26 March 2012

My Transport Manifesto

Today I am launching my transport manifesto. It's a critical part of my 9 point plan for a Greater London.

A world class city should have a world class transport system that is safe, efficient, economical and reliable. A transport system that uses modern technology to meet the changing needs of Londoners and to guarantee long term sustainable lower fares.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Boris bikes, Boris johnson, Buses, Congestion, Crossrail, Cycle hire, Freedom pass, Investment, Manifesto, Rail, Roadworks, Suburban rail, Transport, Tube, Unions

06 December 2011

Bringing bikes to H&F

When Boris Bikes were first introduced to London, I, like many people, was slightly suspicious. The bikes, I heard, were weighty and hard to control. I complained that there were better things for the Mayor to spend our money on. How wrong I was. They have made living in London an even greater pleasure.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Barclay's cycle hire, Boris bikes, Hammersmith & fulham, Kensington olympia, Shepherd's bush

18 November 2011

Westminster is better with Boris

The certainty that I was doing the right thing backing Boris in 2008 came as he toured my ward, the economically deprived and ethnically diverse Church Street in Westminster North.

As expected, he was mobbed by supporters - drinkers rushing from a local pub, hollering “Boris! Boris!”, trying to entice him in for a pint. Yet if there was any doubt about the nature of  Boris his priorities were quickly laid bare. Politely eschewing the pub-goers, Boris got into deep discussion with passers-by and then market-trader after market-trader, deep-seated concern for the community evident in every exchange.

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Categories: Campaign Updates, London, Olympics, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Boris bikes, Crossrail, Olympics, Oxford street, Wesminster

28 July 2011

'Boris Bikes' turn 1

Today was the first anniversary of the immensely popular Barclays Cycle scheme. As the rickshaw is synonymous with Dhaka and the gondola with Venice, now London has the 'Boris Bike'.

The Mayor was at the Shepherd's Bush Westfield shopping centre today to celebrate the expansion westward of the cycle hire scheme. I was lucky enough to see Boris there and hear him speak about his plans for the cycle hire scheme's future:

"The idea is a tank strategy." This left some of us confused, but he swiftly went on to explain that his aim is to expand the bike scheme into the outer reaches of London and the Shepherd's Bush extension is just the start.

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Categories: environment, London, transport | Tags: Barclays cycle hire, Boris bikes