Joanne McCartney: Can you provide an update on the government’s plans to scrap free travel for Under 18s in London?
Joanne McCartney: Will you explore the possibility of installing speed cameras on the A406 between Bounds Green Road and Green Lanes?
Joanne McCartney: Are there any plans to add local and national cycle routes to the TfL Cycling Map?
Joanne McCartney: Local and regional authorities across the country are in financial difficulty due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your budget guidance estimates that without government assistance the GLA group will have to find savings of up to £500million. What will this mean for Londoners?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. As you have rightly said, this is not a party-political issue, councils and authorities of all political persuasions are similarly affected. You have touched on this already, but were you happy with the Chancellor’s statement last week and do you think it delivered what London needed?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you. Of course the Chancellor did announce some financial programmes. He announced, for example, the Kickstart scheme to help young people into employment, but it strikes me that both schemes are best delivered at regional and local level, perhaps with the GLA co-ordinating those schemes. Do you think this crisis highlights the need for further devolution to London? You, as Mayor, with...
Joanne McCartney: Thank you.
Joanne McCartney: Will you ensure there is sufficient signage for the 30mph stretch of the A406 between Bounds Green Road and Green Lanes? Residents have raised concerns that there are insufficient traffic calming measures in place.
Joanne McCartney: How many organisations and individuals has your Culture at Risk Office helped since the start of the COVID-19 crisis?
Joanne McCartney: Are you aware of any theatres that have closed in London as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Joanne McCartney: If more Londoners cycle this will reduce numbers on public transport and in motor vehicles, thereby supporting London’s recovery from COVID-19. What further plans and support are needed to ensure that more Londoners cycle and that cycling is as safe as possible in London?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, Mr Mayor. Currently, because of the COVID-19 crisis, TfL is not undertaking any cycle training, but Cycling UK has recently said that new guidelines mean it would be possible to provide cycle training in groups of up to six outdoors and still maintain social distancing. Is that TfL’s understanding? If so, will it be starting cycle training shortly?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you. You have also been on record as stating there could be a possible tenfold increase in cycling as lockdown restrictions are eased. Obviously cycle training is going to be vitally important because we will have many new cyclists on the road and they need to be safe. What plans do you have to extend cycle training and ‘bikeability’ training more widely to cater for those new cyclists?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you for that, because I have noticed that cycle training had been allocated for areas outside London, but not for London itself. The deal that you have had to sign with Government to get TfL through this interim period mentions £55 million for active travel. Do you yet know how much of that you can devote to cycle training?
Joanne McCartney: Thank you, that is really helpful to know and I will pass that on to the many cycle trainers who have been lobbying me - and I am assuming other Assembly Members - on this issue. Thank you.
Joanne McCartney: Government conditions for the TfL funding deal temporarily restrict the hours during which Londoners can use their Freedom Pass. This includes many key workers who are essential for the COVID-19 response, such as healthcare workers, and who have no choice but to continue to use public transport to get to work during these restricted times. Can TfL find a way to reimburse these additional...
Joanne McCartney: I welcome your call for an independent inquiry into the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities. What evidence are you gathering and how will this impact City Hall’s future work?
Joanne McCartney: What is Transport for London’s estimation of the cost to London Boroughs if they have to pick up the bill for the government’s decision to withdraw the Under 18s travel concession?
Joanne McCartney: How many schools have and will benefit from your school streets initiative? Have all London Boroughs applied for City Hall funding for their schools?
Joanne McCartney: Should the government ask for an extension to the Transition Period? You have already commissioned research examining the effects of a no- deal scenario, but how will the COVID-19 affect these projections for London?