New Years Message from the Mayor


Ken Livingstone has issued a New Year message to all Londoners, detailing what 2008 has in store. Highlights include:

Londons public services are being rebuilt from the squalor of the 1990s. Two million extra passengers a day are caried on the bus system. Tube ridership is at record levels and tube modernisation has begun at last. The £16 billion funding to build Crossrail has been secured. Cycling has almost doubled. Free travel on the buses for under 18s has been introduced as well as half price bus travel for those on income support. The policy has been introduced that 50 per cent of all new housing must be affordable housing.


On climate change London has put forward, in the London Climate Change Action Plan, the most advanced programme for any city in the world. The congestion charge is not only a transport but an environmental policy that has had a worldwide impact with other cities such as New York now following. In 2008 London becomes a Low Emission zone. Consultation is taking place on London imposing a £25 a day charge for using the most gas guzzling cars and exempting low polluting cars from the congestion charge. London is the only major city in the world to see a shift into public transport from the car. All this is recognised internationally in London being asked to chair the C40 group of global cities fighting climate change.

Though slightly Soviet in nature, you can read the entire piece here.