The London Assembly will hold back-to-back sessions on 2012 transport and cycling safety tomorrow – with London’s Transport Commissioner first up at 9.30am to answer questions on the network’s performance during the Games and the transport legacy for the capital.
London’s transport network performed well during the Games despite the Tube, Overground and DLR carrying record numbers of passengers. What successful elements of Games-time transport will become permanent, and what infrastructure and benefits has the £6.5billion invested in 2012 transport left behind?
Following the update from the Transport Commissioner, the Committee will continue its investigation into cycling in London by questioning expert guests about ways to achieve higher cycling rates and improve cycling safety – and what London can learn from other cities.
9.30am: 2012 transport
- Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London (TfL)
From 10am (approx): Cycling in London
- Dr Rachel Aldred, Director, Sustainable Mobilities Research Group, University of East London (UEL)
- Karen Dee, Director of Policy, Freight Transport Association (FTA)
- Ben Plowden, Director of Planning, Surface Transport, TfL
- Steffen Rasmussen, Head of Traffic Design, Municipality of Copenhagen
- Roelof Wittink, Director, Dutch Cycling Embassy
Tomorrow’s meeting will draw on submissions received from cyclists across London, and the issues raised during an ‘open mic’ session about cycling that the Committee hosted on 12 July.
The Transport Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11 September from 9.30am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1). Media and members of the public are invited to attend. The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.
Notes to editors:
- During the Olympics, many modes carried record numbers of passengers whilst maintaining high levels of service. The Tube carried over 60 million passengers (30 per cent more than usual) with service reliability of 97 per cent, the DLR carried over seven million passengers (more than double the usual number) with service reliability of 99 per cent, and London Overground carried nearly six million passengers (47 per cent more than normal) with service reliability of 98 per cent. TfL reported that public transport performed well because, as planned, around one-third of regular users changed their behaviour.
- In light of a recent increase in the number of cyclists killed or injured and the Mayor’s plans to get more Londoners on their bikes, the Committee is investigating ways to make cycling in London safer and more appealing. All types of cycling casualties rose in London in 2011 compared to both 2010 levels and the 4-year average between 2005 and 2009. TfL’s statistics show that the number of cyclists killed and seriously injured in 2011 rose 22% from 2010, and it was 36% higher than the 2005-2009 average. See more information about the Committee’s ‘Cycling in London’ investigation.
- See the summary of issues raised at the Committee’s 12 July meeting. Further views and submissions are welcome. Email email@example.com or tweet @LondonAssembly.
- Read full agenda papers for the meeting.
- Caroline Pidgeon AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, is available for interview. Contact details below.
- As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.
For more details, please contact Dana Rothenberg in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4603/4283. For out of hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.