TfL funding a cut, say Londons boroughs

22 Nov 07
Local authorities have accused Transport for London of making a real-terms cut in funding for the capital's roads, footpaths and bus services.

23 November 2007

Local authorities have accused Transport for London of making a real-terms cut in funding for the capital's roads, footpaths and bus services.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone announced TfL's £161m funding allocation for councils over the next year as part of a five-year, £792m programme for local schemes.

But councillor Daniel Moylan, chair of the London Councils transport and environment committee, said: 'For the second year running London boroughs have received a real-terms cut in the amount of money Transport for London are providing.'

TfL had ignored London local authorities' calls for increases 'that at least match inflation', he added. 'This means Londoners will not benefit from additional improvements to their roads and footpaths as any extra money will be swallowed by the cost of works already planned.'

A TfL spokeswoman said the 'record £161m investment' was 60% higher than in 2001. 'This funding… is £4.5m more than originally scheduled,' she said.

'It was always TfL's plan to provide the bulk of the funding in the early years of the investment programme.'

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