Labour MP for Erith & Thamesmead

Teresa Pearce MP

Archive for April 30th, 2009

what a difference a year makes 4

Posted on April 30, 2009 by Teresa Pearce




  Can it only be a year since Boris became Mayor of London?

  ….. It seems like a lifetime ago.

 In that year we have seen:

  • The “letting go” of Sir Ian Blair as police chief
  • A rise in public transport fares averaging  6% overall – higher than the rate of inflation
  • Three year freeze on bus expansion program
  • Environment budget reduced by £139k
  • The Greenwich Waterfront Transit Scheme cancelled.
  • Mayor’s decision not to proceed with the Thames Gateway Bridge.
  • Failure to provide leadership over police mishandling of G20 protests
  • 2/3rd cut in funding for London Cycle Network
  • Dropping of £25 emissions charge for gas guzzlers and Western Extension of congestion charge.
  • Abandonment of 100 public spaces program.
  • Planning for new transport schemes abandoned: Cross River Tram; DLR extension Dagenham Dock; Croydon Tramlink, Oxford Street tram; large number of step free access tube schemes

My biggest complaint about Boris is that he has cancelled any real investment in the infrastructure of our patch for the next 15 years.Without freedom of movement that comes with accessible transport you don’t have the opportunity to access anything else.

I am interested to know what you think is his worst decision. We have another 3 years of this and if in 12 months this is what 1 Tory in London can do, imagine what it would be like with a government full of them!

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