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Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:

“With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to launching the Night Tube, sadly this delay comes as little surprise. If you try and launch a major project without speaking to the people you’ll be relying on to deliver it, it’s never going to end well.

“Instead of hiding on the side-lines, Boris Johnson should have been at the forefront of negotiations, making sure staff were happy and that the launch of the Night Tube was running to schedule. He now needs to be completely honest with Londoners about exactly when this service will be delivered and if nothing else offer some certainty to the capital’s businesses who need to put their own plans in place.”

Delayed Night Tube launch "comes as little suprise" - Val Shawcross AM

Responding to the announcement that the launch of the Night Tube will be delayed, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:“With Boris Johnson’s blundering approach to launching the...

London’s primary school children should be given free travel during school holidays to make it easier for them to make the most of the capital’s attractions and museums Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross has argued. Lower passenger numbers during August often lead to spare capacity on the transport network which could be used to introduce free travel for school children during the summer holidays without causing additional disruption.

Whilst under 11s already get free travel on Transport for London (TfL) networks, those living south of the river are significantly more likely to miss out when compared with their North London counterparts. The difference stems from train companies operating on national rail routes, which primarily serve South London, refusing to recognise the free travel scheme. Compared with North London, areas south of the river have significantly fewer tube lines and stations, forcing users to rely far more on national rail services run by companies other than TfL. The anomaly means that south of the river under 11s are far more likely to have to pay for their travel.

With increased demand on families during the summer holidays, costs can easily rack up. For example, south of the river a child’s peak return ticket from Orpington in Zone 6 to Charing Cross would cost £6.80 per child. A similar service north of the river from Rainham, also in Zone 6, would be free of charge.

Introducing a summer holiday ticket for the whole London transport network, similar to the Freedom Pass given to those over 60, would remove these discrepancies and allow all children the flexibility to explore the capital for free.

Ms Shawcross called on the Mayor to work with TfL and the National Rail providers to explore the cost and workability of giving all school-age children free travel during summer holidays.

Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:

“Free travel for under 11s was introduced by the previous mayor to make sure young people were able to make the most of the capital and all of the amazing things it has to offer. With so much spare capacity on the transport network in August we could easily extend the free travel scheme to all school-age children during the summer holidays, opening up all the opportunities on London’s doorstep.

“If the Mayor really put his mind to it, I’m sure a deal could be reached to give school children free travel across London during the holidays. This would not only help millions of families but also undo the current north-south divide which means that children living in vast areas south of the river are effectively excluded from getting free travel. The bare minimum the train operators should do is to provide the free travel scheme during the school summer holidays.”

End London’s North-South divide over school-children free travel urges Val Shawcross AM

London’s primary school children should be given free travel during school holidays to make it easier for them to make the most of the capital’s attractions and museums Labour’s London...

Commenting on new research from Shelter showing the Government’s new Starter Homes programme will be unaffordable to all but high income Londoners, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley AM said:

"Shelter's analysis strongly suggests that the Government's new Starter Homes programme is doomed to fail. Not only will these new homes be unaffordable to working families on average incomes in the capital, the signs are that Government will raid the affordable housing budget to pay for them, resulting in fewer, not more, genuinely affordable homes being built.

"Token schemes like this which appear to move pots of money around instead of actually increasing investment in housing, will not help. The government need to take the housing crisis seriously. That means properly funding Housing Associations to build social and shared ownership housing and removing the arbitrary cap on council investment in new homes. £450,000 homes which are unaffordable to the vast majority of the population are not part of the solution."

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Shelter report reveals Starter Homes programme may result in fewer affordable homes

Commenting on new research from Shelter showing the Government’s new Starter Homes programme will be unaffordable to all but high income Londoners, Labour’s London Assembly Housing Spokesperson Tom Copley AM said: "Shelter's...

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