M4 bus lane suspension plans

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From: Tom Barry

2 October 2010

Dear Highways Agency,

With regard to the public announcement by the Secretary of State
for Transport that the M4 eastbound bus lane is to be suspended
from this December, could I kindly request the following:

1) Details of road layout changes to the M4 between J5 and J1 to be
implemented at that time
2) Details of speed limit changes to the M4 between J5 and J1 to be
implemented at that time
3) Details of any assessments of air pollution and climate change
impacts of the policy in the London area, whether completed already
or required by law
4) Details of any assessments of modal shift impacts of the policy,
whether completed or intended to be completed
5) Any communications regarding the proposed suspension that your
Agency has had with Transport for London or the office of the Mayor
of London
6) Average figures of how many vehicles currently use that stretch
of the M4 daily, broken down by type
(bus/coach/car/taxi/HGV/private hire/motorbike)
7) Historical figures for average daily vehicle usage on that
stretch of the M4 dating back to 1995, if available

Yours faithfully,

Tom Barry

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From: HAIL
Highways Agency

3 October 2010

Dear Tom Barry,

Thank you for contacting the Highways Agency Information Line on 02/10/10 with your Freedom of Information (FOI) request. Your request has been forwarded to the relevant team who will respond within 20 working days under ref 13070715.

In the meantime, please take a look at the following link: http://www.highways.gov.uk/foiresponses/... for more information regarding the Highways Agency's process for FOI requests

Regards,

Melissa McCalla, HAIL Advisor
Highways Agency Information Line
Tel: +44 (0) 300 123 5000 | Fax: + 44 (0) 121 3358370
Web: http://www.highways.gov.uk

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers
Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.

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From: Cunningham, Samantha
Highways Agency

5 October 2010


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Dear Mr Barry,

Please see attached letter.

I look forward to hearing from you shortly

Samantha Cunningham
Highways Agency | Federated House | London Road | Dorking | RH4 1SZ
Web: [1]http://www.highways.gov.uk

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers
Highways Agency, an Executive Agency of the Department for Transport.

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From: Tom Barry

3 November 2010

Dear Mrs Cunningham,

Regarding your request dated 5th October for clarification of my
FoI request of the 3rd October 2010 I enclose a brief clarification
of each point and what I would like to see:

1) Details of road layout changes to the M4 between J5 and J1 to be
implemented at that time - essentially I'd like to see plans of the
intended work to the road layout between junctions 5 and 1 of the
eastbound M4 proposed to be implemented in December 2010 under the
Secretary of State's recently announced suspension of the M4 bus
lane. This would include lane marking changes (including how many
lanes will be available for general traffic), signage changes, road
colouring changes, enforcement camera changes - essentially what
physical work is proposed to indicate the revision in status of the
M4 bus lane from December 2010

2) Details of speed limit changes to the M4 between J5 and J1 to be
implemented at that time - when the original bus lane was
introduced the speed limit was reduced, and is currently 60mph from
Junction 4 until the end of the bus lane whereupon it drops to 40
for the rest of the motorway. I would like to know if there are any
plans to change the limits between Junctions 5 and 1 to be
implemented as part of the bus lane suspension

3) Details of any assessments of air pollution and climate change
impacts of the policy in the London area, whether completed already
or required by law - since one of the aims of the bus lane was
reduction in stop-start traffic (which tends to create more air
pollution), I wanted to know if any environmental assessments were
either already available or planned to be completed estimating
changes in road vehicle polluting emissions or CO2 emissions
arising from the suspension of the bus lane, particularly given the
sensitive nature of London's air quality and possible European
fines.

4) Details of any assessments of modal shift impacts of the policy,
whether completed or intended to be completed - since the main
beneficiaries of the current road layout are bus and taxi users, I
wanted to know if any assessment has been made or will be made
assessing the likely switch away from these forms of transport
towards the private car as a result of this decision

5) Any communications regarding the proposed suspension that your
Agency has had with Transport for London or the office of the Mayor
of London - since the Mayor is responsible for the major trunk
roads joining the M4, including the A4, I wanted to know if TfL or
the Mayor's office had been involved or made representations to
your Agency about the proposed suspension of the bus lane. This
includes the proposed reinstatement for the 2012 Summer Olympics,
for which TfL and the Mayor must presumably have been involved as
well as the impact on air quality, where the Mayor also has a
responsibility

6) Average figures of how many vehicles currently use that stretch
of the M4 daily, broken down by type
(bus/coach/car/taxi/HGV/private hire/motorbike) - it has proved
rather hard to get any estimates of the balance of vehicle types
using the road in that area, so I would like to see what
assessments of current road usage between Junction 5 and 1 of the
eastbound M4 are kept, broken down by vehicle type
(bus/coach/car/taxi/HGV/private hire/motorbike)) per day

7) Historical figures for average daily vehicle usage on that
stretch of the M4 dating back to 1995, if available - as a regular
user of the road I've noticed the vehicle mix changing over recent
years and wanted to know if this was reflected objectively in
official figures. This is therefore the same requirement as 6) but
expressed historically (on a yearly basis is fine).

Please don't hesitate to seek further clarification on these
points, and thank you for your reply.

Yours sincerely

Tom Barry
London, W4

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From: Tom Barry

12 November 2010

Dear Highways Agency,

Could you please confirm that you have received my response to your
request for clarification, sent on the 3rd November 2010?

Yours faithfully,

Tom Barry

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From: HAIL
Highways Agency

12 November 2010

Dear Mr Barry,

Thank you for your email to the Highways Agency.

I can confirm that your clarification was received via whatdotheyknow.com on the 3rd November 2010.

Kind regards,

Jon Allen
Highways Agency Information Line
Tel: 0300 123 5000
Email [Highways Agency request email]

Safe roads, Reliable journeys, Informed travellers

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From: King, John
Highways Agency

22 November 2010

Dear Mr Barry

Thank you for your email of the 12 November asking for confirmation that
we have received your response to our request for clarification. The
email below, sent on 15 November to the address you had previously given
us, confirms that we received your clarification on 26 October. We also
received a further copy on 3 November.

Yours sincerely

John King

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From: King, John
Highways Agency

22 November 2010

Dear Mr Barry

Thank you for your email of the 12 November asking for confirmation that
we have received your response to our request for clarification. The
email below, sent on 15 November to the address you had previously given
us, confirms that we received your clarification on 26 October. We also
received a further copy on 3 November.

Yours sincerely

John King

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