Dozens of Ealing residents started the New Year with a bang, with local Labour MPs Rupa Huq and Steve Pound, Council Leader Julian Bell and Cllr. Miriam Rice out at stations across Ealing on January 2nd. From Southall in the West to Acton in the East the quartet started the year as they mean to go on, distributing leaflets regarding the challenges to TFL under the government.
A new GLA (Greater London Authority) campaign has begun, in an attempt to ensure the re-election of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. Mayor Khan’s TFL strategy has ensured frozen fares for the third year running, a 65% decrease in tube strikes, the launching of the night tube and the commitment to tackle travel pollution across London.
He has unfortunately been met with a £700 million cuts to TFL, 3.1% increases in travel cards and rail fares and consistent strikes across national rail services.
After a successful event in held in Parliament, hosted by Rupa Huq MP in December, where 60 local Ealing residents met with TFL and TravelWatch to highlight issues surrounding Ealing Buses and the cutting of the 440 bus, MPs and councillors alike want to keep up the pressure to ensure better services across Greater London and Ealing, especially with the introduction of Cross Rail.