05 April 2012

Supporting older Londoners

By Boris Johnson"Supporting older Londoners" manifesto

Today I launched my plans for supporting older Londoners.

I’m proud that London is a fantastically diverse city, boasting not just a great cultural and ethnic mix but also a great mix of ages.

London is neither a ‘young’ city nor a retirement town. It defies such descriptions, with a significant older population living alongside a younger one, contributing a huge amount from the capital’s culture and economy.

There are over 1.2 million people in London who are aged 60 and over, and this proportion is expected to grow fast over the next 20 years. The number of people over 65 is projected to increase by 34% (nearly 300,000) to reach 1.17 million by 2031.

The biggest concern for older Londoners is to ensuring their home and neighbourhood is safe and their environment a pleasant place to live. That is why I have worked hard to cut waste and make sure public funding is spent on Londoners priorities, including putting a 1,000 extra police officers on London’s streets since 2008 leading to a 10% cut in overall crime and 30% on the bus network; scrapping my predecessor’s propaganda newspaper ‘The Londoner’ and investing the savings on planting 10,000 street trees; and protecting and extending the Freedom Pass to 24 hours.

But there is more to do. I feel like a man who has built half a bridge. I can see the other side and what needs to be done.

I will:

  • Reverse the decision by the previous Labour government to raise the age for which people were eligible for the Freedom Pass and ensure every Londoner aged 60 has one, from 1st September 2012.
  • Lobby the suburban rail companies to allow its use before 9.30am.
  • Protect the roll out of step free stations as part of the Tube upgrade from Ken Livingstone’s plans to take £1.14 billion out of the transport budget.
  • Give older Londoners a greater voice in neighbourhood policing through new Safer Neighbourhood Boards with substantial increases to Safer Neighbourhood Teams in every ward in Greater London.

But above all, I will continue to keep the Mayor’s share of council tax low, which has put an average of £445 back in Londoner’s pockets since I was elected.

This shows we have made progress despite difficult times. At the Mayoral election on 3rd May this progress is at risk. The choice at this election is between taking London backwards and fresh-thinking and optimism for London’s future.

Categories: Campaign Updates, London, quality of life | Tags: Council tax, Freedom pass, Neighbourhood policing, Snt, Suburban rail

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.

Read More »

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

23 March 2012

Which? hails Boris’s rail investment

A rail passenger survey by Which? Magazine shows that London Overground has been voted the most improved commuter company, a ringing endorsement of Boris Johnson’s management of and investment in the line. Southeastern railway, which the Mayor proposes to takeover with his plans for suburban rail, came bottom of the table – showing how needed his improvements are.

The results come on the day Boris visited Clapham Junction, which would benefit from his plans for extending London's first orbital rail network. This independent survey is also a boost for point 8 of Boris’s 9 point plan for Greater London: reducing tube delays by 30% by 2015, building Crossrail and an orbital rail to link our suburbs, and extending the bike hire scheme.

The survey results come just days after the Budget which revealed how Boris Johnson is on track to secure vital improvements to suburban rail services, including longer trains and upgraded stations, following successful negotiations with Government. This clearly demonstrates that Boris Johnson is the only candidate in this election who can deliver a better deal for London from No 10 – point 9 of his 9 point plan.

Boris Johnson said: “This survey is conclusive proof that Londoners are benefitting from our plans for extending the overground, and creating London’s first orbital rail network.

“This is another boost after the Chancellor recognised the competent and cost effective government at City Hall and that Ken Livingstone's era of waste and mismanagement is over.”

Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: Clapham junction, Orbital rail, Overground, Rail, Southeastern, Suburban rail, Which?

22 March 2012

A Budget for London's commuters

Boris Johnson was at Wimbledon station today discussing vital improvements to suburban rail services, including longer trains and upgraded stations.

The Mayor is on track to secure these improvements – foreshadowed in yesterday’s Budget – following successful negotiations with Government.

The Budget backed Boris’s long-term plan to improve suburban rail services for the millions of the capital’s commuters who rely on them, by helping to deliver longer trains on key commuter routes and increased capacity at suburban rail stations.

Point 9 of Boris’s 9 point plan for Greater London is pledging to secure a better deal from Number 10 and this Budget demonstrates he’s the best candidate to lobby –and deliver – for Londoners.

Boris Johnson said: “Millions of Londoners rely on suburban rail services every day and they will attest that the service does not always meet expectation.

“By working constructively with Government we secured £22billion to upgrade the Tube and build Crossrail, despite the tough economic conditions, and that vital investment is already having an impact on cutting delays, speeding up Londoners’ daily journeys and growing London’s economy.

“Yesterday’s announcement means we are now on track to secure the investment which will transform suburban rail service, including longer trains and upgraded stations, and I look forward to working constructively with Government to deliver those improvements.”

The new commitments build on Boris Johnson’s success in securing £22 billion to invest in London's transport, including funding for Crossrail and the Tube upgrades.

Categories: Campaign Updates, London, transport | Tags: 9 point plan, Budget, Commuting, Point 9, Rail, Suburban rail

21 March 2012

This Budget backs London

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to the House of Commons.

This is a Budget for jobs, growth and investment. It will make London more competitive and more attractive to business.

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget to the House of Commons.

This is a Budget for jobs, growth and investment. It will make London more competitive and more attractive to business.

Read More »

Categories: Campaign Updates, economy, jobs and skills, London, quality of life, transport, youth | Tags: 9 point plan, Budget, Infrastructure, Investment, Jobs, Rail, Skills, Suburban rail