At his first Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday morning, Sadiq Khan was questioned by Caroline Pidgeon AM about plans for the proposed Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf walking and cycling bridge as well as the prospects for extending the cycle hire scheme to SE16.
Hear his responses:
The final list of candidates for the Surrey Docks by-election on 9 June has now been published.
You can hear from the candidates next monday at the Canada Water Consultative Forum.
Services on the East London line have been increased from two to four trains per hour between 22:00 and 23:30, on the following routes:
- Dalston Junction to New Cross
- Highbury & Islington to West Croydon
- Highbury & Islington to Crystal Palace
- Dalston Junction to Clapham Junction
Mike Stubbs, Director of London Overground, said: “This is great news for our customers. The East London line is becoming increasingly popular, particularly at night, with many enjoying what London has to offer. To meet this increase in demand we have boosted frequency by 50 per cent on some late night services, significantly increasing capacity.”
Members of the London Assembly have tabled questions to the new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan about his plans for transport in the Rotherhithe area.
Florence Eshalomi, newly elected as Labour’s London Assembly member for the Lambeth & Southwark constituency (in succession to Val Shawcross) has asked the mayor:
What steps will the Mayor take to improve transport at Canada Water, specifically will he support a new pedestrian and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, the extension of the cycle hire, additional Jubilee Line services, the improvement of the local road network and approach to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, including removal of the Lower Road Gyratory and additional bus capacity?
Meanwhile Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has asked Mr Khan the following question:
Will you re-examine the case for introducing a shuttle bus service running round the Rotherhithe peninsula to meet the growing transport needs of this area?
Answers from Mr Khan should be published soon after the Spring Bank Holiday – we’ll let you know what he says,
Southwark Liberal Democrats and Southwark Labour have selected their candidates for the Surrey Docks by-election to be held on Thursday 9 June.
The poll has been triggered by the resignation of incumbent Lib Dem councillor Lisa Rajan.
The Liberal Democrat candidate will be Daniel Whitehead (Twitter: @LibDemDan)
Labour has selected Will Holmes (Twitter: @Willtholmes) to contest the election.
The deadline for all candidates to submit their nomination papers is 4pm on Thursday 12 May. A full list of candidates will be published by the returning officer soon afterwards.
Residents in Surrey Docks Ward will be asked to elect a new councillor at a by-election on Thursday 9 June.
Lisa Rajan – a Lib Dem councillor since 2002 – has resigned her council seat because her husband now works in Manchester.
“It is with huge sadness that I am standing down as one of the Liberal Democrat councillors for Surrey Docks,” said Lisa Rajan.
“For fourteen years I have had the greatest privilege of representing an incredible community and helping win the fights for the new Canada Water Library and the C10 bus route.
“Being a councillor needs serious commitment though and I’m very sorry that changes in my personal life mean that I can no longer serve residents the way Liberal Democrat councillors believe we should always do.
“Fourteen years after first being elected, there are still huge issues in Surrey Docks. Most importantly, we need to make the council’s regeneration process happen ‘with’ residents and not ‘to’ them. We also need proper infrastructure in place – GPs, schools and transport – before further huge development takes place at Canada Water.
“I really want to thank residents for their support over the years and hope they will continue to back the Liberal Democrats as the best choice to fight residents’ corner in Surrey Docks.”
Lisa Rajan is the author of the ‘Tara Binns’ series of children’s books.
Poundland has submitted a planning application to Southwark Council which effectively confirms that the chain will replace the Co-operative Food store at the Blue.