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London: Use private pockets to plug £130bn funding gap for infrastructure with US-style trust

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Jul
28

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A US-style infrastructure trust, which shares investment risk between the private and public sectors, would speed up construction in London and help plug the £130bn funding gap, according to a new report.

Under the system proposed in “Burrowing for Success”, large private investors would part-fund construction projects such as new roads and buildings, and see a return on their cash through shared savings or revenue streams. Unlike PFI, the public sector would still contribute towards, own and operate the schemes.

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Burrowing for Success

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in CampaignsshareShare
Jul
28

Sound cannon could be the water cannon alternative London needs

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Jul
15

Tony-opinion

The Home Secretary has made the wrong decision in not allowing the Metropolitan Police the use of water cannon. Not only are water cannon a better alternative to rubber bullets, they act as a powerful visual deterrent to violence.

Another crowd control alternative is now required and I suggest the Met adopt Sound Cannon. They are low cost, safe, extremely mobile, and would be very effective at dispersing a riot or violent demonstrations. Though I hope another riot never happens we must be prepared to protect Londoners against all eventualities.

Over 340k inner Londoners without high-speed internet

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Jul
15

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London one of the worst capitals in Europe for broadband speeds – behind Paris, Bucharest and Kiev

341,592 residents* in inner London¹ are without modern high-speed internet access², according to an investigation by GLA Conservative Victoria Borwick.

These boroughs suffer from old poor quality lines leading to slow connections that in many cases are lower than half the London average.³

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The unions hate that the transport system is evolving

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Jul
8

Richard-opinion

They’re against driverless trains, they’re against turning dead ticket offices into thriving retail units, now they’re against the night tube. The unions hate that the transport system is evolving and they oppose every money saving or revenue raising idea; ideas which would help lower fares and improve journeys for Londoners. This lot, with their anti-progressive attitudes, are only fast tracking their way to extinction.

£23m business rents from closed ticket offices should pay for passenger fares

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in NewsshareShare
Jul
2

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‘Trio’ of tube reforms could create £839m fares reduction pot by 2020

Transport bosses need to embark on large scale programme of attracting businesses to London’s closed tube stations, according to GLA Conservative Gareth Bacon.

New figures released before City Hall’s regeneration committee show an extra £23m can be raised by 2020 if ticket offices are turned into retail space¹.

As part of a trio of essential tube reforms including fast tracking driverless trains and scrapping free travel passes for flatmates of TfL staff, a fares reduction pot of some £839m could be created in 5 years.²

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Heathrow is the wrong choice

Posted Posted by GLA Conservatives in OpinionshareShare
Jul
1

Richard-opinion

Heathrow is the wrong choice and shows the commission was a waste of time and money. It won’t be long before that runway is also at capacity. Soon we’ll have our 4 runways, then 6, but in parts of London that won’t work in sync. The Government now has no choice but to go back to the drawing board. Aviation needs a fresh start in the Capital with a bit of Victorian-style forethought. Instead of a confusing mishmash of runways and half-solutions scattered across the map, let’s get going on a coordinated, common-sense solution fit for the future.

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