2008 Manifesto: Getting Londoners Moving

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Putting Commuters First

Fighting for rail commuters

"I will fight for rail commuters, and call an emergency summit with Train Operating Companies to demand longer trains, manned stations at night, more frequent services and lower fares."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has now held three annual Train Operating Summits with train companies (link). This resulted in agreements on key areas including improving customer information, improving and station standards, increasing the frequency of services, simplifying the fares structure for London Underground and National Rail as well as planning for future growth (link). In addition, Boris completed a deal with the Government on Oyster Pay As You Go, making the commute easier for Londoners (link). Platform wait time fell by 40 per cent between 2007/08 and 2011/12. Customer satisfaction with customer information and cleanliness increased overall, growing from 79 to 82 and from 72 to 76 between 2007/08 and 2010/11 (link).

Addressing air conditioning on the Tube

"I will order TfL to look again at air conditioning on the Tube and I want to see the Tube open one hour later on Friday and Saturday night."
Status Update: Promise not met - A revised approach

Mayor Boris Johnson has faced extremely difficult economic conditions whilst in office. Unfortunately, it was not possible to keep the Tube open later due to exorbitant demands made by trade union bosses and strained economic circumstances. In this instance, he was not able to deliver on his promise (link).

Making the Congestion Charge fairer

"I will not introduce Ken Livingstone’s £25 Congestion Charge and I will make the Congestion Charge fairer and more effective by reforming it when the current contracts expire."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has not introduced the £25 Congestion Charge (link). Londoners now have a flexible Congestion Charge pricing and paying has been made easier through the introduction of an online account system (link). The Western Extension of the Congestion Charge zone was removed following a consultation in December 2010 (link). Following the removal of the WEZ, a lower than expected increase in traffic driving into and within the former zone and no discernable impact on air quality has been reported (link).

Re-phasing traffic lights

"I will re-phase traffic lights to get traffic flowing more smoothly."
Status Update: Delivered

Since Mayor Boris Johnson took office in May 2008, his administration has taken concrete steps to improve congestion in London. 2,000 traffic light signals have been reviewed since 2009 and a further 1,000 signals are being reviewed in 2011/12 (link). Changes made to over 1,000 traffic light signals in 2010 delivered a six per cent reduction in unnecessary delays at traffic signals (link). A list of 145 signals which could be removed was also published in June 2010 and a further 26 were added to the list in November 2011. Out of the 204 suggested removals, 22 have already been removed with removal agreed for another 15 and 80 are under discussion with boroughs. It has been agreed between TfL and the boroughs that the remaining 87 signals will be maintained (link).

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