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…

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,…

Rail Devolution: Sadiq Khan ‘abdicating responsibility as Mayor’

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…

Mayor’s ‘reckless’ TfL budget will bring many more tube strikes

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…

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,…

Statement on Mayor’s official confirmation of his TfL ‘fares freeze’

– 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…