Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [7]

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


Mr Mayor, can I congratulate you on what you have told us about how you have improved travelling in outer London over the last four years?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you.

Richard Tracey (AM): Can I endorse what my colleague Steve O'Connell has said about the improvements to the tram link, one end of which of course is in Wimbledon? Also, can I endorse what has been said about the East London line extension which will reach Clapham Junction in my constituency by the end of this year. They are fine records.

But the other point that I want to just bring to your attention and ask for your comments on is that during your mayoralty I understand from the Channel 4 FactCheck that fewer journeys have been delayed and --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I forgot to mention that, Dick, yes. So did Val.

Richard Tracey (AM): -- fewer excess journey times have been recorded. Furthermore, fewer passenger hours have been lost. Surely, is that not proof of what you have done for travellers in outer London.


Answer for Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Outer London Public Transport (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I am very glad that you have brought that up. Doubtless it had occurred to Val to say so but the words somehow died in her throat. It is absolutely true that by taking over the PPP, by getting rid of that nonsense, by working intensively with London Underground (LU) and their management and the approach that they take to driving down delays. I pay tribute to the managers there and to the staff and everybody who is now working flat out to reduce delays. We have them down by 40%. We now think that we can reduce delays on the Tube by another 30% over the next four years. That will be done by a series of interventions, some of them technological and involving investment in new equipment that the policies being advocated opposite would put at risk. Also, I am afraid they are at risk of being opposed by the very unions who sponsor people like Val. It is absolutely vital that we go ahead with technological improvements for the Tube that will not only deliver automation and enable us to reduce delays but will also cut costs.

Richard Tracey (AM): Another thing. Are you aware that thanks to your successful negotiation of the use of Oyster cards on the mainline trains, I am told that there are more passengers from Wimbledon using that facility than from other stations in outer London?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Yes. There are 100 million journeys now on the overground using pay-as-you-go. It has been fantastic. Of course, the benefit of pay-as-you-go - I forgot to mention this and so did Val, funnily enough - for many travellers in outer London is that you get the cheaper fare. We have renegotiated that. We got that deal for travellers in outer London. I am very proud of it and I am just amazed that Val forgot to mention it.

Richard Tracey (AM): Well done. Thank you.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you. That is excellent.