorative measures will the Mayor take to minimise
inconvenience to the residents and other users of Stanmore station?
Answer from the Mayor:
London Underground (LU) is aware that Stanmore station car park experiences a high level
of demand on Wembley Stadium event days.

Currently, in an effort to prevent customers from parking in residential streets around
Stanmore, LU works with NCP and Wembley Stadium to provide secure parking spaces for
events at a number of Metropolitan line car parks including at Watford, Croxley,
Chorleywood, Ickenham, Hillingdon and Ruislip stations. This information is advertised as
part of Wembley Stadium’s travel advice and customers are advised to book in advance via the
NCP website at http://www.ncpwembleyparking.co.uk/.

During the Olympics Wembley Stadium will be used for six matches with kick off scheduled
for 2100 at each (one at 2030). This is later than most events at Wembley and means that the
impact on regular users of Stanmore station and car park will be lower than usual.
Additionally the nature of these events means that more attendees than normal are likely to be
travelling from central locations. Nonetheless LU will consider what measures may need to
be implemented at Stanmore during the period of the Games.

LU is working with the Olympic Delivery Authority to put in place the best possible Tube
services during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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Traffic Implications on Dollis Hill
Question No: 497 / 2009
Navin Shah
Following the closure of the consultation, the developers of the Brent Cross Cricklewood
development quickly uploaded a transport assessment to their website. Now we finally have
this document, is the Mayor satisfied by its quality in examining the traffic impact on Dollis
Hill and other areas of eastern Brent?
Answer from the Mayor:
I welcome the application for Brent Cross Cricklewood and support the principle of the
proposed development and the benefits it will deliver, however there a number of outstanding
issues including transport that need to be resolved.

LB Brent has raised concerns regarding the potential impact of traffic arising from the Brent
Cross Cricklewood development on roads within Brent in its response to the LB Barnet
consultation on the application.

TfL is considering the traffic impact of the proposed development on roads to the south and
east of the site and has identified a need to encourage access by bus, cycle and foot from the
Dollis Hill and Cricklewood areas.
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Suburban Orbital Transport
Question No: 498 / 2009
Navin Shah
Is the Mayor pleased the Brent Cross Cricklewood developers plan a new Thameslink station,
four train lengths between two existing Thameslink stations? The boroughs of Brent and
Barnet are both signatories to the North West London to Luton Corridor agreement, which
highlights the need to improve east-west connections. Does the Mayor therefore think this is
an opportunity to improve suburban orbital transport in North London? Will he uphold this
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manifesto aim in his response to Barnet and will he instruct Transport for London to meet
with the Campaign for Better Transport to discuss undertaking a viability study for their
Brent Light Rail scheme?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am pleased that the proposals for Brent Cross Cricklewood include the building of a new
Thameslink station. This will be an essential part of a wider package of public transport
improvements needed to cater for the increase in travel associated with this substantial
development proposal.

The rail line which passes through the Cricklewood corridor is a radial link. TfL has discussed
the future operation of this line with Network Rail who have provided assurances that there is
no reason why, subject to the necessary timetable changes, that all three stations cannot
function in the future. The orbital links to the east and west are proposed to be improved by
significantly enhancing the bus network and through new and improved bus and rail
interchange.

As stated in Way to Go, I am interested in ideas to improve orbital transport in outer
London. It clearly makes sense to examine the benefits of using existing or previously
developed rail infrastructure for such purposes where this is possible. Such schemes will be
considered as part of the development of my transport strategy.

