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Steve Norris: Conservative

Cover story; London's Mayor

Rallying call: 'Transport for London will not be London Transport mark 2. I will create an organisation concerned with integration and sustainability.'

Background: Businessman, Conservative MP 1983-1997. Minister for transport in London in the early 1990s. Former chief executive of the Road Haulage Association.

London Undergound: Opposes PPP. Says public money should pay for infrastructure improvements carried out by private sector companies and that private sector management should then be used to make the operation of the Underground more efficient.

Claims that under the current proposal, far too much risk will be allocated to the private sector, making the PPP proposals too expensive. 'What they have done is put the risk in the wrong places which makes it a very, very expensive PPP with too much cost in the private sector.'

Claims he will bring in better management: 'It isn't just about money but the quality of management. Don't underestimate the need to invest in it.'

Congestion charging: Will shun congestion charging powers. Norris predicts that funds raised from charging would be taken away by the Treasury from other areas.

Buses: Better bus lane enforcement: 'At the moment I would say rolling stock fine, track lousy. Every 100 yards or so the bus lane gets impeded. We've only played at bus priority so far.'

Has pledged to speed up progress on a multi-modal electronic ticket that would automatically subtract fares from users' bank accounts. 'At the moment 30% of people pay cash on buses which is slowing the whole thing bus network up.'

Rail: Backs CrossRail underground line between Paddington and Liverpool Street stations Also backs East London London Line extension. Wants to upgrade the Clapham to Willesden rail service in West London. Supports new lines for Docklands Light Railway.

Plans to fill the funding gap on new rail projects by asking businesses along the route whether they will contribute to the work. He hopes they will put money in on the basis that new lines will increase the value of their properties.

Extra selling points: Wants a 24 hour Tube system.

Would use money from enforcing bus lanes and red routes to provide free bus passes for all under 18s.

Strong point: Extensive political background in transport.

Weakness: Opposition to congestion charges would limit his budget.

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