De­lay shows TfL ‘not fit’

Harefield Gazette - - YOUR SAY -

SADIQ Khan’s fi­nan­cial plans were hugely re­liant on Cross­rail open­ing on time, on bud­get and meet­ing in­cred­i­bly op­ti­mistic pas­sen­ger tar­gets. This de­lay will turn the £1 bil­lion fi­nan­cial black hole that was al­ready in TfL’s bud­get into a chasm.

TfL’s own busi­ness plan says that £143 mil­lion of fare rev­enue was ex­pected from the cen­tral sec­tion in 2018/19 alone. Hun­dreds of mil­lions fur­ther will be lost in the com­ing year.

When Sadiq Khan in­her­ited Cross­rail it was on time and on bud­get. He now needs to take re­spon­si­bil­ity and ex­plain to Lon­don­ers how he will clear up this mess.

But he was warned in Fe­bru­ary that bud­get and time over­runs were very pos­si­ble, yet he seem­ingly has no con­tin­gency plan in place. It is Lon­don­ers who will have to pay the price for his in­com­pe­tence.

Small busi­nesses have taken out leases around the Cross­rail sta­tions in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a De­cem­ber open­ing. This de­lay could be dis­as­trous for them.

If Khan was a CEO he would be sacked by now. Lon­don de­serves bet­ter.

The de­lay to Cross­rail’s open­ing has made the case for break­ing up TfL.

Trans­port for Lon­don’s man­age­ment have clearly known that they would de­lay the open­ing of Cross­rail for some time and yet, as late as June this year, re­as­sured the Lon­don As­sem­bly that they would meet the orig­i­nal De­cem­ber date for open­ing.

It’s proven to me that TfL is too big and se­cre­tive, it’s not fit for pur­pose. We need more control over­sight of in­fra­struc­ture projects. If I be­come Mayor in 2020 the in­vest­ment part of the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be split off to re­ceive sep­a­rate scru­tiny. An­drew Boff Con­ser­va­tive hope­ful for the 2020 Lon­don May­oral elec­tion

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.