Rat Running
Question No: 499 / 2009
Navin Shah
In attempting to appease residents of Dollis Hill, the Brent Cross Cricklewood Transport
Assessment informs them that any commercial waste coming to the new North London
Waste Authority will be restricted to the North Circular and Edgware Road, yet no proposals
for enforcing this are made. Does the Mayor have confidence in the power of words in
preventing rat-running? Will he ask for assurance more is done in relation to this problem in
his response to Barnet?
Answer from the Mayor:
TfL is pressing the developers of the Brent Cross Cricklewood scheme to develop a clear
strategy for lorry routing to the waste facility and other parts of the site that relies on the use
of the Transport for London Road Network (e.g. A406 North Circular Road) and Strategic
Road Network (e.g. A5 Edgware Road). TfL would expect the local Boroughs would use their
powers to restrict the use of inappropriate local roads by heavy goods vehicles, which could
include weight or width restrictions, appropriate signage and enforcement measures. TfL
would be supportive of such an approach and also seeks to promote good practice in
partnership with the freight industry through the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme
(FORS).
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London Plan/Borough Boundaries
Question No: 500 / 2009
Navin Shah
Will the Mayor be making any changes to the London Plan to ensure better practise in
consultation across borough boundaries?
Answer from the Mayor:
Yes. I raised the issue of more effective inter-authority working in his report ‘Planning for a
Better London’. Consultation responses strongly indicated that the current sub-regional
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more flexible approach to inter-authority working tailored to local circumstances and needs.
These can include inter-borough consultation. The revisions to the London plan will take this
into account.
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High Rise Developments
Question No: 501 / 2009
Navin Shah
Given your decisions on Crystal Palace, Croydon and Ealing, could the Mayor inform us of
the Outer London town centres he doesn’t think are suitable for high-rise development? Is
Harrow one of them?
Answer from the Mayor:
As part of my review of the London Plan I will work with the boroughs to seek ways of
identifying, in a more strategic manner, locations where tall buildings could be developed.
This work is at an early stage and at the moment it would be premature to nominate locations
where tall buildings are and are not be suitable.
Mayoral Direction
Question No: 502 / 2009
John Biggs
Given that the LDA believe that ‘while sports programmes are capable of being fully aligned
with LDA objectives and outcomes, in the current budget context other programmes would
represent a higher priority for any additional resources which are available’, can you explain
to Londoners why money aimed to protect and strengthen London’s economy in the current
economic downturn should be spent in this way, and why you have sougnht to overrule the
LDA Board on this matter.
Answer from the Mayor:
This direction to the LDA to help fund Olympic Sports legacy programmes provides
transparency and clarity as to the resources required to meet London’s Olympic legacy
obligations. I made clear following the Beijing Olympics that significant resources would be
needed for this purpose; and I believe the approach we are taking of seeking match funding is
the right way to maximise the value for money obtained. The use of a direction will help
secure this match funding by giving certainty to potential funding partners.

I believe sport can make a significant contribution to developing intellectual maturity and
growth , leadership, teamwork and other qualities that increase people’s employability .So this
allocation of a small proportion – around 1% - of LDA resources to encourage grassroots
sports participation fits very well with the LDA’s focus on jobs, skills and growth.

I am absolutely committed to helping London through the economic downturn. Through my
Economic Recovery Plan I have ensured a re-focus of the LDA’s resources across the piece to
address this urgent priority and ensure early help is given to Londoners and London’s
businesses. However, it would be wrong to cut all funding for longer term development and,
in particular, to renege on London’s commitment to improve grass roots sports participation
and the opportunity to maximise this aspect of the benefits from our huge Olympics
investment. We must continue to ensure London is well placed for the medium and longer
term as well as addressing the serious immediate problems arising from the downturn.

As Mayor, it is my responsibility to set the overall policy direction for the LDA, and I have
done so on this matter in a clear and transparent way.
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Olympic relocations – compensation

