Deployed at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival and the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, the force’s adoption of the technology has prompted questions from some London Assembly members concerned whether proper oversight arrangements are in place to govern its use.
If as a result of government cuts and Sadiq’s fares freeze it now has to catch-up with the rest of the public sector and review how many layers of management it needs, and ask whether some functions really need to be carried out by separate teams with similar remits, then this is a very welcome development.
Over the period, an initial £122,000 contract to advise and support senior members of staff, including former Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy and successor Mike Brown, has been regularly extended, netting the supplier a total of almost £2m.
Published today by Mayor Sadiq Khan, the draft document has been described by City Hall as “ambitious”. Among the proposals in it are a target that at least 80 per cent of journeys are made by walking, cycling and public transport and improved accessibility for disabled passengers.