London could see riots again unless…Well, I’m agog, I don’t know about you!
… more trains and buses are provided at affordable fares for the poorest communities as the population soars, the city's transport commissioner has warned.Errr, seriously? I’m pretty sure none of the rioters last time were of the sort who worry about how they are going to get to work.
Despite an annual investment of about £1bn in tube upgrades and the £14.8bn spent building Crossrail, a rapidly expanding population means an additional 6m trips will be made in the capital each day by the end of the next decade, swallowing up the new capacity on public transport.Ah, so, roughly translated: “Give us more money or the city gets it!”
London's population is officially estimated at 8.4 million and is rising by about 80,000 people a year. It is expected to reach 10 million by 2030. "If you contemplate a London in 2030 without continuous investment and more revenue money, we will have the kind of congestion you're looking at in Mumbai," he said.Well, it seems we already have the population to match, in some areas…