Metropolitan Line Extension £50million short of budget

– 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…

Crossrail to launch on line that suffered 50,000 hours of passenger delays

– 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…

Ban strikes and let independent judges rule on industrial disputes, says new report

– 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…

TfL fares income down £90M due to fewer passenger journeys

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…

Nominee passes now costing TfL over £33million a year

– 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’…

Tube Strikes: Mayor gives into unions demands at a cost of £68M

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,…

False fares freeze: Commuters paying for Mayor’s broken promise

– 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,…