– Letter confirms project may stall if additional cash is not found
– Mayor’s fares policy could be putting £284million project at risk
Officials at Transport for London have confirmed the Metropolitan Line Extension is £50million short of funding.
The £284million project is set to connect the Metropolitan Line from Croxley to several new stations across Watford. The project received £49million from the previous Mayor of London, but recent cost projections by TfL show that £50million more will be required before it can progress.
– 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.
Transport for London has revealed its fares income is down £90million in the year-to-date, raising serious questions about the Mayor’s ability to balance the books.
Figures released at the February TfL board meeting show income shortfalls across all forms of transport;
– Overall fares income down £90million due to lower passenger volumes
– London Underground down £43million due to 14 million fewer passenger journeys than budgeted
– Bus fares income down £51million in the year to date as passenger volumes affected by congestion
– London Overground down £7million due to 4 million fewer passenger journeys than budgeted
– Congestion Charge income down £6million due to lower volumes of chargeable vehicles (most likely people modernising cars)
– 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.*
– 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.
–Mayor’s failed £640m fares freeze hits popular service
Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince has criticised Sadiq Khan’s plans to remove conductors from Routemaster bus services and eliminate the hop-on, hop-off feature of the service.
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