London MP says TfL should be taken out of Sadiq Khan’s hands amid tube strikes.


Leading London MPs said on Thursday that the government should consider taking over Transport for London from Sadiq Khan due to tube strikes and cuts in proposed buses.

Nicki Aiken, a Tory MP from London and Westminster, said the government should consider taking steps to prevent further harm to Londoners.

The fourth network side of the tube has been closed since March due to the loss of 600 station staff posts and the RMT walkout endangering the pensions of TfL staff.

On Thursday, Mr Khan blamed the government for the lack of funding, which led to proposals to close 22 bus routes and reduce the frequency to about 60 more.

Former Westminster Council leader Miss Aiken told The Standard: “Sadiq has proved that he is not capable of running TfL. I think it is time for the Department of Transportation to consider removing it. You have to give something.

“Sadiq handles TFL’s finances every few months without any proper strategy other than service cuts. I run a bn 3bn organization. I know how to deal with government cuts. But you get skills and new ways of working.

“I am overwhelmed by the concerns of the constituencies, especially the people over the age of 60, about the plans for the buses that Sadiq needed to cut his bus or change it so dramatically. They will have to take two or three buses to reach their destination. “

Mr Khan, who was being questioned about bus plans during the mayor’s question time today, said the proposed 4% reduction in services was just “iceberg head” and would result in an overall 18% cut. There may be losses – out of 100 routes – until the government agrees to a new bailout.

But he warned that with the current deal expiring on Friday, TfL did not have enough time to properly consider the new deal. “It is certain that after more than 24 hours we have no offer,” he said.

More than 9,000 Londoners have responded to plans by Transport for London earlier this month to reduce Central London’s bus network. Loss of 16-day or 24-hour routes and six night bus services is suggested.

The proposals – which follow government orders to reduce TfL’s operating costs – have raised concerns about the loss of key routes such as 11, 14, 24 and 74 by Tory MPs in central London.

It came as a coalition of London’s business associations called on Chancellor Rishi Sink and Transport Secretary Grant Shepps to provide a new bailout for TfL amid concerns about “a sharp fall in government support for TfL”. ۔

TfL’s current deal expires on Friday and it is seeking an additional £ 900 million to continue tube and bus services this fiscal year, in addition to repairing dilapidated roads and bridges and modernizing the underground. To make a long-term investment deal.

Mr Khan, who was attending the mayor’s question time at City Hall on Thursday morning, was facing questions from Labor and Lib-Dems about the impact of the cuts on buses.

Members of the London Assembly fear that the loss of so many routes will disproportionately affect London’s poor, and say this comes at a time when demand for bus travel continues to rise. Yes – last week it reached 82% of pre-epidemic levels and 86% over the weekend.

Eli Baker, a Labor MP who was questioning Mr Khan, told The Standard: “If we cut them off, we’re going to get into this spiral of reduction. I’m blaming the government. ۔

“I don’t think we need to cut as a whole. [the bus network] Behind. I’m not sure we need fewer buses. We need more buses, especially when looking at Outer London.

TfL officials have privately warned lawmakers that the proposed cuts would reduce bus kilometers by only 1.6 percent – suggesting more will be needed to meet the 4 percent target.

But TfL sources say the 4% target is simply about the cost of running the network, and that suggestions – other cuts – should already be enough.

Tory MPs, including Greg Hands, Miss Aiken and Felicity Buchanan, oppose the plan.

Union United told Mr Hands that it supported his campaign to save 11, 14 and 74. He said that if 11 were fired, the 48 drivers at the Stockwell Bus Garage would have to be relocated “or lose their jobs”.

Mr Hands, Tory MP for Chelsea and Fulham and Minister for Climate Change, told The Standard: “Sadiq Khan is proposing important bus routes to my constituency and to millions of people in London.

“He has been given four official bailouts of 5 5 billion and yet he wants to end 11 such routes that have been running for a century or more. As Minister for Climate Change, we want Khan to Transport needs to be promoted – not saved.

The bus routes at risk of ax are: 4, 11, N11, 12, 14, 16, N16, 24, 31, N31, 45, 72, N72, 74, N74, 78, 242, N242, 349, 521, C3 and D7.

The London Property Alliance’s letter from groups such as the London Chamber of Commerce and London First stated: For example, economic activity, the latest economic data, the risk of a recession is strong.

“Our members have seen a sharp decline in government support for TfL with growing concern. We are concerned that this approach contradicts proper transportation and economic policy.”

Transport Deputy Mayor Saab Dance said there had been no progress in achieving the government’s new bailout. “They are pressing our necks at all costs,” he told TfL’s finance committee yesterday.

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The mayor is angry with Londoners that TfL is considering changes to its bus network because of conditions imposed by the government on their emergency funding deals. These conditions highlighted the need for significant savings and included proposals for TfL to reduce service levels on the London bus network by up to 4%.

“The route changes suggested by TfL are aimed at reducing the number of passengers as much as possible, while also saving the money required by the government.

“If the government fails to provide a good funding deal at the end of the current period, forcing London to enter a scenario of systematic decline, bus services will need to be reduced by 18 per cent,” he said. The equivalent of more than 100 routes will have a devastating effect on London’s transport network and we are doing our best to avoid this scenario.