Mayor hopeful Zac Goldsmith visits Ilford transport depot

PUBLISHED: 10:38 30 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:38 30 March 2016

Zac Goldsmith at the Bombardier Transportation depot in Ley Street, Ilford

Zac Goldsmith at the Bombardier Transportation depot in Ley Street, Ilford


Mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith visited Ilford this morning to launch his transport manifesto.

The Conservative politician visited the Bombardier Transportation Depot, Ley Street, and spoke to employees about his plans for the capital.

He pledged to deliver upgrades to the District, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Northern and Jubilee lines and work with the government to secure money for Crossrail 2.

The candidate said he would increase capacity on the underground, improve transport links to “unlock” brownfield sites for housing and reduce pollution by “cleaning up” the capital’s buses and taxis.

Mr Goldsmith will also “protect the freedom pass” for as long as he is mayor, according to his manifesto.

Addressing the crowd, he said: “London’s success rests on it’s transport network. Getting London moving is one of the reasons I wanted to do this job.”

He said under Boris Johnson London’s transport was “safer” and “more reliable”.

“Our population is set to grow by 10 million people by 2030 and some of our stations are dangerously overcrowded,” said Mr Goldsmith.

“My action plan will deliver the transport London needs.

“I’m standing for a transport system worthy of the greatest city on Earth.”

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