Boris: I can improve rail network

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson meeting shoppers in Wimbledon today. Photo: ITN

Boris Johnson today claimed that he is the mayoral candidate to secure vital improvements to London's suburban rail services. The Conservative candidate said yesterday's Budget showed he could successfully negotiate with the Government to get more money to fund transport improvements.

His plans include:

Longer trains on key commuter routes and increased capacity at suburban rail stations in London.

Getting the Government to fund specific improvements on a number of suburban routes. He says the Government is looking seriously at this.

He also claimed his Labour rival Ken Livingstone was unable to deliver improvements to the suburban rail network when he was London's mayor. However, Mr Livingstone has promised to cut fares on public transport in London.

"We are now on track to secure the investment which will transform suburban rail services"

– Boris Johnson

Mr Johnson said: ‘Yesterday’s announcement means we are now on track to secure the investment which will transform suburban rail service, including longer trains and upgraded stations, and I look forward to working constructively with Government to deliver those improvements.’