CBI "Connect More" Infrastructure Survey (1)

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Have you read reports of the CBI/KPMG "Connect More" 2013 infrastructure survey? What is your response to its suggestion that, "By contrast to the wider trend in the south east, London-based businesses also score commuter rail poorly, …  suggesting that while the south east more broadly may have improved, the arteries into the capital are increasingly clogged. "


Answer for CBI "Connect More" Infrastructure Survey (1)

Answer for CBI "Connect More" Infrastructure Survey (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I absolutely agree that something needs to be done to resolve the increasingly congested conditions for commuters on rail lines into the Capital, services which currently fall outside of my responsibility. 

Good transport links, ensured through sustained investment, are absolutely crucial for business and the key to London's and the UK's economic growth. It is why I pressed for a long-term investment settlement for transport in London in this year's Spending Round.

The benefits of investment are now being felt across Transport for London (TfL)'s services. For example, the same CBI infrastructure report points out that in London, almost three quarters of businesses believe the Underground system has improved. Where transport falls under my and TfL's remit, we continue to invest in and improve services to the benefit of our customers.

From 2018, Crossrail will help ease congestion on rail services into London, providing 10 per cent more rail capacity in the Capital. In addition, the Government will be investing heavily in capacity on routes into London over the next five years, including train lengthening on many routes. But beyond these measures, two things in particular will make a significant impact:

       Further devolution of powers to award National Rail franchises, to enable us to improve reliability and service standards on rail services within London, and offer customers the same integrated, seamless experience they receive on the rest of TfL's network.

From 2015, TfL will have responsibility for the northeast London rail services between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town, Chingford and Cheshunt (via Seven Sisters); and

       To press ahead with Crossrail 2, the proposed north east-south west London rail link, which will be an absolutely critical part of the solution to tackling congestion on rail lines and at station termini in the south west and north east of the Capital.

Then we can continue to support the London and UK economy and lead this country into strong and sustainable growth.