Due to be published this Summer, the document will outline how Transport for London will deliver on two targets set down by Mayor Sadiq Khan – that 80 per cent of all trips are made on foot, by cycle or by public transport by 2041 and that no-one is killed or seriously injured on London’s roads by the same year.
TfL is placing an initial order for 94 trains but says the contract will be awarded on the expectation of a single manufacturer building the trains for all four Deep Tube lines, allow it to “maximise cost savings” through common staff training, equipment, spares and maintenance.
The successful bidder will need to provide mobile coverage on below ground tunnels, stations and platforms of the London Underground and tunnel sections and certain stations and platforms of the Elizabeth Line, construct a commercial fibre optic network and provide a public Wi-Fi service in specified TfL stations.
The claim was made after Westminster council blocked City Hall’s plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street, claiming there was insufficient public support for the proposals. Green Party Assembly Member Caroline Russell blamed the council’s decision on “the Mayor’s lack of leadership”.
Sadiq Khan has accused Westminster Council of “betrayal” after it pulled the plug on his plans to pedestrianise Oxford Street. Promised in his election manifesto, the scheme would have seen the popular shopping destination closed to motor traffic between Orchard Street and Oxford Circus.