Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 9th February 2022.
An initial Equalities Impact Assessment of the 384 bus changes suggested the removal of most of the sections in New Barnet would create a high negative impact on equalities groups, particularly elderly and disabled people, bearing in mind the longer walking distances and hilly terrain. Then TfL deleted this EqIA from their website and replaced it with a different one that didn't discuss or rate the negative impacts. Why did this happen, and will TfL review the EqIA to reflect these issues?
Transport for London (TfL) undertook an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) during the development of the scheme to change route 384. It considered impacts on all protected characteristics and detailed specific impacts on changing the roads that route 384 serves.
The EqIA format was changed to meet best practice, including not making unevidenced and unsupported value judgements. The EqIA for the route 384 scheme was therefore reformatted to be consistent with others undertaken for the network. However, this change in formatting did not change the intricate level of detail TfL reviewed when deciding individual roads that the new route 384 now serves. The EqIA continued to set out the identified adverse impacts. Therefore, TfL does not plan to review the EqIA.