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London Mayor Boris Johnson drops £3bn transport plans

London mayor Boris Johnson launched his transport plans for the capital city today, promising better buses, cycle routes and continuing investment in Tube and rail, but shelving £3bn worth of potential projects including the Thames Gateway bridge, the Cross River tram and Croydon tram extension.

Johnson outlined in his paper "Way to Go" how he intends to improve the transport network for Londoners, through a number of measures including:

- Commitment to Crossrail, which will boost the capacity of the transport network by 10 per cent - Continuing work on the Tube, which will see a 30 per cent capacity increase on the network (including the introduction of airconditioning on some lines)
- Continued development of the London Overground network to form an orbital rail equivalent to the M25, and the roll-out of Oyster across the private rail franchises.

- Improved policing, security, and CCTV to make the transport network safer.

- Rephasing traffic lights, opening the bus lanes to motorbikes, and clamping down on companies that leave holes in the streets.

- Creation of special dedicated cycling routes into central London.

- A review of bus services to ensure that they are serving Londoners effectively, and the introduction of a new 21st century Routemaster bus with open platform

The transport projects shelved include the Thames Gateway bridge, Cross River tram, Croydon tram extension, East London transit, Greenwich waterfront transit and Dagenham Dock DLR.

"I want to improve Londoners’ quality of life and we will be investing billions in achieving this through better transport - boosting capacity on the Tube network by 30 per cent, delivering Crossrail, which will revolutionise the way we get across the city, and in a host of other measures to improve the experience of navigating the capital," said London Mayor Boris Johnson.

"Our guiding principle of value for money will mean that Londoners money is invested wisely on projects that deliver real results."

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