levies debate resurrected by newly published map
data from Transport for London shows that Chiswick does not enjoy
"superior" public transport links
the recently published PTAL (Public Transport Accessibility Level)
scores, it would appear that Chiswick does not have the best public
transport system in Hounslow. The scores, which have been processed
into map form by LBH from raw data supplied by TfL, are compiled
to measure the provision of public transport across the borough.
transport provision has in the past been given as one of LBH’s reasons
for the higher charges - £70 in Chiswick compared with £35
in Hounslow. However, LBH asserts that the main reason for the differential
charge was the level of funding available to install each scheme
the particular year of its implementation.
Tom Carney of
Hounslow Council stated on the forum “PTAL refers to the provision
of parking, not parking charges, it has never had a bearing on the
cost of parking.” He added that the PTAL scores do not rate the
quality of services.
of public transport assisted the identification of locations that
would benefit from a CPZ. Residential areas in close proximity to
public transport tend to attract commuters wishing to park their
cars in the area, and hence the CPZs were installed to give local
residents a chance to find parking near their homes. PTAL scores
were not utilised or quoted in the reports that recommended the
charges for each CPZ.
of parking charges has long been a hot potato for LBH and Chiswick’s
Councilors and this latest information will only fuel the ongoing
LBH Transport head, has agreed to make this map available at public
This discussion continues on the forum.
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