– TfL Rail will be used as the North-East part of the £15billion Crossrail project
– New figures show TfL Rail suffered 3 million minutes of passenger delays in 6 months, equivalent to 5.7 years
– Causes of delays included 'sunlight on signal' and 'leaf contamination'
The TfL Rail service has caused five and a half years of delays in a 6 month period, putting the future operation of the Crossrail in question.
– Assembly Member Keith Prince wants introduction of ‘binding pendulum arbitration’
– System would mean independent ruling on disputes without costly walkouts
– Report shows tube and Southern strikes would have been avoided
Strike action should be banned and judges should be given powers to rule on industrial disputes to keep Londoners out of the firing line, according to a new report.
‘Struck Out 2 – Judgement Day’, by Keith Prince, says recent costly and disruptive walkouts on the tube and Southern network would have been avoided if ‘binding pendulum arbitration’ was already in place.
– Travel perk grants free travelcards for flatmates of TfL staff
– Mayor urged to give firefighters free travel instead at a fraction of the cost
A perk that grants free travel to the flatmates of TfL staff now costs London taxpayers over £33million a year in lost revenue, research shows.
London Assembly member Keith Prince wants the Mayor to scrap the ‘ridiculous and unnecessary’ bonus and instead offer firefighters free travel at a fraction of the cost.
TfL currently allows staff to hand out free travelcards to friends, lodgers, family members or anyone else living at their address(1) at a cost of £33.3million(2) a year.
Against all evidence the Mayor is reversing decisions to reduce hundreds of unnecessary staff
The Mayor has given in to union’s demands and massively scaled back plans to reduce unnecessary station staff at a cost of £68million.
Following the closure of underused ticket offices TfL planned to remove 950 station positions at a savings of £50million a year.
In an independent review of this decision, ordered by Sadiq Khan, these plans for ticket office closures were supported. Even with this evidence unions staged a 24-hour Tube strike in early January due to these changes.
Today TfL announced they will be hiring 325 new station staff, and this is estimated to cost £17million a year.*
In throwing his toys out of the pram and refusing to co-operate with the government, Sadiq Khan has ruined any chance we as a city had of taking control of mainline rail in London.
Instead of seeking to address concerns the government had over his ability to take on these services, he has thrown a tantrum, shown his complete ineptitude at this level of politics and proved the government right.
He was given an opportunity to help shape the future of mainline rail but, with his pathetic refusal to take a seat at the table, Sadiq Khan has abdicated his responsibility as Mayor.
This is disastrous news for commuters desperate for improved services who deserve to have their political representatives putting their views across at the highest level.
Sadiq Khan’s ‘Zero Strikes’ election pledge has always been considered laughable, but the disruption caused by these upcoming strikes will be no joke.
His recklessly tight budget will most likely lead to many more strikes over his term.
How he thought he could keep his ‘Zero Strikes’ promise while cutting the TfL budget to shreds with his partial fares freeze is beyond me.
An independent review has supported the previous Mayor’s decision to close ticket offices and improve staff visibility, making these strikes entirely pointless.
– Fares to increase almost two per cent despite Sadiq Khan’s election pledge
Commuters are paying for the Mayor of London’s broken promise to freeze fares for all Londoners until 2020, says Keith Prince AM.
Fares have increased by 1.9 per cent in January, despite Sadiq Khan promising last year that ‘Londoners won’t pay a penny more in 2020 than they do today’.
Keith Prince, London Assembly member for Havering and Redbridge, said:
“The Mayor was crystal clear in his pre-election promise to freeze fares for Londoners until 2020 – and it is crystal clear who is to blame for it not being delivered.
“A total of 4.5 million regular commuters will see their fares go up this month, proof that the Mayor’s supposed fares freeze is a farce.
“By trying to deflect blame onto the government, Sadiq Khan is failing to take responsibility for his own promises. Londoners are now beginning to see the Mayor’s inability to deliver when it matters.”
– Piccadilly Line upgrades pushed back four years
– Long term borrowing up 46%
– 27% increase in long-term liabilities
– Overly optimistic predictions on efficiency savings
Commuters are in for a rough four years after the Mayor of London’s TfL business model revealed plans for reckless borrowing and delayed investment.
Commenting, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said:
“Since May we’ve seen the Mayor making wild spending promises with little real hint of how he's going to balance the books.
“Now we know why – he's going to leave the books resolutely unbalanced. This is the business plan of a one-term Mayor who is desperate to keep the show on the road for 4 years with no real thought for how to cope after May 2020.
– Signing-off of plans spells uncertainty for transport network
Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince said:
“So the Mayor’s ‘fares freeze’ is now official – ‘officially’ leaving TfL with a £640million black hole in its budget, ‘officially’ slashing investment in London’s transport network and ‘officially’ providing no benefit whatsoever to hundreds of thousands of travelcard holders who do not qualify.
“Sadiq Khan has so far been unable to provide any answers as to how he intends to cover the cost of this vain gesture, making his pledge meaningless.
“Some Londoners may well avoid a small increase in their travel costs in the short term, but in the long term all of us will pay for this disastrous policy.”
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