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Question No: 504 / 2009
John Biggs
What progress is being made with resolving outstanding claims from relocated businesses
and have you directed the LDA to act differently in this matter from your predecessor?
Answer from the Mayor:
The LDA has and continues to follow a strict statutory process in resolving outstanding
claims from businesses relocated from the Park. Under the Compensation Code, to date the
LDA has paid out over £600 million in relocating businesses and facilities from the
Park. Three quarters of businesses have received 90% of the LDA’s valuation for disturbance
and loss of profits regardless of their final settlement which is based on information supplied
by them. Over 60% of businesses have now settled their claims in full which is good progress
since it can take some time for final claims to be settled. For the remaining businesses, they
and their agents are in negotiation with the LDA,or have yet to submit a claim.
*
Olympic Grants
Question No: 505 / 2009
John Biggs
What training will Olympic hopeful athletes secure from your £1000 grants or was this
merely a ruse to achieve media coverage?
Answer from the Mayor:
These grants were delivered to thirty of London’s finest young athletes through the charity
SportsAid, to help with costs incurred through training and competing. Young elite athletes
and their families are generally required to spend at least £5000 per year on their sport.
Without the support of charities such as SportsAid, many would simply be unable to afford
this. Previous beneficiaries of SportsAid’s support include Sir Steve Redgrave, Dame Kelly
Holmes, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Amir Khan and Victoria Pendelton. I am proud that
we are able to support the young men and women who will be trying to emulate these stars at
the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in london.
*
Remutualisation
Question No: 506 / 2009
John Biggs
Do you recognise the strength mutuals bring to retail finance and mortgage lending and
would you support remutualisation of collapsed banks which were formerly mutuals?
Answer from the Mayor:
I consider that no form of ownership should be ruled in or out when contemplating the future
of collapsed banks that were formerly mutuals.
*
Queens Market
Question No: 509 / 2009
John Biggs
What positive outcome did you secure from your undercover visit to Queens Market?
Answer from the Mayor:
It was not an undercover visit as you describe. It was very productive, and it allowed me to
spend time with ordinary traders and hear their concerns.



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I understand the previous incumbent never visited the market during his entire 8 years as
Mayor.
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Tax Exiles
Question No: 510 / 2009
John Biggs
Do you believe tax avoidance is a good or a bad thing?
Answer from the Mayor:
I believe we should avoid unreasonable tax increases for Londoners- that is why we have
frozen the council tax.


Crossrail levy
Question No: 511 / 2009
John Biggs
Do you agree that the Crossrail levy is premature?
Answer from the Mayor:
No.

Raising part of the funding for the Crossrail project through the planning process is an
important element of the Crossrail funding package agreed by the previous Mayor and the
Government. The process for amending the London Plan is a lengthy one, requiring a number
of opportunities for consultation and an examination in public before it can be adopted. The
charge is required to raise resources through the 2010-2017 period. Consequently, I needed to
begin consultation in late 2008 to have the Alteration in place by 2010.


Quantity of snow
Question No: 512 / 2009
John Biggs
What is the right quantity of snow for London?
Answer from the Mayor:
That is not a question for the Mayor, but for the Almighty.
*
Asthma Sufferers and elderly people with breathing problems
Question No: 513 / 2009
John Biggs
What is your message to such groups, and what thought did you give to them in your LEZ
decision?
Answer from the Mayor:
I announced my intention to suspend the third phase of the Low Emission Zone because of the
detrimental impact it would have on London’s small businesses. Whilst I am entirely
committed to improving air quality I believe improvements can be achieved through other
measures. Although the Low Emission Zone has been successful in tackling the worst
polluters, and will continue to play an important role, it is not the right time to press ahead
with extending it to include smaller vehicles like vans and minibuses.

Phases one and two of the Low Emission Zone will continue to reduce emissions from the
most individually polluting vehicles in London. The scheme standards will rise again for these
vehicles in January 2012 when vehicles affected by phases one and two will have to meet the


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Euro IV standard for particulate matter to continue to drive within Greater London without
charge.
*
Mayors Fund
Question No: 514 / 2009
John Biggs
Can you report progress with this initiative?
Answer from the Mayor:
The Mayor's Fund will launch in the next few months. At that launch there will be an
explanation of the development of the Fund to date and the intended plan going forward. The
Trustees of the Fund (as it is an independent charity) agreed their Action Plan just before
Christmas. *


Woolwich DLR
Question No: 515 / 2009
John Biggs
Can you report on steps being taken to alleviate overcrowding on DLR trains for my
constituents in Newham following the opening of the Woolwich extension?
Answer from the Mayor:
The opening of the station in January was a success, but TfL recognised early on that there
were problems with passengers seeking to board trains at intermediate stations after London
City Airport.

