London: Four years on (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Roger Evans
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

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The Liberal Democrats, Mr Mayor, have just spent all their time trying to convince you to take on their budget proposals that we discussed earlier. Do you know how they are going to pay for their proposals? Did you know, for instance, that they were suggesting we raise the congestion charge? Do you think that raising the congestion charge would make Londoners better off?

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Answer for London: Four years on (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for London: Four years on (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): No, but I would make a distinction between the Liberals and the Greens and the Labour Group. The Liberals and the Greens in trying to address the issues of how to fund more step-free access and how to deliver on increasing transport investment whilst making cuts, they at least come up with plans to raise cash. The Greens are proposing a pan-London congestion charge --

Darren Johnson (AM): Road pricing.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Sorry, road pricing, which is the same sort of thing, road pricing for everybody who uses a vehicle and the Liberals are proposing an increase in the congestion charge. At least they are having the intellectual honesty to come up with proposals in answer to the question of where is the money coming from. I am not hearing that from the Labour Party and I think that is what we need to hear over the next few weeks.

Roger Evans (AM): We have had a little bit of a debate here about the improvements you have made to town centres around outer London. Can I just invite you to work with the LOCOG organisers of the Olympics to encourage more people to travel out of town to go to places like Gants Hill, which you have visited yourself in the past and where we have a fine selection of restaurants and nightclubs and entertainment and which would be far less crowded than those venues in the centre of London to which they might be otherwise tempted to travel?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes, Roger. You and I on several occasions now have had the joy of going to Gants Hill and talking to people there and seeing the benefits of the transport improvements you were able to deliver in that neighbourhood.