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Departments: Greater London

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department’s responsibilities are with respect to London; what responsibilities he holds jointly with the Mayor of London; and if he will make a statement. (138514)

The Department for Transport provides national leadership across the transport sector, working with regional, local and private sector partners who deliver many of the services.

The Mayor of London’s statutory responsibilities are set out in the Greater London Transport Act 1999. Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for implementing the Mayor’s transport strategy. It manages the buses, the underground, the docklands light rail (DLR), Croydon tramline, a 580-kilometre network of main roads, all of London’s 4,600 traffic lights and has a strategic role in traffic management. TfL also runs London river services, Victoria coach station, regulates taxis and the private hire trade and runs the dial-a-ride service for those who need door-to-door transport.

DfT provides a substantial transport grant to TfL—over £2.3 billion in 2006-07—to support the delivery of its transport objectives.

The Secretary of State and the Mayor of London, under the Railways Act 2005, have a duty to co-operate with regard to the provision of London rail passenger services.