Both the Woolwich Arsenal and London City Airport extensions are equipped with three car
stations, but other works need to be completed on the system before we can run three-car
trains on these branches. The first three car train services will be operated on the Bank to
Lewisham branch from 2010, with other three car services introduced as works are completed
and new trains delivered.

In the meantime, TfL have sought to provide relief for the overcrowding by including a
shuttle train between Woolwich Arsenal and Blackwall during the morning peak. Tower
Gateway is also due to re-open in early March (some 7 weeks earlier than originally planned)
and it is then intended to operate a five minute service from Woolwich Arsenal in the morning
peak (i.e. doubling the current 10 minute frequency), with every other train terminating at
Canning Town (with Bank as the other terminus).
*
Woolwich DLR Extension
Question No: 516 / 2009
John Biggs
What does the level of usage of the new extension tell you about travel demand across the
Thames at this point? What hope can you give to those who need to drive to work including a
Thames crossing somewhere between Blackwall and Dartford, bearing in mind that the
Woolwich ferry can carry at most a few hundred vehicles an hour? What progress will you
aim to have made with building a road crossing during your term of office and what timelines
are you working to given the urgency of this task?
Answer from the Mayor:
I was delighted to open the new extension to Woolwich Arsenal last month, on budget and
seven weeks early. It provides new opportunities for Londoners on both sides of the Thames
to travel across the river by public transport on a frequent service. It demonstrates the

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importance of transport linkages in this area, and travel across the river by rail will be further
transformed when Crossrail provides a cross-river railway with fast trains into central
London from Woolwich and beyond in 2017.

I am aware of the limited capacity of the Woolwich Ferry and Blackwall Tunnel and I am also
keen to improve the lot for those businesses and others who need to drive across the river.

As you know, I have asked TfL to consider alternatives to the Thames Gateway Bridge. TfL
will review a wide range of options, including those at Silvertown, and are currently
identifying the priorities for river crossings in the area, including transport and economic
priorities. The next step will be to shortlist a number of possible options to consider in more
detail. I intend to be in a position to consult with affected stakeholders on possible options
later this year.

Stoke Newington Gyratory
Question No: 517 / 2009
Jennette Arnold
I was pleased to finally receive the feasibility report on the Stoke Newington Gyratory but
was disappointed that the authors did not further explore the alternate possibility of
providing a contra-flow cycling facility along Stoke Newington High Street. The current
layout of the gyratory doesn’t allow cyclists to follow the most direct Southerly route and, as
a result, many of them illegally cycle against the one-way flow not only putting themselves
but also other road users in danger. Will you be investigating the possibility of providing a
two-way cycling lane?
Answer from the Mayor:
Although TfL has not considered the facility you describe, they do intend to continue to
identify opportunities to improve conditions in Stoke Newington for cyclists and pedestrians.
TfL would do so in discussion with stakeholders locally. I will ask TfL to talk to you further
with regard to this issue.


International Women’s Day
Question No: 518 / 2009
Jennette Arnold
Last year, the Capital Women’s Conference was held on the 8th of March to mark
International Women’s day in London. What will you be doing this year to celebrate the
event and the economic, political and social achievements of women?
Answer from the Mayor:
To show my commitment to addressing the concerns of London’s women, celebrate their
contribution to this city and mark International Women’s Day, I will be making a statement
outlining my policy priorities at People’s Question Time on 5 March and publishing a report
on women in London.

I fully recognize the very serious issues of inequality that affect many women. Affordable
childcare, education and skills, tackling violence against women, employment and community
safety remain key priorities for me and I will ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place
to engage the views of women and all Londoners.
*
Drayton Park Ticket office Closure
Question No: 519 / 2009
Jennette Arnold

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First capital connect is proposing to close the ticket office at Drayton park station. I support
the anger expressed by my constituents about the removal of this valuable service and the lack
of concern about their safety. Will you meet with First Capital Connect to express our
concerns about the closure?




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Answer from the Mayor:
As you are aware, I am not responsible for the staffing of National Rail stations, but would
urge First Capital Connect to maintain staffing hours at their stations.

