Sadiq Khan hit out at the Government for allegedly failing to properly support Transport for London (TfL) as he warned locals could lose their transport system because of a lack of funding. But LBC listeners hit out at the Mayor of London for his comments, as they questioned his blaming Westminster and urged him to use money collected through the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) charge. Mr Khan told broadcaster Shelagh Fogarty: “Unfortunately, the budget is…there’s no real substantial talks happening.
But his comments were met with the fury of LBC listeners who took to social media to blast the Mayor of London.
User @marccit1962 said: “So where does all the taxation from ULEZ and Congestion Charge go?
“Clearly not to improve roads, so use that to fund TFL.”
Twitter user @BritishAlba said: “The London mayor constantly blames the UK Govt for not funding TFL.
“Spend, Spend, and then someone else’s problem to fill the funding gaps create by bad financial management and under-costed promises.”
A TfL report released in November said the organisation’s “Managed Decline” plan set up to respond to the coronavirus crisis affecting passenger revenue will not be enough.
The Government has been urged for more long-term funding as additional services cuts might need to go ahead to bridge the gap.
The report states: “Dropping to Managed Decline levels of capital investment alone does not resolve the funding gap.
“We will also have to reduce service levels across our network, reduce borough funding, implement asset financing options, and negotiate the rephasing of repayments of the Crossrail £750m loan from the Department for Transport.”