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London Mayor Sadiq Khan calls for certainty in TfL funding UK News

Mr Khan made the calls during a visit to the Wrightbus factory in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, where he saw new electric double-decker buses which are due in London in October.

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The buses will be the first double-decker electric buses made for London in Northern Ireland and will be rolled out in October on route 111, linking Kingston to Heathrow.

But Mr Khan said without certainty of funding he would be unable to provide clarity on future demand.

Times Series: London's new electric bus.  (PENNSYLVANIA)London’s new electric bus. (PENNSYLVANIA)

He said: “Londoners will soon see the all-electric buses we previously ordered built at this Ballymena factory on the roads of the capital, adding to our ever-growing fleet of zero-emission buses and illustrating how investment in our capital can support innovation and green tech jobs across the country.

“As things stand, short-term government funding deals are trapping TfL on life support and jeopardizing innovation, economic growth and jobs like this, while slowing our efforts to improve the energy security.”

Mr Khan added: “I urge the government to engage in good faith with TfL and the town hall over the next few weeks so that we can finally agree a longer-term fair funding deal that will protect the network. London transport – for the good of the capital and the whole country.

The news follows the mayor’s announcement on Friday that would see the ULEZ extended to the whole of London.

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