FOI request detail

Bus Driver Safety during the Pandemic

Request ID: FOI-1391-2122
Date published: 27 October 2021

You asked

A published 23 July 2021 letter from the Deputy Mayor for Transport to a London bus driver (cf. clearly states — “I understand you and Assembly Member Keith Prince met with Transport for London (TfL) staff on June 10 to discuss bus driver safety during the pandemic.” Please provide me with any emails or memos from the TfL executives who participated in that meeting (i.e., Chief Safety Officer, Head of Bus Business Development, Head of Health & Wellbeing and Senior Bus Safety Development Manager) and the Deputy Mayor that— (a) discuss TfL's preparations for that meeting ; and, (b) report to the Deputy Mayor any discussions which took place at at the 10 June 2021 meeting.

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1391-2122

Thank you for your request received on 1 October 2021 asking for information about a meeting held on 10 June 2021 to discuss bus driver safety during the pandemic.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

To confirm, TfL attendees included: Lilli Matson - Chief Safety, Health & Environment Officer, Samantha Philips - Head of Health and Wellbeing, Tom Cunnington - Head of Buses Business Development, Jane Lupson - Senior Bus Safety Development Manager, and Euan MacFarlane - Government Relations Advisor. This meeting was conducted via a Teams call.

Please find attached:

•           The briefing note that went to Lilli Matson ahead of the meeting, the briefing note also went to City Hall for their information
•           The note of the meeting circulated internally after the meeting, including the slide deck that was shared with Keith Prince following the meeting

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

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Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]


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