Public Transport: London

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons on 13th June 2019.

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Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

What recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the provision of public transport in the capital.

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Transport in London is devolved to the Mayor. Ministers and officials in the Department for Transport hold regular discussions with representatives of the Greater London Authority, including the Mayor and deputy Mayor, on a range of transport matters.

Photo of Theresa Villiers Theresa Villiers Conservative, Chipping Barnet

Will the Minister speak to the Mayor of London to urge him to reverse the reductions in service to the end of the Northern line, which sees more trains turning back at Finchley Central, thereby requiring people to change trains?

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

I am sorry to say that the Mayor of London is letting Londoners down in transport. He has cancelled investment projects that are his responsibility, cut bus and underground services and axed an extension to the Metropolitan line, despite the Government loaning £2.6 million to the Mayor through our Department. I am appalled that, despite that loan, Sadiq Khan is letting Londoners down.

Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

In those discussions with the Mayor of London, will the Minister seek his advice on why it costs more to take a bus four stops up the West road in Newcastle than it does to travel across the entire Greater London area? Will he advise the Minister for buses to apply that to the rest of the country, rather than cutting three quarters of a billion pounds from annual bus services?

Photo of Michael Ellis Michael Ellis Minister of State (Department for Transport)

One reason why the Mayor of London has a black hole in his budget is that he has not been running transport services properly. I am sure that the hon. Lady’s area will be doing a better job and will hope to do a better job.