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…

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…

‘Clumsy’ ULEZ extension will not tackle worst-polluting areas despite costing £780million

– Extension will only improve air quality by an additional 10% – original ULEZ will see 51% reduction – Projected additional cost of £780million – £220 per household – Money could buy 2,600 hybrid buses for same impact on emissions – Report calls on Mayor to keep original ULEZ and suggests alternative additions The Mayor of London’s proposal to extend the ULEZ is a clumsy…

Mayor ditches police numbers target weeks after raising council tax

– Removes £38million from Met’s police officer staffing budget Responding to the Mayor’s decision to cut £38million from the Met’s recruitment budget, London Assembly member Gareth Bacon said: “Even for a Mayor who has rowed back on almost all of his major pre-election pledges, this is an astonishing development. “Just three weeks ago Sadiq Khan announced he was raising council tax in order to maintain…

Mayor backs ‘Twitter troll’ Night Czar despite offensive tweets and bizarre tax arrangements

– Sadiq Khan admits he ‘would not endorse or condone’ Amy Lamé posts – Refuses to be criticised on third-party payment The Mayor of London has reiterated his backing for controversial Night Czar Amy Lamé despite her ‘gratuitously offensive’ tweets and questionable tax affairs. At Mayor’s Question Time, Sadiq Khan admitted he ‘would not endorse or condone’ many of her most offensive online comments but…

Sadiq Khan has ‘failed Londoners’ in his first six months

– Mayor risking capital’s future with disastrous policies, Assembly Member warns Sadiq Khan has failed Londoners with a series of disastrous policies and broken promises in his first six months in office, according to a London Assembly member. Gareth Bacon AM says the Mayor needs to properly explain why he has ditched key election pledges on affordable homes targets, zero public transport strikes and the…

Mayor’s terrorism review has serious ‘lack of focus’

On the release of the Mayor of London’s Harris Review on terrorism preparedness London Assembly Member Gareth Bacon said: “Though the intentions of the Harris Review were noble, and it has some good recommendations such as the Mayor attending Cobra meetings, it has a serious lack of focus. “Of the 127 recommendation nearly 50% are not even within the Mayor’s powers. “We appreciate detail but…

Hackers Could Be Costing the London Economy £35Billion a Year

A recent report has estimated that 329,000 companies in London could have experienced an online security breach, with a potential cost to the economy of over £35Billion. It also found that the vast majority of the businesses potentially affeced by security breaches, an estimated 327,000 , were small organisations with 249 employees or less. The new report Safe & Secure: Protecting London’s data proposes a…

Calls for tolerance in London after Referendum result

– Hate crimes against migrants ‘unacceptable’ The Conservative group leader on the London Assembly has condemned racist attacks in the wake of the EU Referendum result and called for greater tolerance. Since the decision to leave the EU was announced, there have been reports of a spike in hate crime across the UK, with two high-profile incidents in the capital.