Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

Answer for Oral Update on the Report of the Mayor

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson MP (Mayor of London):  I have a few things to update you on.

First of all, Dick [Richard Tracey AM] has asked for an update on the fares announcement.  Members will know that we have put a real-terms freeze on Transport for London’s (TfL) services and we are extending free travel for children on National Rail services in the capital.  TfL fares are set to rise by about 1% in line with the July retail price index (RPI).  Single bus fares and all but two of the pay-as-you-go single Tube fares are going to be frozen.  Travelcards and season tickets will increase by slightly less than 1%.  This is the third year in a row that we have been able to provide a real-terms fares freeze whilst balancing the need to keep investing in and modernising our network.  The gist of the change for kids under 11 is that they now will be able to use their Zip photocards when they are travelling on all National Rail services in London, which is something that people will appreciate.  It does not seem to be getting a deafening round of applause but, anyway, there you go.  It is progress, folks.

There are various other things.  Stratford, West Ham and Canning Town are coming into the Zone 2/3 boundary rather than Zone 3, which is very important.  We have done a huge amount to regenerate that area.  This is a big step forward.  This is in tune and in line with what we are doing with the enormous post-Olympic regeneration that is going on.

You will have seen, obviously, that, we are doing a lot to help young people get into the tech world.  We have put some more money into training for 14-to-24-year-olds.  It is all very well having one of the most dynamic tech sectors anywhere in the world - and there are about half a million people in London now employed in tech and it is going to grow massively by 30% - but I want to see young Londoners getting those skills.  We have launched a tech nurturing and digital talent programme that I hope will be successful.

We have launched a new police research institute at University College London (UCL) in order to have a better understanding of efficient, modern policing and how to help bring crime down ever further.  There are many other things, but I sense that we should probably move on to questions.