Direction of Travel (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Yes, the various ideas which you corrected in the transport document were surely ghost trains rumbling around London; the ideas which the previous Mayor had put up were spurious hopes which were not going to be delivered and were extremely misleading, like the Cross River Tram, the whole idea of building that where there was absolutely insufficient funding in place as indeed my colleague, Brian Coleman, pointed out at the Transport Committee a couple of months ago a completely bonkers idea and really very seriously misleading to the people of South London.

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Answer for Direction of Travel (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Direction of Travel (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On that can I just say, Richard, the possibility for increasing capacity in that route in that corridor lies overwhelmingly with the Northern Line. That is what we should be doing.

Brian Coleman (AM): Quite right. Absolutely right.

Richard Tracey (AM): Indeed, to the Transport Committee I seem to recollect it was pointed out by Professor Glaister [Professor of Transport & Infrastructure, Imperial College London], who is no mean expert, that it could all be done by more buses in the area that they are talking about.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Well, I certainly think that if you look at the Northern Line possibility there you actually get a much bigger increase in capacity than you would have done under any projections for the Cross River Tram. I am delighted that Tim O'Toole [Managing Director, London Underground] and his people are pursuing that option very vigorously. That is where we should be concentrating our efforts. It is a question of focus.