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London Assembly grills Boris on his transport strategy

PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:01 05 October 2010

BORIS Johnson is under pressure to explain his public transport ideas for London after announcing a £5 billion cut to City Hall's budget. This follows several projects being axed as well as commissioning a report saying bus services would have to be slashed

By Mike Brooke

BORIS Johnson is under pressure to explain his public transport ideas for London after announcing a £5 billion cut to City Hall's budget.

This follows several projects being axed across London as well as the Mayor commissioning a report saying bus services would have to be slashed and after Boris refused to rule out imminent fare rises.

He is being quizzed by the London Assembly's transport committee next Tuesday (October 20), to answer questions on key strategies including transport which will shape London for years to come.

The main concern has been the Mayor needing to take "a more radical approach" to deal with what his critics see as congestion, overcrowding on trains and traffic pollution, in the committee's response to his preliminary proposals.

His long-term strategy "could cause pain to the travelling public," Labour's Opposition transport member Val Shawcross claims in a letter to the East London Advertiser today.

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