London Transport

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How do you think Londoners will judge your stewardship of London’s transport?

Supplementary Questions: 


Answer for London Transport

Answer for London Transport

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Thank you, Chairman.  London has one of the best transport networks in the world, the envy of many leading global cities, but we must continually seek to improve transport in London and that is exactly what we are doing.


I am proud of what we have already achieved since I became Mayor.  When I was elected, I was clear that TfL needed to become leaner and more efficient to meet London’s future transport needs and I challenged it to undertake the biggest overhaul in its history to help save costs that could be reinvested in the transport network.  Two and a half years on, it is a very different organisation.  TfL has been restructured to bring together previously dispirit functions with a smaller senior management team.  Despite losing on average £700 million a year in the Government grant, these changes have meant that we have been able to keep our promise to freeze TfL fares and preserve concessions and introduce the Hopper fare, making travel more affordable for millions of Londoners.


In contrast, since 2016, the Government has overseen an overall increase in National Rail fares of around 9% and on a regular basis commuters coming into London on Southern, Southeastern and South Western trains are having to endure a chaotic, not-fit-for-purpose service.


I am proud that by 2020 my fares freeze will have saved an average London household around £200.  This is in addition to the 275 million bus journeys that have been cheaper because of the Hopper bus fare.  Again, in contrast, under the previous Mayor [Boris Johnson], TfL fares increased by more than 42% in eight years.


Since 2016, we have also been able to deliver significant improvements to London’s transport network.  Let me give you just a few examples.  TfL has increased services on the Jubilee and Northern lines and has increased peak capacity on the DLR ‑‑


Tony Devenish AM:  Mr Mayor, I have 30 seconds.  Can I stop you and just ask you a question, if you would not mind?


Buses are the public transport for many Londoners - I am sure you will agree - especially our senior citizens and disabled.  It avoids isolation for those very vulnerable people in their homes.  Do you regret that since you have been Mayor there have been huge cuts in the bus network in central London, please?


Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London):  Chairman, in relation to the TfL bus network, it is important to state the facts and the facts are that, for example, over the coming year [2019], we will be contributing more to our bus network than any previous Mayor with approaching £700 million in subsidy given towards our buses.  I am really proud of the contribution we are making towards the buses in our city.


I am not sure if I have said this before, Chairman, but this is personal to me because my dad was a bus driver.


Tony Arbour AM (Chairman):  Thank you.  We have come to the end of the discussion on that matter.