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Transport boss speaks of plans for future

PUBLISHED: 18:14 16 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 11 August 2010

Peter Hendy

Peter Hendy

HE IS in charge of one of the largest organisations in the country, responsible for how millions of Londoners go about their daily lives. Transport for London Commissioner, Peter Hendy, spoke to the POST about the new East London Transit and the new Mayor

HE IS in charge of one of the largest organisations in the country, responsible for how millions of Londoners go about their daily lives.

Transport for London Commissioner, Peter Hendy, spoke to the POST about the new East London Transit and the new Mayor.

Drinking alcohol was banned on all public transport from June 1 causing parties and pandemonium on the tubes.

Peter Hendy said: "I saw the pictures from last Saturday night and I believe there is an important message here.

"That is the extent to which alcohol and transport do not mix. There was disorder, but I noticed no-one was smoking.

"It just goes to show once laws are passed they are respected and people can do as they're told on our railways."

Another major change under London's new Mayor is children aged 11-15 will have to carry oyster photo-cards.

He explained: "This is something Boris Johnson was keen on, it is part of a larger plan to teach young people respect.

"If a youngster is caught travelling without a card, instead of a fine they will do some sort of community service."

One commuter concern is controversial bendy bus, where people are often seen fare dodging.

He said: "The Mayor had committed to fazing them out as he believes they are dangerous to cyclists and cause traffic.

"However he cannot do this until the bus company's contract is up.

"We will be speaking to the Mayor very soon about tackling fare dodging, but the problem is not as wide spread as people think.

"Every bus in London has CCTV but we are considering live CCTV.

"We will also have 440 uniformed police and community support officers on bus networks."

The East London Transit (ELT) will have a massive affect, with shorter travel times.

"I think everyone would agree it has taken a long time to get where we are. But the ELT is going to be state of the art.

"There was a lot of discussion with the council about how it would go through Barking Town Centre.

"Eventually we agreed it would go through the pedestrian zone and the market would be moved.

"Otherwise there wouldn't be much point in spending all that money; the bus route would take just as long as it does now."

The development of Barking Riverside and Dagenham Dock will give people reliable service to Barking, central London and Canary Wharf.

It was suggested that trams might be used as an alternative to buses, but this plan is not likely to get the green light.

Mr Hendy explained: It's unlikely because not enough people travel on this route to warrant the huge cost."

He also revealed that the new flyover on the A13, at the junction with Renwick Road will cost about £40 million, though it is not yet totally funded.


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