Keeping London Moving

When I arrived in City Hall I was confronted with a transport network which was creaking at capacity and a number of London residents being unfairly penalised for where they lived in London. A transport revolution in London was what was needed and that is what I have delivered.

Under the previous Mayor projects were completed on the never-never, promised on the never-never and never-ever delivered. The stranglehold of the unions was clasped tightly around the windpipe of Londoners. The previous Mayor waged war against motorists. I am working to reduce the scourge of road works and am re-phasing the traffic lights to smooth traffic flow.

Since being elected in 2008 I have -

On the Tube

  • Fought for and secured the biggest upgrade of the Tube network on record, which will increase capacity of the Underground by 30% and reliability
  • After years of inaction under the previous Mayor, I’ve started to build Crossrail and ensured it will be delivered in full. On completion, Crossrail will add 10% capacity to London’s transport infrastructure, giving Londoners more reliable and comfortable journeys
  • Delivered the extension to the London Overground, ahead of schedule and on budget
  • Started to roll out 191 air-conditioned carriages on the Metropolitan line and by 2015, all 191 will be in use on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City, District and Circle lines

On the rail network

  • Rolled out Oyster cards on to the National Rail network, after years of stalled talks, especially benefitting outer London and resulting in more than two million Oyster PAYG journeys every week
  • Delivered free travel for injured war veterans in London and extended the Freedom Pass to 24 hours so that they can be used at rush hour

On congestion

  • Abolished the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone, following a full public consultation
  • Introduced a permit scheme for utility companies carrying out works on the road network, which has enabled TfL to refuse nearly 9,000 permits since April 2010, preventing 1,200 days of potential disruption
  • The overall level of roadworks on ‘red routes’ is now down 8% on 2009/10 and the amount of disruption they cause 20% lower
  • Re-phased traffic lights across London, with the timings over 1,700 sets changed, reducing congestion at those signals by 6.8%
  • Introduced the latest technology at nearly 600 traffic light allowing traffic signals to automatically adjust their timings to suit levels of traffic. By 2015 half of the capital’s 6,000 traffic signals should be using the system, reducing delays at each location by an estimated 12%
  • Started the first trial of pedestrian countdown timers on traffic signals in England. Initial feedback shows that the scheme is already demonstrating clear benefits for the capital’s pedestrians and motorists.
  • Brought in Autopay for the Congestion Charge.
  • People who sign up not only receive a £1 discount but will never receive a fine for forgetting to pay, as long as the vehicle is registered and the Autopay account is active.

On London’s cycle revolution

  • Introduced the new Barclays Cycle Hire scheme which has seen 6,000 bicycles at over 400 docking stations across nine boroughs. In the first six months 10 million kilometres have been cycled over the course of two and half million journeys.
  • Delivered Cycle Superhighways. These are radial routes from outer London into the centre, giving cyclists a fast and safe route into town.

On the buses

  • Withdrawn the bendy bus from service. As of 9 December 2011, no more bendy-buses have been seen in London - blocking crossings, junctions and frightening cyclists.
  • Londoners can now check when their bus is coming by web, text and mobile phone app

And finally

  • Given the nearly 25,000 black-cab drivers of London a voice and a seat on the board of Transport for London
  • Extended the Oyster Card to include river travel on the Thames Clipper services

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