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New railway plan axed

PUBLISHED: 11:31 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

TRANSPORT budget plans for the capital were lauded by councillors despite plans for a new railway being axed.

TRANSPORT budget plans for the capital were lauded by councillors despite plans for a new railway being axed.

Bexley transport councillor Peter Craske said Transport for London's (TfL) £9.2 billion budget would be 'sensible' despite the cancellation of the proposed Greenwich Waterfront Transit (GWT) link.

The 2009 budget includes a £2.4 billion set of efficiency savings that Mr Johnson says are required to "balance the books", with an emphasis on improving existing services.

Mr Craske said: "The cancellation of the GWT is disappointing but, when the international and national economy is in such a bad way, it is essential to focus on your key priorities."

Yet last November Mr Johnson attracted scorn from Greenwich council when he confirmed that the Thames Gateway Bridge project would be axed. Council leader Chris Roberts said hundreds of businesses would suffer whilst thousands of residents would be left with inadequate transport.

The bridge would have connected the potential GWT to East London, but Bexley councillors applauded its cancellation, fearing it would cause traffic chaos.

An annual commuter ticket to central London from Bexleyheath went up by 11.5 per cent on January 1, a rise of £132 to £1,272 a year.

The annual fare from Beckenham Junction went up by £72 to £1,000 a year, and people commuting from Dartford will be paying £1,820.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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