12 March 2012

Keeping Londoners moving

Last week Boris Johnson launched his 9 point plan to secure Greater London's future and he has already started to deliver.

In point 8, the Mayor pledges to reduce Tube delays by an additional 30% by 2015, build Crossrail and an orbital rail to link London's suburbs, as well as extend the Barclays Bike Hire scheme.

On Thursday, Boris opened an extension of the cycle hire scheme which now stretches from Shepherd’s Bush in the west, through central London and east to the edge of the Olympic Park. The expansion means over 8,000 bikes will now be available from more than 570 docking stations.

And on Friday, the Mayor set out how continuing investment, staff training and innovation will increase efficiency and cut Tube delays by an additional 30% by 2015.

Increased medical training for station staff to help reduce response times when passengers are taken ill and the introduction of ‘blue light’ escorts for spare parts to help engineers get to incidents more quickly will both contribute to a more efficient service.

But these commitments and innovations can only be delivered by sticking to the Mayor's investment plans.

Boris's determination to end the waste and mismanagement of the previous Mayor has freed up the money to pay for a strong plan for our future. The plan puts that money where Londoners want to see it spent in spite of the very difficult financial circumstances. It protects investment at a time when budgets are being cut elsewhere and focuses on the things that will create jobs and get Londoners through tough times.

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