06 January 2012

Barnet welcomes 'Boris Bus'

I was delighted to welcome the new Routemaster, or 'Boris Bus' as they will inevitably be known, to Golders Green. The new bus will replace Ken Livingstone's hated giant bendy buses - now completely banished from the capital, as promised by Boris. Golders Green was one of the last places to lose the original Routemaster and I know will enthusiastically welcome it back in its new modern form.

Scrapping bendy-buses has saved some £7m as they were notorious for fare dodging. In contrast the new Boris Bus will be suited to Barnet's roads, environmentally friendly and when a conductor is on board passengers will be again able to hop on and off using the rear open platform.

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Categories: London, transport | Tags: Barnet, Golders green, Mike freer, New bus for london, Routemaster

04 January 2012

More jobs for Londoners

New figures today reveal there has been a rise in the number of Londoners employed in the last four years in a massive boost to London's economy.

According to research by the Financial Times, employment in the capital has grown by 2.9% since the first quarter of 2008. At the same time, economic output has also grown.

The growth parallels Boris’s record since May 2008 as Mayor – fighting for investment and creating jobs in the capital.

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Categories: Fighting London's corner, jobs and skills, London, transport, economy | Tags: Crossrail, Economy, Housing, Jobs, Tube upgrade

03 January 2012

Investing to grow London’s economy

Boris Backers were out across the capital today, talking to Londoners and leafleting at stations to get the word out about Mayor Johnson's plans to create jobs and grow the capital's economy.

In a world city we need to keep investing, or we stand still as our rivals overtake us. For years transport investment was neglected, but thanks to record investment under Boris Johnson we are creating jobs now and in the future.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, jobs and skills, London, transport | Tags: Crossrail, Jobs, Transport, Tube upgrade

19 December 2011

Taking Richmond in the right direction

By John Ffooks, Richmond resident

Richmond is one of those outer London Boroughs so neglected by the previous incumbent in City Hall. Living in Zone 4 and seeing how we were treated just made we wonder if that was our lot in life - high Council Tax and poor services. Now that we have Boris in charge Zone 4 is valued as highly as Zone 1.

For example, I use the bus a lot to get around the borough and it's clear to see how Boris has made people's lives easier and better: from easy on-off kerbside bus access for the less mobile, to countdown displays for every stop so you always know how long you'll have to wait. Sadly, Boris hasn't been able to change London's weather, but fingers crossed for the second term.

Added to that, I can now top up my pay-as-you-go Oyster on overground rail for my occasional ventures into the centre of town – only possible because Boris leant so heavily on the train operating companies to look after passenger interests not just their own. And when I do go into town and am rushing for an appointment, I know I can afford to take a cab because the traffic lights have been re-sequenced and I won’t pay just to sit in traffic.

It goes on: my Council Tax is down in real terms, and he’s not littering the streets with The Londoner, Ken Livingstone's propaganda sheet which we all paid for but no one ever read. There are more bobbies on the beat too, which as a father of young children is a real comfort. And there will be more activities for my children as they grow up thanks to Boris’ Olympic legacy – even out in Richmond!

But the best thing about Boris is that he does more with less. If that isn’t worth turning out to support, nothing is.

Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bus, Crime, Oyster, Richmond, Transport, Value for money

16 December 2011

K&C benefits from Boris's hard work

When you’re working hard, watching your budget, and feel that sometimes keeping all the plates spinning is an impossible task, you have little patience for politicians who make gimmicky announcements  - you want a Mayor who just get things done. Most importantly, you want a Mayor who focuses on the practical things which make your life better and your community safer.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Circle line, Council tax freeze, Kensington and chelsea, Police on the streets, Wez

15 December 2011

Boris in Brent

What I like most about Boris is he delivers on his promises. I was delighted when he got rid of the bendy buses, especially on the 18 route, as they regularly created congestion. I can’t wait to see the new double decker that is being deployed shortly.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Bendy bus, Brent, Brent river park, Lane rental, New bus for london

14 December 2011

Improvements in Barnet

I shall be backing Boris Johnson again in the 2012 Mayoral Election because, as a pensioner and a resident of the London Borough of Barnet since 1964, I have noticed the improvements in this area since he became Mayor of London.

By freezing council tax again, again and again he’s really helping those on a tight budget cope with rising bills and the ever increasing prices in the shops. Scrapping the wasteful Londoner newspaper to help keep tax down really is the kind of thing we want our Mayor to do.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Barnet, Council tax freeze, Norther line, Police on the streets, Tube upgrade

13 December 2011

Heading in the right direction

I’ve lived in Stroud Green in Haringey for ten years now and I love it here.  Though one of the few downsides is the local council. For years has clobbered us with a hefty council tax bill, without much thought for value for money. And before Boris became mayor, the mayor’s share of council tax was going up and up.

So it has been a welcome relief that Boris has been able to put a stop to that - freezing his share for three years in a row.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, Fighting London's corner, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Haringey, New bus for london, Stroud green, Tottenham, Value for money

12 December 2011

Bromley much better with Boris

In the almost four years since Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London, the residents of Bromley have seen a huge number of benefits.
   
Bromley has no Tube stations, yet many borough residents commute into central London so the extension of Oyster pay as you go, after many years of rhetoric but no action by Livingstone, has been of great benefit to Bromley folk. It has made travel on the train not only cheaper but much more convenient.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, London, quality of life, transport | Tags: Beckenham, Birkbeck, Bromley, Council tax freeze, Elmers end, Freedon pass, Oyster, Tramlink

09 December 2011

WATCH: Bendy buses off London's roads

At just after midnight tonight, the bendy bus on route 207 from White City to Hayes by-pass will make it's final journey.

Introduced in June 2002 by Ken Livingstone, bendy buses were unsuitable for London's roads. Too often they were involved in dangerous accidents and it was too easy to avoid paying.

Click 'read more' to watch the video and find out more what Boris has delivered for London.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, crime, environment, Fighting London's corner, Get Involved, jobs and skills, London, Olympics, quality of life, sport, transport, youth | Tags: Achievements, Bendy bus, Council tax freeze, Wez

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