Conservative Mayor’s vision for London “hasn’t noticed Kingston”


Kingston’s Executive Members for Transport, Planning and Economic Development have responded to Mayor Boris Johnson’s ‘draft London plan’, raising their concerns that his “vision for London” has ignored the needs of outer London boroughs such as Kingston.

The so-called ‘London Plan’ codifies the Mayor’s plan for the capital’s development in the period up until 2031. Executive Members of Kingston Council considered the document at last week’s public meeting, alongside the Mayor’s draft Transport Strategy and draft Economic Development Strategy.

Kingston’s Lead Member for Transport, Cllr Bob Steed said: “The focal point in the London Mayor’s vision is the economic development of the capital, which we of course welcome.

“However, while the GLA have admitted that the growth and regeneration of South London boroughs is dependent on improved public transport in the sub-region, any significant commitment from the Mayor to invest in infrastructure for Kingston is conspicuous by its absence. The Conservative Mayor of London’s fixation with Crossrail seems to have starved all other transport projects of funding.”

Cllr Simon James, Executive Member for Planning and Economic Development added: “My concern is that action promised by the Mayor previously, on issues which are of most importance to the area have been ignored.

“For instance, he has given lukewarm support to the local campaign for the re-zoning of our railway stations, but has subsequently taken no action on this issue which would significantly reduce travel costs for local residents and promote economic growth in the borough.

“In the Mayor’s vision for London, he has failed to notice Kingston.”

Issues of concern for Kingston:

  • London’s public bus network is of considerable importance to Kingston, especially as consecutive regional and national governance have failed to invest in local in train, tram or tube services for the area. In the Mayor’s Transport Strategy Statement of Intent (MTSSI) he plans to continue increasing bus fares while reducing services
  • The Conservative Mayor of London has set steep housing targets for the future of the borough, but has failed to acknowledge our subsequent need for infrastructure, such as improved public transport links or school building

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