Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Richard Barnes
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you, Chair. Can I say how grateful I am to Assembly Member Shawcross for raising the issues of outer London and the residents of outer London? I live in outer London. I represent outer London. Indeed, I travel in from outer London on a daily basis. I am pleased that after 12 years the Labour Party is actually interested in outer London. Perhaps they will come and visit us. They certainly did not for the first eight years.

But, Mr Mayor, my residents have gone through pain as the Metropolitan line has been upgraded and indeed at weekends as the Jubilee line has had investment made into it. Can you assure us, now that we have a superb and improving system with the new trains and air conditioning as well, that you will take no decision that will endanger the continued investment in the Tube line? Would you please indicate any type of decision that you will certainly avoid which would impact upon investment in the Tube to bring it up to the 21st century?


Answer for Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes. I am grateful that you pointed out the upgrade of the Metropolitan line and, yes, obviously there have been delays and difficulties are put in. But you now have new air-conditioned trains. On the subsurface lines, the District line and others, we are going to be greatly expanding the use of air-conditioned trains but also putting in new signalling. That will increase capacity. That is going to be happening over the next term on the Piccadilly line and on the subsurface lines. It would be an absolute tragedy for this city if programmes like that were put at risk by bad management of TfL's finances. I do think when Moody's put us on negative watch as a result of what is going on in the politics of this country, I think that is of concern and it should be of concern to Londoners.