I would be happy to ask my officers to arrange a meeting with them to express my concern at
the closure.
*
Harold Pinter Memorial Cinema
Question No: 520 / 2009
Jennette Arnold
Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize winning playwright, was born in Stoke Newington and grew
up in Lower Clapton. Hackney residents are campaigning to turn the old Clapton
Cinematograph Theatre, which has stood empty for two years, into a lasting memorial for the
man who is considered one of the greatest post-war playwrights. Will you be supporting the
campaign for a Pinter memorial?
Answer from the Mayor:
I am happy to support proposals that have the buy-in of local residents, and are sustainable.
The restoration of the Clayton Cinematograph Theatre building into a cinema could help
strengthen cultural provision in Hackney significantly and provide a positive focus for the
community. It is also fitting that there should be a memorial to Pinter in the place he grew up.
*
101 Number
Question No: 521 / 2009
Jennette Arnold
I am surprised at your answer to Question No:50/2009 about the 101 number which I helped
launch in the London Borough of Waltham Forest and which has been so well received. If the
101 number in its current form is “undeliverable” is there not another model that could deliver
a single non-emergency number such as that available to the citizens of New York, Kuala
Lumpar, Chicago and Singapore to name but a few?
Answer from the Mayor:
I will be working with London Councils to bring forward a proposal for a single
non-emergency number for London. This could possibly encompass the use of the GLA
group as a catylst for delivery.
*
Cycling Hackney
Question No: 522 / 2009
Jennette Arnold
Will you confirm which five of the twenty-three original schemes to improve access to roads
for cyclists in Hackney will now be funded by the London Cycle Networks Plus (LCN+)
programme?
Answer from the Mayor:
The table below shows the five schemes that have been approved for funding by the London
Cycle Network Plus programme for 2009/2010.


Location                  Description
Link 68 - Lea Bridge      Introduce dedicated cycle crossing and upgrade path
Road j/w Lea Valley       alignment leading towards canal towpath.
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 Walk

 Link 67 - Poole Street
 between New North        Upgrade existing segregated cycle lane, entry treatment at
 Road and Imber           junction, relocate parking, reconstruct segregated
 Street                   contraflow cycle lane, cycle logos and signage.
 Link 68 - Hackney
 Road j/w Goldsmith's  Upgrade existing cycle crossing and cycle track on north
 Row                   side of Hackney Road.
                       Outline design to consider road safety and priority
 Link 66 - East Bank / improvements for cyclists (CRISP recommendation from
 Amhurst Park          Link 66 CRISP Study). Design & Implementation to follow
 Junction.             in 2008/09 (traffic signals option to be considered).
 Link 250 - Eastway
 j/w Red Path          Introduction of toucan crossing at entrance to Red Path.

City Hall Open Days
Question No: 523 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
I understand that the City Hall Occasional Open Weekends are to be scrapped in the next
financial year with 7 & 8 March the last such weekend due to cuts being made to the relevant
budget. (I also understand the Open Weekend involving a number of different venues all over
London will, however, not be affected.) I would urge you to reconsider this decision and to
look at keeping City Hall as open as possible to Londoners, it’s their building after all! I know
how much Londoners as well as tourists relish the chance to take a closer look at the GLA
(including the walk down the spiral staircase and the view from the 9th floor!) and I believe we
should not miss the opportunity to bring City Hall closer to the people. Have you looked into
better promotion of these Open Days or alternative arrangements eg every alternate month
or late-evening openings?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have not yet confirmed that most weekend openings of City Hall to the generally public will
cease in the new financial year. This would be subject to a decision taken in line with the
Authority’s decision making framework.

For information, the cost of opening City Hall for occasional weekends is £44,000 per year
and the average number of visitors over these weekends is around 850 people. This means
that it costs the taxpayer around £4.50 for every visitor coming into the building at
weekends.

We are still intending to take part in London Open House. This is a city-wide event, which
encourages people to look at buildings, many of which are not generally open to the public,
over a weekend in September. Last year City Hall attracted around 6,000 people over this
weekend and this event is budgeted at £6,000 per annum.

