London’s contactless fares system is taking a trip Down Under after transport payments firm Cubic was selected by the Queensland Department of Transport to provide a new ticketing system for the state.
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.
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.