In August we held a member workshop on ‘The future of TfL’ where we discussed the key questions asked by the London Assembly as well as the business impact of future TfL cost savings, fare structures and commercial revenue.
The feedback received during this session was used to inform our response on behalf of members.
Key points covered in the response include:
- Discounted travel for low-paid workers: we propose that the Mayor introduces a discount travelcard for central London workers earning £25k or below per annum (pro-rata).
- Congestion: more needs to be done to tackle congestion, which is having a knock-on effect and discouraging people from travelling by bus.
- Waste and freight consolidation: We believe the Mayor should be the leading statutory body on waste and freight consolidation.
- Retention of business rates: Heart of London strongly believes that to ensure the West End remains world-class, London boroughs and GLA must retain more business rates, rather than appeal for an increase in central government subsidy.
- Crossrail 2: we continue to be concerned about unfunded commitments made by the Mayor in his Transport Strategy, particularly CR2. We are fully supportive of CR2, although ask that careful consideration is given to the timing of any new levy on businesses to fund it.