The Chancellor announced a host of new transport projects, and funding for previously-stalled schemes during his Autumn Statement yesterday. A brief breakdown of the highlights below:
- Possible support for a new hub airport
- A new Dartford River crossing
- Extension of the Northern Line to Battersea
- A new tunnel crossing at Silvertown
- Improvements to the M25 to reduce congestion
- Extension of the Oyster card scheme to more of the South-East, including Guilford
- Transport fares rising on average 6% rather than the 7% initially envisioned
- Commitment to the super-sewer project
- Heathrow capital investment programme to continue
- CrossRail, Thameslink & HS2 to continue with financing
- Support, conditional on the Scottish Government, for the London-Scotland sleeper train
You can read the Chancellor's full Autumn Statement here.
Andrew Neather takes a look at the Tube upgrade programme in the Standard:
"A ComRes poll for the Standard yesterday found that while Boris Johnson is maintaining his eight-point lead on Ken Livingstone, he is five points behind on transport. Barely one voter in three thinks the Tube has improved under Johnson. Yet he is putting fares up by seven per cent in January. Livingstone has pledged to freeze them."
One upgrade that Londoners will see is the return this week of Tottenham Court Road's Northern Line platforms [London24].
The Transport Committee of the London Assembly have issued their report into the future of ticketing on the transport network.
Both the Committee and Which? question the figures used to support the proposal and the ubiquity of contactless cards. LLB carries a good summary here.
With the concept rarely out of the news these days, the Mayor has made a strong case for a hub airport in South-East England [The Guardian].
The FT reported last week that both Downing Street and the Treasury were slowly coming around to the Mayor's thinking. In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday there was a significant hint that this was indeed the case. The Transport Secretary (Putney MP Justine Greening, herself no fan of Heathrow expansion) will review the options early next year.
Meanwhile, opposition to the nebulous plans continue. Medway Council (supported by Kent County Council & the RSPB) are running a Stop the Estuary Airport campaign. Should you wish, you can sign up here.
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