Conservative Bexley Council has taken action after complaints from residents about plans by Transport for London to install new bus shelters throughout the borough – often in places many residents feel are unsuitable. Cabinet Member for Transport, Cllr Peter Craske, is backing the residents by publishing TfL’s work programme so that people can see the planned work for themselves.
Cllr Craske said “We believe in being open with people and have decided to publish TfL’s work programme on the Council’s website, listing the places where these shelters are planned, along with full contact details should people want to make direct representations.
He added “As TfL won’t tell residents where they intend to install shelters, we are doing it for them. Under the existing rules of consultation, the Council is only asked for its opinion on whether a planned bus shelter would have an impact on highway safety. Councillors are not allowed a say on whether one should be installed. People who are told by TfL that the Council has agreed to a new shelter are being misled.
“TfL is supposed to be a strategic body, but it wants to dictate what happens on every square millimetre in London. It is time they remembered it is the public’s money they are spending, and they should start listening to the public.”
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