Mayor's press releases

Wayne Hemingway launches 'pop up shop' to provide free retail space for new creative businesses in London
27 May 2009

Designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE have today called for budding creative entrepreneurs to come forward to sell their products from 'KiosKiosK' - an innovative 'pop up shop' that will provide free temporary retail space for start-up businesses in central London this summer. 

Major boost for Jubilee Line
25 May 2009

The Jubilee line is set to receive a real boost with longer trains together with a host of improvements across the line, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone announced today.

From January 2006, an extra seventh carriage is to be added to all Jubilee line trains, boosting passenger capacity by...

Mayor unveils increase in the London Living Wage
22 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced that he is increasing the London Living Wage to £7.60 per hour, a rise of 15p. This represents an increase of 2 per cent on last year’s figure, and an overall increase of 13.4 per cent since the London Living Wage was introduced in 2005 at £6....

Statement regarding Buckingham Palace invitations
21 May 2009

The Mayor of London today welcomed the commitment from the Chair of the London Assembly to pursue the matter of the invitation to Buckingham Palace of the Leader of the BNP and resolve it.

The Chair of the London Assembly, Darren Johnson AM said earlier, ‘I totally agree with the Mayor...

Mayor aims to halve capital's severe overcrowding by 2016
21 May 2009

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today an ambitious pledge to halve severe overcrowding in London’s social housing sector by 2016, the first city in the UK to make this commitment, together with proposals to deliver more family-sized affordable housing. 

As the Mayor...

Crime down 8 per cent on tube
20 May 2009

Statistics released today (20 May) by the British Transport Police (BTP) show crime has continued to drop on the Tube and DLR (Docklands Light Railway) networks - with robberies being cut by 29 per cent this year.  Since 2005/6, the Tube and DLR have seen robberies fall by 73 per cent,...

Albert Basin and Elephant and Castle selected for newly launched climate positive development program
19 May 2009

Two projects - Albert Basin, East London, and Elephant & Castle, London Borough of Southwark were announced today as two of 16 founding projects of the Climate Positive Development Program, a Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) program that will support the development of large-scale urban...

Mayor invites the world to 'plug in' to London's electric vehicle revolution
19 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today addressed Mayors from around the world at the C40 Climate Change Summit in Seoul, detailing London’s delivery plans to become a world leader in electric vehicle usage – the Mayor committed to share this experience to help other C40 cities to do the same...

Mayor sets out foundation of Transport Strategy
18 May 2009

The Mayor of London today (18 May) published a ‘Statement of Intent’ document, which sets out the foundations upon which the Mayor’s Transport Strategy will be built over the coming months.

By 2031 London’s population will have grown by a million people and another two million journeys...

Mayor listens and acts on reaction to Crossrail planning charge proposals
18 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today published revised proposals for  alterations to the London Plan to help fund Crossrail. The alterations were first announced last December so that new office developments, in central London and in the northern part of the Isle of Dogs could be...

Mayor outlines capital's business case in Seoul
18 May 2009

Arriving in Seoul today to promote the capital’s plans to create a low carbon economy, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced the extension of ‘Touchdown London’. The service, provided by Think London, helps overseas businesses that want to set up in the capital with free office...

Mayor promotes London's low carbon economy opportunities to world city leaders
16 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today (Saturday, 16 May) travels to Seoul, South Korea to promote the capital's plans to create a low carbon economy and stimulate tens of thousands of new jobs. The Mayor will attend the C40 Climate Summit addressing Mayors and senior representatives of...

Construction of Crossrail begins
15 May 2009

Crossrail, London’s first new major railway in a generation, reached a landmark moment today (15 May) as the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister Gordon Brown marked the start of construction of Crossrail at a breakfast briefing with UK business leaders.

Mayor announces £23m investment to help get Londoners back to work
14 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today delivered on his commitment to help those affected by the economic downturn by announcing a £23 million programme that will provide skills and employment support to 20,000 unemployed Londoners.

Visiting a training centre that helps Londoners back...

Mayor sets out economic course to promote London as the business capital of the world
13 May 2009

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today outlined his vision to make London the business capital of the world by creating a global centre for excellence across a range of sectors including high-tech, medical services and creative industries.