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World first as daily price capping on Oyster Pre Pay brings benefits to passengers

14 FEBRUARY 2005

Daily price capping means passengers on the Tube, bus, tram or DLR will never pay more than the price of a Day Travelcard, no matter how many Oyster Pre Pay journeys in zones 1 to 6 are made. The Oyster card is the first smartcard ticketing system in the world to offer daily price capping.

Passengers who pay cash or buy Day Travelcards can now switch to Oyster and benefit from faster and easier journeys.

Mayor Ken Livingstone said:

Mayor praises Thames Festival as one of the most magical events in the capital

14 FEBRUARY 2005

This weekend, tens of thousands of Londoners and visitors to the capital will take part in the Mayor's Thames Festival, the annual celebration of the river's role in the life of the city. Now in its eighth year, the two-day festival continues to grow in popularity, with over 300,000 people taking part last year.

Operational note: Notification of London Assembly meetings

11 FEBRUARY 2005

Monday 14 February 2005

London Assembly Plenary – 10am in The Chamber

The Mayor will present his 2005-06 budget to the London Assembly for Members to approve or amend.


Tuesday 15 February 2005

Commission on London Governance – 3.30pm in Committee Room 1

Assembly defends West End rickshaws

11 FEBRUARY 2005

A threat to make hailing a rickshaw during a night out in the West End more difficult should be resisted, the London Assembly says today.

Although tighter controls should be brought in to stop them from cluttering up streets when theatres empty out, proposals to ban rickshaws from bus lanes and make it more difficult for them to park should be rejected.

Mayor commissions study into Embankment improvements

11 FEBRUARY 2005

Whilst maintaining the area's role as a vital route for traffic, a newly appointed design team led by consultants MacCormac Jameson Pritchard architects will examine several ways to enhance and revitalise the area, which includes the existing tree-lined promenade and several listed parks and gardens. The study aims to recognise the needs of both pedestrians and motorists and will bring together currently isolated areas creating a world-class riverside promenade.

Can "superbug" be killed off in London?

9 FEBRUARY 2005

How big a problem is MRSA  in the capital's hospitals?  Is the Department of Health doing enough to prevent the spread of infection? Do patients have a role to play in bringing the problem under control?

The London Assembly is to investigate these and other important questions to develop a better understanding of what hospital acquired infections mean for the health service and patients in London.

Devolution will improve Londoners' lives, says expert

9 FEBRUARY 2005

Londoners will benefit from better public services and a clearer sense of who runs what if more power is devolved to regional and local government in the capital.

Tony Travers, Britain’s leading local government expert, yesterday expressed this view during the first evidentiary hearing of the Commission on London Governance.

London Plan receives accolade from planning profession

9 FEBRUARY 2005

The Planning Officers’ Society Award for Spatial Strategies was accepted on behalf of the Greater London Authority by Nicky Gavron the Deputy Mayor and Eleanor Young, the Mayor’s Senior Policy Adviser on Planning and Spatial Development. Published in February 2004, the London Plan is the first statutory strategic plan for the city to be adopted in the past 20 years.
The judges commented:

The Mayor's response to the Green Group's support of his 2005/6 budget

8 FEBRUARY 2005

Commenting on the decision of the Green Group to support his 2005/6 budget the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said:

"I very much welcome the decision of the Green Group on the London Assembly to support my budget for 2005/6. It is a budget which delivers more neighbourhood police teams across London, a leap forward in new investment in better public transport, but also a major package of measures to improve Londoners’ environment and quality of life.

Mayor fails to rule out Congestion Charge rise

8 FEBRUARY 2005

Ken Livingstone today turned down the chance to reassure the London Assembly that the price of the congestion charge would remain at £8 until the next London elections in 2008.

During a meeting of the Assembly's Transport Committee, the Mayor was asked to confirm that the daily price of the charge would not rise beyond £8. The Mayor told Assembly Members that he had no plans to make further increases but a situation might occur which could lead him to reassess the cost of the scheme.