London news Tube price hikes, Crossrail and the transport questions Sadiq Khan won't answer Uk news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The mayor has been locked in a battle with Westminster over a bailout for TfL for over a year
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Get FREE email updates for everything London UndergroundInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeLondon mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled his public transport vision for London, as he warned Transport for London faces another six months of uncertainty following his election victory. The mayor has been locked in a battle with Westminster over a bailout for TfL for over a year, but he doesn’t foresee a long-term resolution to that disagreement. In March, the effects continued to be felt by passengers on the London Underground and bus services in the form of fare increases introduced as the mayor sought to address the financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 virus disruption to TfL fare income has made the transport network reliant on money from central government to stay afloat. TfL's finances have been battered by the pandemic (Image: TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images) A series of short-term bailouts have been agreed between the government and TfL, the most recent of which expires next week. This was in contrast to other parts of the country whose local transport networks were given longer term deals. Despite being confirmed in post for another three years, London mayor Sadiq Khan said he is not expecting a deal to be struck for longer than six months. “The current deal we have with the government expires on the May 18,” he said. “Now the election’s out of the way, we can sit down sensibly to work out a future sustainable plan. “The bad news is, I suspect, the next plan will only take us to the [government’s] comprehensive spending review [CSR] [expected to be in November] for reasons that I understand. “At the CSR, we’ve got to make sure there's a proper plan from the government, which gives us a number of years deal, which is what we need." The mayor declined to make any specific promises for TfL customers for the next three years, when asked by My London, instead focusing on the battle to sign a deal with government. In was in contrast to other city mayor's, like Manchester's Andy Burnham, who made a host of commitments relating to transport following re-election . ‘Playing politics with TfL’ The arches under Wood Lane station (Image: TFL Visual Services) Khan accused the government of “playing politics” over the funding of the city’s transport network, something he hoped would cease after the election result. “Londoners understand that over the last 14 months, there's been party politics played from the government with TfL.” The mayor suggested that conditions set by Westminster for the cash TfL needs to keep going is unfair. The organisation has had to make changes to the way it is run and increase prices in a number of areas including the congestion charge . “[They have been] attaching draconian conditions to TfL, not attached to privatised train companies [in other parts of the country] or attached to anybody else that was given government support.
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.” The mayor complained that the short term deals it was agreeing with the government were unworkable. “You can't run one of the biggest transport authorities, if not the biggest, in the world, with ad hoc six-month deals,” he said. “You can't plan, you can't procure, you can't invest in capital projects.
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“That's why it's really important for us to have a sensible discussion, the government gets that, now the election’s out of the way. Hopefully, we'll sit down and work it out." Responding to the mayor’s comments a UK government spokesperson said: “This government has kept London’s transport network moving with more than £3 billion in emergency funding since the start of the pandemic. Ensuring value for money for taxpayers has been at the heart of our approach. “Future funding packages will seek to move TfL onto a more financially sustainable footing.” What will happen to Crossrail 2? Khan has previously told My London that future improvements to London transport will have to be axed because of budgetary restrictions caused by the drop in income because of COVID-19. In the same interview the mayor refused to comment on further increases in fares. Commenting on the specific upgrades which would be effected by the lack of funds, Khan said: “The bad news is because of the government conditions, we've had to pause the work we were doing on Crossrail 2 and on the Bakerloo Line Southern extension.” He added that new Tube trains on the Piccadilly line would be delivered, but challenges remained around the line’s effectiveness because there wasn't enough money to pay for signalling work. Mr Khan added: “We're already buying the Piccadilly line trains, but to make the Piccadilly line more successful we need to improve the signalling. “That’s important because that way you get more trains going through and improve the frequency and reliability.”
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