Sadiq Khan warns of huge cuts to Tube and bus services and Cycle lane programme

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has warned that Londoners can expect huge cuts to public transport services – both tube and bus services and the continued programme of cycle lane infrastructure.

He said 100 bus routes are likely to go and 200 more are likely to have the frequency of the services reduced. Older Tube trains and diesel buses which were scheduled for replacement will be kept in service and plans for new pedestrian and cycle safety schemes will be scrapped.

The Mayor gave this warning as he laid out the full extent of Transport for London’s money problems, a £1.3billion gap in its capital investment and repairs budget beyond April 2023, which constitutes an unprecedented financial crisis.

According to a report to City Hall’s finance committee, difficulties caused by the pandemic are worse than Transport for London had been expecting.

TfL have found thier income from fares is £141m lower than they had hoped as people have not returned to commuting to work as they did before the pandemic.

TfL also revealed that it expects to generate far less money than anticipated from the expansion of the ultra-low emission zone because more drivers than expected have switched to cleaner cars to evade the £12.50 levy.

Bid for more money from central government

Sadiq Khan said:

“We are now less than a month away from TfL’s emergency funding deal expiring on 11 December.

“Unless the government provides the long-term funding needed to maintain our public transport network, there will be no choice but to make significant cuts to services just as demand is growing again.”

A government spokesperson said:

“We have repeatedly shown our commitment to supporting London’s transport network through the pandemic.”

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