Greater London Authority Bill - continued        House of Lords
PART IV, TRANSPORT - continued

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  CHAPTER XII
  ROAD TRAFFIC
 
Transport for London as a traffic authority
Transport for London to be the traffic authority for GLA roads.     212. - (1) Section 121A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (traffic authorities) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(1A) Transport for London is the traffic authority for every GLA road."
 
      (3) In subsection (2) (London borough council or Common Council to be traffic authority for roads in the borough or the City for which the Secretary of State is not the traffic authority) after "in the City" there shall be inserted "which are not GLA roads and".
 
Power to place traffic signs in connection with GLA roads.     213. - (1) Section 73 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (powers and duties of local traffic authorities in Greater London in respect of traffic signs) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (1) (power to fix traffic signs to lamp-posts etc in connection with orders under section 6 or 9)-
 
 
    (a) after "proposed by them," there shall be inserted "Transport for London,"; and
 
    (b) after "whether or not belonging to" there shall be inserted "Transport for London or".
      (3) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(1A) In connection with any GLA road, Transport for London may-
 
 
    (a) exercise, as respects any road in Greater London which is neither a trunk road nor a GLA road, any powers exercisable by the traffic authority for that road in connection with the placing of traffic signs on or near that road in pursuance of section 65 of this Act; and
 
    (b) affix any such sign to any lamp-post or other structure in the highway, whether or not belonging to Transport for London.
      (1B) The power conferred by subsection (1A) above shall be exercisable-
 
 
    (a) in connection with any order under section 6 or 9 of this Act made or proposed to be made by Transport for London; or
 
    (b) in any other circumstances.
      (1C) Before exercising the power conferred by subsection (1A) above, Transport for London shall consult the traffic authority for the road on or near which Transport for London proposes to place the traffic sign."
 
      (4) In subsection (2) (duty of London borough council and Common Council as to maintenance, alteration and removal of traffic signs in their area)-
 
 
    (a) for "their area" there shall be substituted "Greater London"; and
 
    (b) for "the council of a London borough and of the Common Council of the City of London" there shall be substituted "the appropriate traffic authority".
      (5) After subsection (2) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2) above, "the appropriate traffic authority", in the case of any traffic sign, is the authority which is the traffic authority for the road as respects which the order under section 6 or 9 of this Act is made in connection with which the traffic sign is required."
 
      (6) At the end of the section there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(6) The powers of Transport for London exercisable under subsection (1A) above by virtue of subsection (1B)(b) above shall extend to the removal or repositioning of any traffic sign on or near the road in question, whether placed by Transport for London or not.
 
      (7) On the removal or repositioning by Transport for London of any such traffic sign placed by another authority, the traffic sign shall vest in Transport for London.
 
      (8) Except-
 
 
    (a) with the consent of Transport for London, or
 
    (b) in pursuance of a direction under section 65(2) of this Act,
  the traffic authority for a road shall not remove, alter or in any way interfere with any traffic sign placed or repositioned on or near the road by Transport for London by virtue of subsection (1B)(b) above."
 
      (7) In consequence of the provisions of this section, the sidenote to the section becomes "Powers and duties of local traffic authorities in Greater London in respect of traffic signs."
 
Power to affix traffic signs to walls.     214. - (1) Section 74 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (affixing of signs to walls) shall be amended as follows.
 
      (2) In subsection (1) (which confers the power)-
 
 
    (a) before "the council of a London borough" there shall be inserted "Transport for London and"; and
 
    (b) after "shall" there shall be inserted "each".
      (3) After subsection (1) there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(1A) Subsections (2) to (7) below shall apply in relation to Transport for London as they apply in relation to a London borough council."
 
      (4) In subsection (8) (no derogation from certain other powers) after "the powers of" there shall be inserted "Transport for London or".
 
 
Traffic control systems in Greater London
Transfer of London Traffic Control System to Transport for London.     215. - (1) So far as relating to-
 
 
    (a) GLA roads, and
 
    (b) roads in Greater London which are neither GLA roads nor trunk roads,
  the functions transferred to the Secretary of State by orders under paragraph 10 of Schedule 5 to the Local Government Act 1985 are transferred to Transport for London by this subsection.
 
      (2) The functions referred to in subsection (1) above are the functions conferred by sections 65, 73, 74 and 75 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 in respect of traffic signs which are traffic light signals controlling the movement of any class of road traffic (including pedestrians).
 
      (3) Any property which, immediately before the coming into force of this section, is held by the Secretary of State for the purposes of the functions transferred by subsection (1) above is transferred to and vested in Transport for London by this subsection.
 
      (4) The property in relation to which subsection (3) above applies is-
 
 
    (a) property of any description vested in the Secretary of State by an order under paragraph 10 of Schedule 5 to the Local Government Act 1985; and
 
    (b) property of a corresponding description subsequently acquired by the Secretary of State.
      (5) All rights and liabilities of the Secretary of State relating to property transferred by this section and subsisting immediately before the coming into force of this subsection are transferred to and vested in Transport for London by this subsection.
 
      (6) Subsection (5) above does not apply in relation to rights and liabilities under contracts of employment.
 
      (7) Subject to that, subsection (5) above applies in relation to rights or liabilities of the Secretary of State whether transferred to him by an order under paragraph 10 of Schedule 5 to the Local Government Act 1985 or otherwise acquired or incurred.
 
      (8) Any expenses reasonably incurred by or on behalf of Transport for London in the exercise, in relation to roads which are not GLA roads, of the functions transferred by this section may be recovered by Transport for London from the London borough councils and the Common Council in such proportions as may be agreed between Transport for London and those authorities or, in default of agreement, as may be determined by Transport for London.
 
 
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