Scrapped Transport Infrastructure

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Reference: 
2012/0880
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Which of the transport infrastructure projects which you scrapped in 2008 do you now most regret cancelling?

Answer

Answer for Scrapped Transport Infrastructure

Answer for Scrapped Transport Infrastructure

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I do not regret any of the decisions I made to stop wasting money on transport infrastructure projects that had no funding to be built. Funding expensive work on their detailed development was a waste, particularly when we were having to cut budgets elsewhere.

To give an example of this, over £30m was spent developing the West London Tram before being cancelled by the previous Mayor, and around £20m was spent developing Cross River Tram which would have required many millions to obtain powers.

Additionally, the Thames Gateway Bridge was not supported by the independent planning inspector.

I have reviewed the need and scope of the schemes as part of my Transport Strategy and as a result, I still remain interested in Tramlink extensions and other key projects.

I am also currently progressing other key projects which provide both significant transport improvements and serve key opportunity areas supporting growth. The River Crossings Package and the Northern Line extension are just two examples.

I am committed to supporting investment where it has maximum impact in stimulating economic growth and supporting regeneration, and I will continue to progress those projects that help deliver this.