from cars to buses, minister for transport in London Glenda Jackson
said today. To improve this, bus companies must ensure that drivers
are given proper training and good back-up from the whole bus team.
far more likely to stay on the buses. The minister was speaking at
London Transport Buses 'Bus Driving in London' conference at London
During her speech, Glenda Jackson spelt out the positive transport
legacy that the new elected mayor of London will take over a year
'The government is working to ensure that the mayor and transport for
London - the mayor's new transport body - inherit a public transport
system which is as reliable, efficient and as popular as can possibly
'Everyone knows about the three major transport projects that are due
to be completed by the millennium - the Croydon Tramlink, and the
extensions to the Jubilee Line and Docklands Light Railway - but
other developments are under way which will improve life for people
travelling in London. These include:
12 bus routes to be given 'Whole Route' treatment by April 2001 with
bus lanes, priority for buses at traffic lights, automatic vehicle
location, 'Countdown' information, and camera enforcement of bus
In addition route 43 will become a 'Quality Route' with the
additional benefits of new low floor buses, fully accessible bus
stops and new bus shelters.
By next March 'Countdown' information display units at another 1,000
stops, bringing the total to almost 1,500. The target is 4,500.
The full 512km of red route network operational during 2000 with 200
bus mounted and roadside cameras to combat illegal use of bus lanes.
A package of measures under the Disability Discrimination Act to
ensure bus accessibility for everyone - for example, ramps for
By October next year, over a third of London Transport's bus fleet
will be low floor.
Many transport interchanges improved - for example at Stratford,
Tottenham Hale, Feltham and Willesden Junction.
New piers and river services - the deputy prime minister's Thames
2000 initiative. Some are already in action.
Progress on regulating minicabs and minicab drivers to ensure they
are subject to the same checks as elsewhere.'
1 Subject to parliamentary approval, the first elections for a
mayor and assembly in London will be held on 4 May 2000 and the
authority will take over responsibility on 3 July 2000.
2 In the absence of a mayor with overall responsibility for
transport in London, transport improvements are being delivered
through partnerships between the many organisations involved: London
Transport Buses, London Underground, Railtrack, individual train
operators and their representative body the Association of Train
Operating Companies, the Docklands Light Railway, Croydon Tramlink,
theTraffic Director for London, the Highways Agency, the Public
Carriage Office, London River Services, White Horse Fast Ferries,
City Cruises, the London boroughs, the Association of London
Government and its sister organisation the Transport Committee for
London, the Government Office for London and the Department of the
Environment, Transport and the Regions.