Investing in transport

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The Tube is already more efficient than ever before. Under Boris Johnson, delays on the Tube have been cut by 40% (link) and he is dedicated to improving on this, pledging to cut delays by a further 30% if re-elected.

Boris’s investment in improving transport goes well beyond cutting delays – he’s building new infrastructure, as well, including Crossrail and the Orbital Rail to link London’s suburbs. He’s also extending the popular Barclays bike hire scheme to outer London.

Boris is:

  • Investing £22 billion in infrastructure, including £6 billion in the Tube and £15.9 billion in Crossrail (HMT, Comprehensive Spending Review, 20 October 2010, link).
  • Forming London’s first orbital rail service to link our suburbs after securing the extension of the East London Line. This was achieved on budget and ahead of time (Mayor of London, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2009, link; TfL Website, ‘London Overground’, link; Richmond and Twickenham Times, 1 March 2011, link).
  • Improving the Tube network, including:
    • Completing upgrades of the District, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, and Victoria station by 2018. This will improve capacity by 24% on the District line, 27% on the Metropolitan line and 65% on the Circle and Hammersmith & City line (TfL Website, ‘Tube upgrade plan’, link; Website, ‘Our upgrade plan’, link).
    • Winning money for Crossrail by working constructively with the Government. (The Guardian, 20 October 2010, link; Crossrail, Press Release, 14 December 2011, link).
  • Expanding cycling in London:
    • Secured private funding to ensure Barclays Cycle Hire was successfully rolled out across central London in mid 2010 (The Guardian, 30 July 2010, link; Mayor of London, Mayor’s Questions, 15 July 2004, link; Cycling Weekly, 9 August 2007, link).
    • Created Cycle Superhighways providing cycle routes from outer London into central London. Four routes have now been opened, the first opening in 2010. Four more routes will open in 2013 and the last four by 2015 (Evening Standard, 11 February 2008, link; TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways: Routes and Maps’, link; TfL Website, ‘Cycle Superhighways’, link).
    • Extending the Cycle Hire to the east, taking in Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf and Mile End with 4,200 docking points and 2,000 more cycles across central London (TfL, Projects and Schemes, link)
  • Making improvements to the congestion charge, including:
    • Scrapping Ken Livingstone’s proposed £25 tax on family vehicles (London Legacy Press Release, 8 July 2008, link).
    • Scrapping the Congestion Charge Western Extension Zone after listening to Londoners (TfL, Press Release, 20 October 2010, link).
    • Introducing Congestion Charge Auto Pay (TfL, Press Release, 16 September 2011, link).
  • Protecting and extending the Freedom Pass and Oyster use:
    • 24-hour Freedom Pass for all Londoners at 60 (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 17 December 2008, link).
    • Extending Oyster to National Rail (BBC News Online, 10 March 2008, link; TfL Website, ‘Oyster on National Rail’, December 2009, link).
    • Providing free travel for injured veterans (Evening Standard, 7 November 2008, link).
  • Improving London’s buses:
    • Removed often-dangerous bendy buses, saving £7m a year through reduced fare dodging. (GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 25 February 2009, link; GLA, Press Release, 9 December 2011, link; GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 18 June 2008, link).
    • Rolling out the new Routemaster-style bus for London (BBC News Online, 9 December 2005, link; GLA, Mayor’s Questions, 21 May 2008; GLA, Press Release, 16 December 2011, link).

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