Spending Priorities

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Given that your consultation budget is based on assumptions about the future level of government grant and you yourself have admitted that "clearly we won't get all of it", will you provide a copy of your full "wish list" in priority order? .


Answer for Spending Priorities

Answer for Spending Priorities

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

If the Government does not provide the full amount of money London needs, TfL will have to make hard choices. Our first priority would be to maintain the current transport network (including current bus service levels), having delivered the efficiency improvements included in the Business Plan. The second priority would be to maximise transports contribution to allowing the optimal pattern of sustainable growth in employment and housing, meeting the needs of the anticipated additional population (over 700,000 by 2016).More detailed prioritisation will not be possible until the amount of government grant is known and what requirements for how it is spent, if any, are placed on TfL. We are keen to hear what the priorities of Londoner's are, but would urge those who support the SR2004 campaign to focus their efforts on lobbying Government to provide additional investment in the Capital's transport system. If London is seen to be united in this campaign, and individual priorities are put to one side, we stand our best chance of getting the funding London needs. .