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London infrastructure investment helps the UK, says mayor

London mayor Boris Johnson said today that investment in London’s transport infrastructure improved the economic health of areas across the UK, and should therefore be protected.

“The capital is the powerhouse of the UK economy and its engine is being fuelled by a neo Victorian era of investment in London transport,” said Johnson, speaking ahead of his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. “The billions of pounds and pence we are spending are finding their way into pockets all over the UK.

“That investment must never come under threat if London is to protect the UK’s position within the Premier League of the global economy, and help generate jobs and economic growth for decades to come.”

Planned Transport for London (TfL) upgrades and the Crossrail project combine to mean that London transport infrastructure will receive record levels of investment over the next decade, he said.

Work for UK suppliers

The Greater London Authority today said that 40 of Transport for London’s 70 largest suppliers are outside London. These include:

  • Trains: Derby
  • Buses: Falkirk, Ballymena, Guildford, Scarborough, Leeds.
  • New bus for London: Ballymena.
  • Seat fabric for buses and trains: Huddersfield
  • Destination blinds for buses: Manchester
  • Glass for buses and trains: Runcorn
  • Rail for railways: Scunthorpe (total 350 jobs)
  • Timber railway sleepers: Boston, Lincolnshire (total 60 jobs)
  • Conductor rail: Chard, Somerset (total 180 jobs)
  • Concrete sleepers: Sandiacre, Derbyshire
  • Ballast for rail track: quarried in Yorkshire and stockpiled in Wellingborough, Northants
  • Railway signalling design: Chippenham, Wilts
  • Rail parts: Crewe
  • Datacentre: Woking
  • Congestion charging back office: Coventry, 312 jobs
  • Congestion Charge correspondence: Worthing
  • Congestion Charge systems: Portsmouth (IBM)

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