Khan’s TFL Spent £45,000 on Elizabeth Line Souvenirs

Sadiq has once again been demanding yet more cash for Transport for London (TFL), claiming the government (see: the taxpayer) should open the coffers to solve the “funding crisis” or face imminent tube and bus route cuts. Well, here’s how Sadiq spends the money he’s already got…

New Freedom of Information requests from the TaxPayers’ Alliance found that Transport for London spent a total of £44,445.11 on commemorative merch ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line, most of which was handed out for free to volunteers. Here’s the full breakdown: 

  • 40,000 commemorative edition pin badges: £19,855
  • 7,000 cotton tote bags: £6,370
  • 50,000 mints: £5,100
  • 4,000 keyring torches: £4,080
  • 7,000 purple commemorative lanyards: £3,640
  • 7,000 travel card holders: £2,030
  • 3,500 yellow volunteer lanyards: £1,540
  • 7,000 pencils: £1,330
  • 140 surgical face masks: £470.40
  • 8 purple foam hands: £29.71

Tfl insist these goodies were designed to “recognise staff, their friends and family who gave up (in some cases) four hours of their weekend” to go on mandatory test rides of the Elizabeth Line prior to its opening. They also claim the items “made a very real and important contribution to the pride and exceptional customer service that have been hallmarks of the launch”Customer service so exceptional that virtually the entire tube network ground to a halt last week… including the Elizabeth Line.

Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“If Transport for London is going to spend money like it’s minted they shouldn’t be begging taxpayers for more and more cash to cover up their wasteful spending.”

£5,100 on mints. Staff may claim to be overworked and underpaid, at least their breath could wake up a corpse.

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Shapps Refers Sadiq to Electoral Commission for Revealing Elizabeth Line Opening Date

Away from the Beergate saga, Grant Shapps and Sadiq Khan have ended up in exactly the kind of “mudslinging” match Sir Keir has promised to avoid this past week. After Transport for London announced today that the Elizabeth Line would finally open on 24th May, Grant Shapps launched a scathing attack on the Mayor of London for allegedly breaching pre-election purdah rules, which limit communications and policy announcements leading up to voting day. Accusing Sadiq of “breathtaking… cynicism”, Shapps railed against Khan for his political loco-motive, and referred him to the Electoral Commission for investigation… 

Sadiq immediately pushed back, however, by insisting he “wasn’t going to get into mudslinging” with Shapps… only to do exactly that by calling him a “sourpuss“, and claiming he “needs to grow up”. It’s the last day of the campaign. Maybe they both just needed to let off some steam…

 

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Tube Facemask Rules Ending Tomorrow

TfL has announced the mask mandate on all its services will finally end from tomorrow, albeit with the inevitable caveat that they will still be “strongly recommend”. This follows Sadiq’s comments that he ‘expected’ the rule to be lifted following the government’s ending of all legal Covid restrictions at the same time – now TfL have officially confirmed it. Full steam ahead…

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Sadiq to Keep TfL Mask Mandate Despite End of Plan B

Sadiq Khan has announced that masks will continue to be mandatory on all Transport for London services, including the tube, despite the government ending their legal mandate across the country from next Thursday. Surprise, surprise.

Despite the encouraging Omicron data, Sadiq said the “Government should rethink their plans and keep legislation in place”, and confirmed he won’t revoke them himself:

“If we have learnt anything from this pandemic, it is that we must not get complacent and undo all our hard work and sacrifices. That’s why face coverings will remain a condition of carriage on TfL services. I’m asking everyone in our capital to do the right thing and continue to wear a face covering when travelling on TfL services to keep us all protected and to prevent further restrictions from being necessary later down the line.”

In the wise words of Zarah Sultana, the mask debate is “purely ideological”…

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Cash-Strapped TfL to Award £12 Million in Bonuses to Top Bosses

Cash-strapped Transport for London – which has received almost £5 billion in bailout grants from the Government and still has £2 billion gap to plug in order to break even – is offering £12 million a year in bonuses to top executives to stop staff departures. However, bonuses will only be paid when TfL is entirely self-sufficient in terms of its day-to-day operations. That isn’t expected to happen until April 2023…

A paper seen by the TfL’s remuneration committee explains that if TfL meets 75% of its targets  bonuses to top execs would cost TfL £9,354,36. The maximum scorecard achievement of 100% would earn top execs the staggering £12,155,315 figure. 

A TfL spokesperson said:

“Following a suspension of senior management payment awards in the last financial year, the Remuneration Committee has agreed by Chair’s Action to implement a revised performance award arrangement for 2021/22 and 2022/23.”

In the meantime Sadiq Khan has called on the Government to better fund TfL and help it recover from the pandemic. TfL is splashing £12 million on executive handouts whilst asking for more taxpayer funded bailouts…

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100,000+ Petition Sadiq Khan to Reinstate the Night Tube

A petition calling for Sadiq Khan to reinstate the night tube has reached 105,815 signatures, at the time of going to pixel. The petition set up by Ella Watson, an intern at UN women, slams Khan’s decision to keep the night tube closed over the winter of 2021/22 claiming that it will have a “disproportionate impact on women” who risk harassment whilst walking home at night “and low-income groups” who cannot afford to travel home in taxis. Khan’s budget problems, rather than the pandemic, explain why the night tube can’t be reopened.

The petition adds that over 70% of women in the UK have experienced sexual harassment in public and references the recent, tragic, and high-profile murders of Sabina Nessa and Sarah Everard which she claims “epitomises the fear women face of walking alone or standing on the streets in the evening and at night”. The petition calls on Sadiq Khan as well as Boris Johnson, tube boss Andy Byford, Grant Shapps, and Elizabeth Truss to “take responsibility for women’s public safety and reopen the night tube this winter”. 

A spokesperson for Sadiq Khan says the mayor is committed to re-opening the service “as quickly as possible”. No date has been set for when the night tube will be rolling again… 

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