FOI request detail

Cost of tfL consultations

Request ID: FOI-0636-2223
Date published: 08 July 2022

You asked

A day doesn't seem to go by without receiving or hearing about a tfl consultation, whether it be about road issues, speed limits or the withdrawal of bus services etc etc. I find it concerning how many times the proposal in question goes ahead regardless of the consultation response/result. All this makes one ask the question how much do ALL these consultations cost? This can be an average price or a range showing the highest and the lowest. Look forward to receiving this info ASAP. Consultations appear to be just a box ticking exercise allowing tfl to proceed with generally unpopular measures regardless of the public's responses.

We answered

Our ref: FOI-0636-2223/GH
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15 June 2022 asking for information about the cost of TfL consultations.
Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and our information access policy. I can confirm that we do hold the information you require.

You asked for the total cost of TfL public consultations run in the 18-month period since 1 January 2021.  

The total cost of delivering the 28 public consultations run by TfL during this period is £751,586.44.

Our costs for delivering each consultation relate to activities such as:
  • Marketing and promoting the consultation to impacted communities
  • Providing consultation materials in an inclusive and accessible format, and
  • Analysing the results of our consultations.

These consultations relate to a wide variety of public transport project and policy proposals and are delivered in line with our statutory duties. In this period our consultations will have covered topics such as:
  • Proposals to change TfL’s bus network,
  • Proposals to change the Transport for London Road, Network (TLRN),
  • Proposals to encourage active travel and healthy streets in London, and
  • Proposals to change policy relating to Taxi and Private Hire regulation, traffic enforcement on the TLRN or road user charging

You can view details of our consultations at

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

If you are not satisfied with this response please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.
Yours sincerely
Graham Hurt
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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