Email to London MPs & GLA Members


TfL’s Failing Road Management Operation

To London MP’s & GLA Assembly Members


Dear *|FNAME|*  *|LNAME|*

TotallyfailingLondon.org.uk has been created to publish images and video clips of the chaos that Transport for London’s policies have created on our streets. Our website gathers evidence to demonstrate how these policies are slowly grinding London to a halt whilst putting the travelling public at risk.

Our first campaign, which can be viewed here, highlights an example of TfL’s hapless management of the Transport for London Road Network.

Anyone who drives in London knows that Knightsbridge, part of the TLRN, is the main route into London from the west and therefore one of the busiest roads in the city. South Carriage Drive runs just to the north of and parallel to Knightsbridge and provides an alternative route, avoiding congestion on Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road.

Regardless of this fact, TfL have chosen to carry out maintenance works and reduce traffic lanes on Knightsbridge at the same time as closing the westbound route on South Carriage Drive for Cycle Super Highway works.

This has happened despite TfL’s own website stating that

  • they are responsible for the daily maintenance and smooth running of these routes
  • their road management operation is based on extensive research, modelling and the most up to date computer technology
  • and their road modernisation plan as something that enables people and vehicles to move more efficiently, safely and reliably around London.

Photographs of the results of this smooth running, diligent research and accurate modelling, along with vehicles navigating the area efficiently and reliably, can be viewed in our Campaign Gallery.

We also question whether the project is being completed as quickly as it could, given the disruption it is causing. One of the images in that Gallery showing the ongoing ‘works’ 4pm on a summer weekday afternoon, suggests not.

We have lodged a Freedom of Information request with TfL to get copies of their planning and impact assessment for these closures. You can read it here.

Please take a moment to consider the damage that increased journey times, congestion and associated air pollution are doing to our city.

You can visit us here to get more more information about how our campaigns will work.


Regards
TotallyfailingLondon

 

 

FOI Response : Knightsbridge July 2016

Our Ref:         FOI-0716-1617

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and TfL’s information access policy.

A response will be provided to you by 8 August 2016. We publish a substantial range of information on our website on subjects including operational performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in FOI requests or other public queries. Please check http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transparency/ to see if this helps you.

In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please feel free to contact me.

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
Transport for London

FOI Request : Knightsbridge July 2016

Dear Sir/Madam

I understand from TfL’s website that you are responsible for the maintenance and smooth running of the Transport for London Road Network and the construction of the Cycle Super Highway.

Anyone who drives in London understands that Knightsbridge is one of the most congested roads in London. Many drivers know that South Carriage Drive provides an alternative route, avoiding congestion on Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Brompton Road.

I am contacting you to :

  • Question why TfL have chosen to carry out maintenance works and reduce road space on Knightsbridge at the same time as closing the westbound route on South Carriage Drive.
  • Request copies of documents relating to the research that was carried out to establish what the impact of closing both routes simultaneously would be on congestion, journey times and air quality.
  • Find out it you considered what the impact would be on other alternate routes such as Chesham Place and Pont Street.
  • Find out if you are monitoring the congestion on Knightsbridge.
  • Find out what the impact has been on congestion, journey times and air quality on Knightsbridge.
  • Find out if you are monitoring the congestion on alternate routes.
  • Find out what the impact has been on congestion, journey times and air quality on the alternate routes.
  • Find out who was responsible for the decision to carry out major works on both routes at the same time.

Please treat this inquiry as a Freedom of Information request

Regards

 

Gallery : Knightsbridge July 2016

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Knightsbridge is part...

of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). TfL are responsible for the daily maintenance and smooth running of this route.

Hyde Park Corner...

Knightsbridge & South Carriage Drive. TfL say that their road management operation is based on extensive research, modelling and the most up to date computer technology

TfLs contractors...

hard at work on South Carriage Drive in the middle of a weekday afternoon in mid summer.

Knightsbridge...

westbound reduced to 2 lanes & South Carriage Drive closed in the same direction. TfL claim that their road modernisation plan is enabling people and vehicles to move more efficiently, safely and reliably around London

South Carriage Drive...

closed westbound at Queen Elizabeth Gate. TfL insist that every journey matters.

South Carriage Drive..

closed westbound at Queen Elizabeth Gate until late August.

TfLs website...

says that their road management operation is based on extensive research, modelling and the most up to date computer technology

Knightsbridge...

westbound queue. Every journey in tatters

Knightsbridge...

westbound queuing on the Hyde Park Corner slip road & through the Piccadilly underpass. Remember every journey matters. Unless you want to go West.