Assembly raises concerns over new contactless fares system

Debit and credit card users can now touch in on Oyster card readers

The London Assembly has called for assurances that Oyster card users will not be disadvantaged when contactless payments are introduced across London’s transport network. Earlier this year Transport for London said it was working with major card issuers to enable passengers to pay for journeys with wireless credit and debit cards. The system is planned [Read More]

AMs to investigate impact of Olympic land debt

LOCOG have re-opened the website for unwanted tickets

London taxpayers could be forced to pay off an additional £230m in Olympic debts. The debt relates to land transferred from the London Development Agency to the Olympic Park Legacy Company. The London Assembly is concerned that City Hall will be expected to repay the debt despite assurances that the Government would cover the entire [Read More]

Boris brands statistics watchdog ‘a Labour stooge’

Boris Johnson appeared before AMs this morning

Boris Johnson has attacked the impartiality of the UK Statistics Authority, calling its chairman Sir Michael Scholar a “Labour stooge”. The Mayor made the remark at Mayor’s Question Time as he faced questions over his “misuse” of statistics relating to the success of the City Hall backed Heron unit at Feltham Young Offenders Institute. The [Read More]

Tube drivers could strike over Boxing Day pay

Mr Johnson says he will use a new mandate to introduce driverless trains. Image: MayorWwatch

Tube drivers are to vote on possible strike action in a dispute over Boxing Day pay rates. The ASLEF union will ballot 2,200 members after it was unable to reach agreement with London Underground over “adequate compensation” for working on the Bank Holiday. Results of the ballot will be known on December 14th. An ASLEF [Read More]

MPs criticise Mayor and Ministers over air quality

AMs have called on the Mayor to 'aim even higher' in cleaning up London's air quality

MPs have accused Boris Johnson of failing “to make the required policy trade-offs” and implement measures needed to “achieve acceptable levels of air quality”. The rebuke comes in a new report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee into air pollutions levels. Since taking office in 2008, the Mayor has faced repeated criticisms from [Read More]

Permit scheme leads to fall in level of roadworks

AMs say water companies are already exceeding targets for reducing leaks.

The amount of roadworks carried out by utility companies has fallen since 17% since the introduction of London’s permit scheme according to City Hall figures. Last year Transport for London and 18 London boroughs implemented a new permitting scheme on roads managed by them. The scheme requires utilities to co-ordinate work in order to reduce [Read More]