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Role of HSE Director

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th September 2019.

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Photo of Keith Prince Keith Prince Conservative

Given the deaths and serous injuries which have resulted from TfL’s well-evidenced failure to manage fatigue across its Tram and Bus Operations, what is the role of TfL’s HSE Director? Do you think it is fit-for-purpose?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No death or serious injury on London’s road network is either inevitable or acceptable. That’s why I am committed to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network through my Vision Zero approach.

I do not agree that Transport for London (TfL) has failed to manage fatigue properly. TfL is working with both tram and bus operators to tackle the causes of fatigue. For example, TfL will be making £500,000 available to help bus operators establish the most effective interventions to reduce fatigue and next year will make rigorous fatigue risk management systems a requirement for any company to operate London buses under new contracts. TfL’s tram operator, Tram Operations Limited (TOL), has made significant improvements to its management of fatigue, including new shift patterns and better work-life balance for drivers, and has shared this with the wider tram industry.

TfL’s Director of Health, Safety & Environment has helped to transform the way it delivers public transport services, enabling TfL to become one of the safest rail operations in the world. To continue this improvement and even more firmly embed safety and sustainability at the heart of how TfL works, the Transport Commissioner has recently announced the appointment of a Chief Safety, Health and Environment Officer. This new role will lead a holistic approach to safety across the whole organisation, helping TfL to reach our shared ambition of no person killed on London’s transport network by 2041.