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Drivers told to slow down because transport chiefs can't afford essential repairs

Drivers on one of London's busiest roads have been ordered to slow down because cash-strapped transport chiefs can no longer afford essential repairs.

The 50mph limit on a six-lane stretch of the A40 in west London was cut to 30mph in December 2017 after corrosion was found on central reservation crash barriers.

The Conservatives blamed Labour mayor Sadiq Khan's partial fares freeze for contributing to a £1bn black hole in Transport for London finances.

TfL said there were no plans to repair the barriers because they were not a priority. Instead, the speed limit has been reduced on safety grounds.

Mr Khan called on ministers to give him more money or Londoners would face worsening roads.

Unless they allow us to for example to keep the Vehicle Excise Duty Londoners pay - at the moment we pay this massive amount in road tax, it goes to other parts of the country - the roads in London will get worse.

– SADIQ KHAN, MAYOR OF LONDON

But Tories claimed Londoners were paying a price for the mayor's partial fares freeze.

That's costing TfL £640m. They can't afford now to repair barriers. It's criminal.

– KEITH PRINCE, LONDON ASSEMBLY CONSERVATIVE MEMBER

Motoring organisations called on TfL to lift the speed limit.

This should only be done on a short term basis. We need urgent attention to make sure the barriers are fixed and repaired as soon as possible.

– NICK LYES, RAC