17 September 2010: Funding for London’s bus network is under threat, and this week I spoke at a union rally outside city hall in defense of the capital’s buses.
I joined bus drivers, union representatives and members of the London Assembly, each of us committing to building alliances to protect London’s bus network and the workers and passengers who rely on it.
Proposed spending cuts would reverse the fantastic progress that London’s bus network has made over the past decade. More routes and better quality services have resulted in increased use, and fewer cars on the road – with London being one of the least car dependent cities in the country, as we recently showed in our Car Dependency Scorecard.
London is an example of what can be achieved with proper investment, but proposed spending cuts would change all that. Reduced services, higher fares and job losses would be devastating for Londoners, and for the competitiveness of the country as a whole.
Government needs to maintain its funding to London, and the Mayor needs to spend what he gets wisely. We need smart spending choices that work for the environment and social inclusion. Tube improvements and Crossrail are important, but above all, we need to protect the most-used form of transport in the capital, and that’s the buses.