While the analysis says London’s economic output could be as much as 2% lower than predicted under the status quo, it predicts the rest of the country being between 3 per cent and 3.3 per cent lower.
With knife violence again dominating the London news headlines, some political opponents have sought to make hay at Mayor Sadiq Khan’s expense.
With bus usage falling, Transport for London is being urged to look at innovative ways to woo passengers back onto the network. One of the most commonly suggested solutions is that WiFi be introduced to the bus fleet, just as it was to Tube stations and platforms.
Council tax bills are set to rise after the Government said local mayors and police and crime commissioners would need to raise extra money for their forces locally. The policy has been criticised by the Mayor who has accused ministers of “smoke and mirrors” in announcing an increase in budgets without providing the funding.
London Travelwatch says that many bus passengers will be inconvenienced as routes will need to terminate sooner, forcing passengers to either walk hundreds of metres to catch an additional bus, or have to complete their journey by the more expensive Tube.