Call for 'savings' as more than 400 TfL staff paid over £100,000

More than 400 senior executives at Transport for London (TfL) were paid in excess of £100,000 last year, according to new figures.

The number of Transport for London and Crossrail staff paid more than £100,000 has increased by four in the last 12 months, to 458 Credit: PA

TfL, responsible for tubes, buses and trams, is under pressure to slash costs to fund mayor Sadiq Khan's four-year fares freeze.

The new mayor has publicly accused the publicly funded transport body of being "flabby" and a statement from one of his deputies appeared to be a warning shot to highly paid officials.

Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross, called for "efficiencies and savings."

London mayor Sadiq Khan has said fares will be frozen for four years Credit: PA

TfL paid 402 executives more than £100,000, while a further 56 were employed by sister organisation Crossrail.

The combined total of 458 is an increase of four on the previous year.

The highest paid official was Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme, who earned £775,500 including bonuses.

Transport for London Commissioner Mike Brown was paid £438,147.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme was the highest paid official Credit: PA

TfL said it was working with the new mayor on a "root and branch review" of costs.

We compete with the private and public sector for highly skilled and experienced people across a range of disciplines, including engineeering, technology and property development and the pay of our senior team is significantly lower than that in comparable organisations

– Transport for London spokesman

TfL is good but it's flabby. By making TfL a tighter ship to deliver a fares freeze without affecting investment, Sadiq will ensure that London is given an affordable and modern transport system for the benefit of all Londoners.

– Val Shawcross, Deputy Mayor for Transport