London needs and deserves a world class transport systemMarch 10, 2008
Responding to this morning’s transport announcements from the Mayor of London, a London First spokesman said:
“London needs and deserves a world class transport system that works to get Londoners to work. London’s business community will back the Mayoral candidate with policies to tackle rising congestion not just talk about it, secure guaranteed long-term Tube funding from central Government and ensure that Crossrail comes in on time and on budget.
“The Mayor’s green pledges will not be worth the recycled paper they’re written on if they ignore the number one cause of transport CO2 emissions – congestion. With no mention of how to tackle rising congestion across 97% of Greater London outside the charging zone, the Mayor’s silence on congestion speaks volumes. The candidate with the right idea on congestion will be the one who pledges take a bold approach to beating it.
“Will the Mayor ensure that sustained investment results in more capacity and better reliability? The Mayor must enter into contracts which guarantee sustained funding for the Tube for the long term, not just the next electoral term.
“The next Mayor must put in place management that will deliver Crossrail on time and on budget so that Londoners benefit from this critical project without paying over the odds.
“It is hard to see how the Mayor can reconcile his pragmatic approach to business with a dogmatic call to oppose Heathrow expansion. The Mayor cannot claim to champion London as a world city – welcoming visitors, investors and the finest global talent – while limiting international travel. London’s success as a leading financial centre risks being jeopardised by inadequate and poor quality airport provision.”
Notes to editors:
London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure
London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.”