City Hall is open to the public from Monday to Friday with many tourists and Londoners
visiting on a daily basis.
*
Accessibility to Tube/ Rail
Question No: 524 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
Following on from your response from the last Plenary meeting, I gather that step-free access
at Wood Green station has been deferred without any specifics as to when these works will
take place in the future. I would like to know why this important project at Wood Green
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station has been deferred. This is a major transport interchange with the bus network and
step-free access would greatly aid travel for those with impaired mobility. Can you please
ensure that TfL presses on with this essential work asap?
Answer from the Mayor:
Wood Green featured in the proposed network of step-free London Underground stations, as
described in the "Towards an Accessible Tube" consultation in 2007. At that time, it was the
previous Mayor’s aspiration to make one third of the Tube’s stations step-free by the end of
2013.

Unfortunately, as confirmed in the TfL Business Plan published in November 2008, there has
never been funding in place to deliver such a programme. This means that LU are unable to
progress the scheme to deliver step-free access at Wood Green, along with others for which
funding was never secured.

However, LU remains committed to making the Tube more accessible and is on target to
make 25% of the Tube network (68 stations) step-free by the end of 2010. Many other
improvements are being made, for example more accessible trains, wide aisle gates, improved
information systems and way-finding.
*
Cycle routes in Haringey/ Enfield
Question No: 525 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
Is it true that you are proposing to cut funding on 3/4 of Haringey’s cycling routes - thereby
missing the opportunity to make cyclists’ lives safer - by rerouting expenditure from the
London Cycle Network Plus project (LCN+) to other cycle-related schemes eg the Velib
scheme? I would be grateful for exact details on what routes you are planning to fund/ drop in
Haringey as well as Enfield.
Answer from the Mayor:
You will be aware of my view that efforts to provide for cycling should now be focused on my
cycling revolution as I have set out in “Way To Go!”.

I envisage a shift towards more integrated and targeted interventions to make cycling safer,
easier and more appealing. These include cycle highways along with bike hire and cycle hubs
as the best way to grow and develop cycling in the Capital. That said, LCN+ funding has been
confirmed to be made available to Boroughs. The details of the routes being funded in Enfield
and Haringey in 2009/10 are as follows.

Enfield
Two schemes are being funded in 2009/10. These are both located on Link 53 which
runs across the borough from the borough boundary with Barnet on Cat Hill to the borough
boundary with Waltham Forest on Lea Valley Road.

Link 53 – Cat Hill Roundabout (£50k)
Link 53 – Enfield Town Centre (Church Street between Chase Side and The Town) (£115k)

Note that these two schemes are unlikely to progress as they do not have Council support
so the borough is planning to reallocate funding elsewhere subject to TfL approval.

Haringey
Three schemes are being funded in 2009/10. These are located on Link 79 (from Brownlow
Road at the borough boundary with Enfield to Ferry Lane at the borough boundary with


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Waltham Forest), Link 81 (from the top of Muswell Hill Road in Highgate to Wood Green)
and Link 83 (from Wood Green to Manor House at the borough boundary with Hackney).
Link 79 - Bounds Green Road j/w Truro Road (£37k)
Link 81 - A1 to Alexandra Palace (£164k)
Link 83 - Green Lanes (£100k)
Domestic Violence
Question No: 526 / 2009
Joanne McCartney
One of your spokespeople stated last November that “funding to tackle violence against
women will increase significantly from £139,000 in 2008/2009 to £285,000 for 2009/2010”.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with the fully-costed breakdown of how you arrive
at this figure and exactly on how the money is to be spent.
Answer from the Mayor:
In my draft budget for 2009/10 I have allocated £285k for the implementation of the
Violence Against Women Strategy. This includes £233k for rape crisis provision and £52k
for additional GLA staff. I am currently engaging with academics, statutory and voluntary
sector partners to confirm priorities for the £233k allocated to rape crisis provision.
*
Blackwall tunnel
Question No: 528 / 2009
Len Duvall
Can you update me on the progress of your manifesto pledge to reintroduce tidal flow to the
Blackwall tunnel?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked TfL to examine the options that would permit reinstatement of tidal flow at
Blackwall Tunnel without putting lives and the continued operation of the tunnels at undue
risk. This will include a review of the technical and legislative requirements to safely improve
traffic flows there. I am expecting the findings to be reported in the next few
weeks. However, I am aware that the legal processes and control infrastructure required,
provided a safety case can be established, are complicated and time consuming. I cannot
therefore currently give you a timescale.
*
Silvertown Link
Question No: 529 / 2009
Len Duvall
Can you provide me with an update on the work you have done (i.e. feasability studies etc) in
relation to the Silvertown link?
Answer from the Mayor:
I have asked TfL to consider alternatives to the Thames Gateway Bridge. TfL will review a
wide range of options, including those at Silvertown, and are currently identifying the
priorities for river crossings in the area, including transport and economic priorities. The
next step will be to shortlist a number of possible options to consider in more detail. I intend
to be in a position to consult with affected stakeholders on possible options later this year.


