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Funding Agreed for Woolwich Crossrail Station Box



On 16 February, it was announced that agreement had been reached with developer Berkeley Homes concerning the construction of the station box for Woolwich station.


The station box will be privately funded by developer Berkeley Homes under an agreement with the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Crossrail Ltd and Greenwich Council.


The new station will be beneficial for passengers using Crossrail, as well as residents in Woolwich and south east London.   


The station box at Woolwich would need to be fitted out before it is brought into full operational status – this will be conditional on developers and local businesses making sufficient contributions to pay for the cost of fitting out the station.


East London Transit celebrates first birthday


On 23 February, Transport for London announced that in the twelve months since its launch five and a half million passengers have used the East London Transit (ELT). The project has already scooped two awards and passengers are now enjoying quicker and more reliable journeys and bus use across the local network has increased by ten per cent.


The East London Transit provides a quick and direct link from Ilford to Dagenham Dock station via Barking town centre. It has reduced journey times by 15 percent and a recent customer satisfaction survey reported a 5 percentage point improvement in customer satisfaction.


As well as being a local success, the ELT has been recognised with two awards. The project won the first prize in the Infrastructure category of the UK Bus Awards 2010 for highway improvements and bus priority delivered along the route, along with a national award from The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for architectural excellence for its rest area for bus drivers at the ELT terminus at Dagenham Dock.

New Managing Director Surface Transport appointed



On 23 February, Transport for London announced that Leon Daniels had been appointed as the new Managing Director, Surface Transport.  Leon joins TfL from FirstGroup plc, where he is currently Customer Service and Communications Director, UK Bus.  He will take up the post in late April and succeeds David Brown, who is leaving TfL at the end of March to join The Go-Ahead Group plc to become their Group Chief Executive.


Economic and Business Policy


Launch of Team London


On 4 March, I launched an ambitious scheme to get thousands more Londoners volunteering and helping to transform the capital.


Team London, which has been launched as a result of a major commitment from the Reuben Foundation, will bring voluntary community organisations together and harness goodwill across the city to tackle crime and increase opportunities for young people.


For all its economic dynamism, London faces deep-rooted social challenges and disparities in opportunities, health and well-being. Team London will develop a more effective coordination of some of the volunteering activity that already exists in the city and aims to make volunteering easy to do and easier to find out about.


With the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, London will be the first city outside the United States to launch a programme based on the successful ‘Cities of Service’ model instigated in New York, which has been replicated by cities across America. The plan has been tailored to address the specific needs of London and will focus on three key areas- crime, improving quality of life and increasing youth opportunities.


Already £2 million has been donated to the programme by Team London’s founding supporter, the Reuben Foundation, which I am matching with a further £2 million.  The intention is to obtain additional funding from the private sector and charitable foundations to underwrite activities in the future.


A new partnership for growth


The economic growth of the capital will be supported by a new enterprise partnership between City Hall and the capital’s boroughs and businesses.


Covering the whole of the capital, the new London Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will identify opportunities for business and economic growth, innovation, training and job creation. It will also make the case to central Government to ensure London receives its fair share of funds to support economic development. A leading member of the capital’s business community and I will co-chaired the Partnership.


The proposal to create a London-wide LEP was given the go ahead by the Coalition Government on 17 February. The partners will now establish a board and develop plans to ensure London remains the engine of the UK economy and the most competitive city in the world for business and maximises inward investment opportunities.

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