Today’s meeting of the London Assembly’s Budget & Performance Committee will have felt eerily familiar to fans of The Apprentice, and not just because the most recent series culminated with an episode shot in the City Hall chamber
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.
The London Overground and TfL Rail services will run reduced schedules over the coming days after Network Rail put restrictions in place to allow more de-icing trains to operate.
Transport for London is currently assessing the economic impact of lifting the exemption which has been in place since the congestion charge came into operation in 2003.