London Development Agency Activities
Question No: 530 / 2009
Len Duvall

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What London Development Agency activities have there been in Greenwich and Lewisham
since your election?
Answer from the Mayor:
Residents and businesses based in Lewisham and Greenwich are benefitting from the London
Development Agency’s activities in the area to deliver jobs, skills and growth. Whilst much of
the LDA’s activity is pan-London and therefore benefits individuals and businesses across
London, including those in Greenwich & Lewisham, I have below outlined some of the
activity that is taking place in these areas:

GLOBE - Greenwich
The LDA is delivering this project with Hyde Housing Association which provides targeted
and flexible employment support to 200 social housing residents in the boroughs of Lambeth
and Greenwich. Participants receive intensive Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) and
are referred (where appropriate) to partner agencies to improve their skills.

Royal Arsenal/The Warren - Greenwich
The LDA have delivered a revised masterplan incorporating a Crossrail station, 3,700
residential units and 22,000m2 of town centre that gained planning consent at Greenwich
Planning Committee in November 2008.

White Hart Triangle – Greenwich
The LDA has recently completed the £17m 200,000 sq ft development that is the borough’s
biggest industrial development.

Design for London - Greenwich
Design for London is continuing to assist LB Greenwich with the Woolwich Squares public
space project and has helped to complete a jointly funded study for the A206 Road Corridor
and provided design advice and revenue funding on East London Green Grid projects in
Maryon Park and Avery Hill.

Opening Doors - Lewisham
The LDA is delivering Opening Doors with the LB Lewisham which aims to assist
unemployed and economically inactive individuals in Lewisham by providing range of
activities tailored to their individual needs, to increase their confidence and improve their
employability.

Eco Street – Lewisham
Lewisham Council launched an ‘Eco Street’ project in August 2008 in partnership with the
LDA. Residents of The Rockbourne Triangle are having a make-over that will include:

   -   A free energy assessment for each home, delivered by London Development Agency’s
       Green Home Concierge Service
   -   A free pack of environmentally friendly ‘goodies’ for each household
   -   Financial support for measures to make each home more sustainable and reduce
       energy bills
   -   Local clean-up events
   -   A ‘sustainable living’ event for residents
   -   Development of a car club for the street
   -   Opportunities to support local wildlife and other biodiversity improvements

Design for London activity – Lewisham
Design for London has worked with LB Lewisham and partners on a Design Charrette for the
Deptford Creek area, helped progress design development of Kender Triangle in New Cross
Gate and supported a successful bid for CLG funding of £2m for Waterlink Way.


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Lewisham Gateway – Lewisham
The CPO Inquiry held on 18th December 2008 and a S.106 agreement agreed by parties in
December 2008.

Green Homes – Lewisham & Greenwich
The Green Homes Concierge Service has a total of 26 customers in Greenwich and 138 in
Lewisham.

Green 500 – Lewisham
The LDA have signed Lewisham Council up to be a member of their Green 500 scheme. The
Agency has signed off their action plan which commits to save 14,900 tonnes of CO2 by
2011.*




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