What's the impact of school run traffic?

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Dear Transport for London,

I rode down the A205 fom Richmond towards Putney today, at rush hour. And it seemed quite calm, compared to its normal gridlock.

I'm writing to ask if you have done any analysis which looks at the impact of the school run on major arteries in London. In particular, I'm interested in whether you've been able to isolate or even speculate on how traffic changes when schools are on holiday, versus not. More specifically, I'd like to know if we can isolate the impact of driving children to school on our network.

I appreciate this is a possibly vague request, so if you require further elaboration, please let me know: I also appreciate you may have different data sets for different areas. If, for example, you have more detailed data for one borough or road than other, then I am very happy if you focus on what you think will be helpful.

Many thanks for your time,

Tim Lennon

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Lennon

TfL Ref: 0816-2122

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 19 July 2021. Please accept my apologies my apologies for the delay in acknowledging your correspondence.

We will aim to issue a response by 13 August 2021 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy.

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In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Lennon

TfL Ref: 0816-2122

Thank you again for your email received by TfL on 19 July 2021 .You have asked for information about how traffic changes when schools are on holiday. Your request is being considered under the terms of the Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs).

Unfortunately because of its complexity, we have been unable to resolve your request within the initial statutory 20 working day deadline. This is because we are in the process of finalising our response.

To enable us to fully consider your request, in accordance with the EIRs we have had to extend the deadline for providing a response to 40 working days from the date we received your request. The amended date for a final response is now 10 September 2021. We are working hard to ensure that you receive a response before this date.

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any queries or would like to discuss your request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you are not satisfied with this response, please read the attached help-sheet entitled ‘Your Right to Appeal’.

Yours sincerely

Jasmine Howard
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London
 

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Tim Lennon left an annotation ()

I could chase TfL as they missed the deadline, but I think they're trying to provide a useful answer, so I'd rather not nag them - I'm more interested in useful, considered data than narked off FoI officers.

FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Lennon

 

TfL Ref: 0816-2122

 

Thank you for your request received by us on 19 July 2021 asking for
information about how traffic changes when schools are on holiday, versus
not.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access
policy.  I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require.
You asked for:

 

any analysis which looks at the impact of the school run on major arteries
in London. In particular, I'm interested in whether you've been able to
isolate or even speculate on how traffic changes when schools are on
holiday, versus not. More specifically, I'd like to know if we can isolate
the impact of driving children to school on our network.

 

I appreciate this is a possibly vague request, so if you require further
elaboration, please let me know: I also appreciate you may have different
data sets for different areas. If, for example, you have more detailed
data for one borough or road than other, then I am very happy if you focus
on what you think will be helpful.

 

Whilst we have not conducted an analysis of the impact of the school run
on the major arteries in London in such, nor do we have any analysis or a
report on the variation in traffic changes when schools are on holiday, we
have provided some research on various aspects of traffic analysis that
may be of interest.

 

Such a detailed analysis covering the specific context you are seeking is
difficult because of:

 

o The lack of data on traffic flows in London at the appropriate
granular level.

 

o The complex methodology required to control all other impacts
occurring on London’s roads to isolate the impact of the school run.

 

o Recent changes in deployment of highway improvement schemes,
implementation of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods as well as for example,
the impact of Covid-19 on changed travel patterns, which also need to
be taken into account.

 

o Different school holiday closure times across London, plus differing
opening and closure times amongst educational establishments during
term time.

 

However, please see the following publications on streets monitoring based
on various research analysis implemented across the capital:

 

[1]https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/...

 

[2]https://content.tfl.gov.uk/school-street...

 

[3]https://tfl-newsroom.prgloo.com/news/tfl...

 

[4]https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/...
Please see Chapter Three’s ‘Traffic’ section from page 22 onwards.

 

[5]https://content.tfl.gov.uk/travel-in-lon... - Please use
the keyword ‘school’ to help pinpoint areas of interest accordingly.

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Jasmine Howard

FOI Case Officer

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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