– 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.
From day one Sadiq’s ‘zero days of public transport strikes’ pledge has seemed incredibly naïve, and today a mere 6 months into his 4 years it is starting to fall apart.
The Mayor thought he could just give into every union demand and avoid strike, but what he underestimated was their greed.
The Mayor should be working towards real solutions to strike action, such as binding arbitration where agreements are reached by a judge avoiding industrial action.
Sadiq once said that ‘Strikes are ultimately a sign of failure’, and I can’t think of a better word to describe his Mayoralty.
The Mayor and Metropolitan Police Commissioner must reassure Londoners that quieter parts of London included in the upcoming Night Tube will not be blighted by increases in anti-social behaviour, says Steve O’Connell
The Night Tube, set to start operation on 19 August, will be transporting thousands of late night revellers to areas of outer London that currently experience low levels of anti-social behaviour.
Even with the announced increased policing presence focused in and around certain Night Tube ‘red stations’, Assembly Member O’Connell believes the Mayor and Met Commissioner should also detail how they intend to keep the peace in quieter areas of outer London.
“Since when has a £46K starting salary and 43 days of holiday a year not been enough for tube drivers?”
In response to today’s announcement of Boxing Day strikes being avoided as tube bosses agree to a £350 bonus for tube drivers, Conservative London Assembly Member Richard Tracey said:
“TfL should not be in a position where they feel they have no choice but to pay a bung of £280K of fare payer and taxpayer money in order to stop union bosses holding London to ransom on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Since when has a £46K starting salary and 43 days of holiday a year not been enough for tube drivers? This proves that even when strike action does not go ahead, the threat is often used by union bosses to make Londoners suffer. The Government needs to urgently ban tube strikes and replace them with an independent mediation process which protects workers’ rights.”
New report calls for TfL to institute change by January 2014 to satisfy 6 million footfall
A new report “All Aboard at Turnham Green” has called on the Mayor and Transport for London to include Turnham Green as a stop on the Piccadilly Line from January 2014. Turnham Green has an annual footfall of 6 million, which is greater than both Hyde Park and Mansion House in zone 1.
Zone 1-6 travelcard holder about £90 better off
A package of sponsorship deals across London’s public transport could raise the £136 million¹ required to completely freeze passenger fares for a year – leaving a zone 1-6 travelcard holder an estimated £90² better off. Alternatively, passenger fares could be capped at inflation for the next three years if TfL could raise £204 million³ through sponsorship.
A poll of 531 Londoners shows more than 4 in 5 people in the Capital (82%) support more sponsorship across public transport such as renaming existing tube stations (e.g. Virgin Euston), entire tube lines or bus routes.
Bearing down on fares through sponsorship
Gareth Bacon: "It's time for the London Underground to join the rest of the world and get Tube mobile coverage"
Gareth Bacon, London Assembly Member, is today launching a report “Calling All Stations” to ask Transport for London (TfL) to implement Tube mobile coverage.
“TfL has been dragging their feet for too long and London is far behind in terms of mobile connectivity because of this. Paris and Berlin have had this technology since the late 1990’s and now cities such as Moscow, Rome, Seoul, and Beijing are able to make phone calls, text, and surf the web underground when we can’t.
“Every excuse to why London does not have mobile connectivity on the Tube is weak. The technology exists and TfL needs to make the kind of progress driven deals other world cities have made. This may mean TfL will gain a smaller percentage of the large profits this technology will reap, but at this point London needs to catch up.
“Mobile connectivity is no longer a simple convenience it is a requirement for a growth driven and competitive modern city.
- Tower Hamlets electoral fraud: Police and Crime committee & chair @SteveO_Connell, helps push new investigation https://t.co/c1qYYblsrF
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- RT @KeithPrinceAM: Campaigning I Hammersmith this evening with @Assembly_Tories https://t.co/TK1VIvcXzs