Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [5]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Sutton really has the case together here and the support, as has been mentioned, actually is of the specific route.  This is not just a general concept, “Do you like the idea of having a tram?”  It is actually the specific route. 

You have said today that you will look at progressing it.  What I would like is for you to commit.  You mentioned earlier your volcanic energy.  Will you put your volcanic energy behind this and actually give us a date today when you think we could see the tram come to Sutton?

Answer

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [5]

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [5]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I will give you a date by which I will give you an answer.  I will give you an answer by the end of the year.  I will give you an answer on that.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  By the end of this calendar year?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  By the end of this calendar year.  I tell you what.  I do not want to ‑‑

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  Will you promise to put your volcanic energy behind it?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not want to monkey around about this.  If the answer is no - and it is a tragic no - then I will be straight with you.  If we can do it, I will try to give you an answer by the end of the year.  That will mean looking at all the things that I have mentioned - the cost and the politics.

Caroline Pidgeon MBE AM:  The case absolutely stacks up and, if you put your energy behind it, this could be part of your legacy.  Thank you, Mr Mayor.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Energetic though I am, I do not personally have £16 billion, but there you go.  Not yet.