Oona: I want a London-wide school bus system


11:30 am - June 20th 2010

by Chris Barnyard    


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London Mayor contender Oona King has called for a city-wide bus system to serve schools, saying it would ease congestion and help poorer residents.

Oona King is running against Ken Livingstone to be Labour’s candidate for Mayor.

In an article for Tribune magazine published this week, she said that the school run causes 20% of London’s congestion.

We need a school bus system across the city. This is something I will make happen. Forget about the old arguments about the bendy bus and the Routemaster. The future is school buses. And I shall be the Mayor to deliver them.

She also said she would promise better night buses to outer London.

If you live 10 or 15 miles out you have just as much a right to an easy bus ride home late at night as those living in zones one or two. And I want to make cycling easier, with bike lane superhighways and a quadrupling of parking places for bikes.

Last week at a Labour Party meeting in Ilford North she also she would “consider” building on green belt land in order to ease housing shortage.

But that policy was immediately criticised by Ken Livingstone, who said he wanted to protect London’s existing green spaces and would concentrate house-building on ‘brownfield’ land.

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The idea of a vast dedicated London school bus fleet most of which would sit idle most of the day is preposterous. The capital cost would be enormous and all these extra large buses could even add to congestion rather than reduce it.


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