London Underground

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Reference:

Question 2016/3102

Main question

Andrew Boff

You have bathed in the reflected glory of Boris Johnson's idea to have a night tube, what measures have you proposed to improve the tube service which weren't the ideas of your predecessor"?


Answer

The Mayor

Under my predecessor the implementation date for Night Tube was delayed and delayed again. I am delighted to have been able to deliver this important service for London before the end of my first summer in office. In addition:

       I have frozen all TfL-controlled fares, including Tube fares, for the duration of my term

       I aim to reduce the impact of strikes on the Tube and other TfL services, by improving industrial relations and bringing to an end my predecessor's policy of refusing to meet with trades union representatives, and have already met with union representatives personally

       I have initiated a comprehensive review of the way TfL delivers its engineering functions, to ensure these deliver value for money

       I will drive a more ambitious approach to the provision of step-free access at London Underground and other TfL-run stations, to ensure public transport is accessible to all Londoners

       I have introduced a trial of a 'please offer me a seat' badge and card, to assist customers who need a seat on the Tube in getting one

       I have commissioned London TravelWatch to review the Tube's recent ticket office closures, and make recommendations to ensure they are working for customers