TfL To Furlough 7,000 Staff

From Monday, Transport for London is to furlough 7,000 staff as Tube and bus journeys have fallen by 95% and 85% respectively, collapsing the firm’s main source of income. The mass-furloughing move is to save the company £15.8 million every four weeks. Whilst this seems like a lot of money to most people, to TfL’s chairman Sadiq Khan, it’s just half the £30 million he’s increased his staffing budget by before Coronavirus struck…

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London Transport for Critical Workers

The message is that “All TfL services are now solely focused on ensuring critical workers can move around as needed. You should not be using public transport or travelling for anything other than essential journeys.” Guido hears that Sadiq wants London to go into full lock down.

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TfL’s Fishy Figures Over People’s Vote Tube Ads

Guido revealed yesterday how Transport for London refused to divulge how much they charged People’s Vote to run their dodgy ad campaign on the Tube, using a legal exemption to avoid revealing whether People’s Vote had received unduly favourable rates. TfL quoted only the generic ‘rate card value’ of the ads when answering the FoI request, stating that People’s Vote’s first round of advertising in October last year had a value of £50,000, with a second round in January with a value of £16,000. What rate they actually paid we’ll never know…

However, Guido can now reveal that when responding to a separate FoI last year, TfL claimed that the same People’s Vote’s October advertising campaign had only had a rate card value of £40,114.80 – specifically for a one day campaign on 11 digital escalator panel runs and 50 LCD screens. Not only won’t they release the exact figures, they aren’t even giving different people the same answer. Is TfL’s FoI team literally just making them up now?

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Khan’s Nick Clegg Moment: TfL Travelcards Hiked By 2%

“From today, I’ve frozen all TfL fares until 2020″ tweeted Sadiq Khan yesterday, linking his followers to a page on the TfL website listing fares which have been frozen. The Mayor was being misleading at best, downright untruthful at worst. The link he tweeted did not include the fares that are going up. 

Buried on the TfL website is the news that daily and weekly caps are rising by an average of 2%. The price of a monthly Travelcard (zones 1&2) will rise by £2.30. Adult Day Travelcard prices have been hiked by up to 50p, Child Day Travelcard prices are going up by 30p. Travelcard season ticket prices are rising by an average of 2%, some by considerably more than that. If you’re a commuter you will likely use a Travelcard and Khan’s fake “freeze” will not apply to you.

During the mayoral election Khan promised: “Londoners won’t pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today”. In his manifesto he said he would “freeze London transport fares for four years”. The new TfL fares released yesterday confirm that these promises have been completely and utterly 100% broken. While Westminster and the media are focused on other things, Khan is getting away with Nick Clegg-level dishonesty in the capital…

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Sadiq Gives TfL Executives £100,000 Payout Each

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So far Sadiq has chopped his election promise of a full fare freeze for Londoners, as well as his pledge on planting trees. Now the London Mayor is wielding the axe on Transport for London staff – LBC reveal he has given 49 senior managers and directors voluntary redundancy. How much has the executive cull cost? An average of £100,000 per exec, resulting in a £5 million bill for the taxpayer. Khan claims his cuts will save eight times that in the long run. Six figure payouts for TfL fatcats is a bitter pill to swallow for Khan voters who were misled by his fares fib…

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New Uber Rival Tries to Get Unions Onside

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Karhoo is the new challenger to Uber, offering a “marketplace” for existing minicab firms to compete for your lift. Announcing its expansion today in Parliament, a gathering of taxi firm operators, politicians, and even a GMB representative turned up to hear the British CEO Daniel Ishag talk-up the firm’s three to five minute wait time in central London. The GMB private hire drivers’ union is this week challenging Uber over workers’ pay in the Central London Tribunal. Acting as an aggregator for minicabs, Karhoo is seeking to get around all the difficult TfL regulations, letting cab firms sort it out for themselves. Karhoo handing out £25 gift cards for MPs in attendance doesn’t do them any harm, either…

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