Ken Livingstone today promised to fight for new transport infrastructure in Barking and Dagenham and Newham, that will boost the economy, provide a reliable link to the tube network and reduce reliance on the private car.
Ken is proposing to put pressure on the Tory government to fund an extension of the DLR to Dagenham Dock. The plan was shelved by Tory Mayor Boris Johnson in 2008 as part of his £3 billion transport infrastructure cuts. The DLR extension would cost £750m.
Speaking today about his promise to invest in the future of London’s transport infrastructure, Labour’s candidate for London Mayor Ken Livingstone said;
“Our economy is struggling and under Tory policies we have gone back into recession. More than 1 in 10 Londoners are out of work. As mayor I will do everything within my power to make Londoners better off, including cutting the fares.
“Tory mayor Boris Johnson’s inflation-busting fares increases, and his unwillingness to invest mean there are huge surpluses. I will give the utmost priority to extending the DLR to Dagenham Dock.”
Ken’s plan for the extension will include 5 new stations, one of which will be in the borough of Newham and the other four will be in Barking and Dagenham. Speaking today on his plans for transport Ken also pledged to protect the South London Line from Tory cuts.Other news from London Assembly Labour