North Harrow Station Ticket Office (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
June 18, 2008
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can I have a clear commitment because the written response I got on the question mentioned postponement. You have not answered my question as yet today. When you say postponement, how long are you postponing this until? What does postponement mean?

Answer

Answer for North Harrow Station Ticket Office (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for North Harrow Station Ticket Office (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Sine die. Until the cows come home.

Navin Shah (AM): We want a definitive answer because there is a lot of anxiety.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I understand.

Navin Shah (AM): The petition that you signed in April very clearly supports the kind of ethos that you were talking about and, frankly, the residents, not only in Harrow but those of at least 40 ticket offices which are threatened with closures, they want a clear, definitive answer.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No. I will not close the North Harrow ticket office.

Navin Shah (AM): Why do you not lift the postponement straight away and say that this is not going to happen full stop?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): That is exactly what I have just said. We will not close the North Harrow ticket office.

Navin Shah (AM): And the 40 other ticket offices as well? Because you did clearly say in your manifesto, and I can quote you if you like, that you are opposed to the closure of all ticket offices.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am. I am opposed to the closure of the ticket offices because I think what Londoners want is they want to feel safe on public transport -

Navin Shah (AM): Absolutely.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): - on the Tubes and they want to feel that even if they are not using a ticket they bought on the day, that there is going to be someone there if something scary happens on the Tube on the way home and that they are not going to have to fend for themselves. That is why it is very important that we do this and I am absolutely committed to making sure that happens.

Navin Shah (AM): In that case, do I take it that it is not postponement any more; you are giving a clear commitment? Can I have an indication of time when not only the threat to the North Harrow ticket office but to the other 40 odd as well is being lifted and you will be announcing very clearly the date the threat is actually taken away?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): You can consider that the threat has been lifted, annihilated, vaporised, liquidated, exterminated, removed, obliterated.

Navin Shah (AM): As of now?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): As of now.

Navin Shah (AM): I am pleased for the service users and the residents who have campaigned very hard. Thank you.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you for joining us in the campaign and for representing your guys so well.