Mayor's bus announcement is pre-election smoke and mirrors

Responding to Sadiq Khan's announcement of electric buses in Sutton, City Hall Liberal Democrats have accused the Mayor of using smoke and mirrors tactics ahead of next year’s London elections and of trying to hide the extent of cuts to bus services across London under his administration.

A previous Freedom of Information request by the Lib Dems showed that since Sadiq Khan came to power in 2016, his administration has presided over 19.3 million kilometres of cuts to bus routes in the capital.

Commenting, Caroline Pidgeon said:

"This announcement is nothing but smoke and mirrors from Labour ahead of the London elections next year.

"The fact is, the additional one million kilometres of bus routes per year announced today would mean it would take over 18 years to reverse the 19.3 million kilometres of routes previously cut by Khan.

"Londoners cannot wait that long just for the Mayor to reverse his previous cuts, especially with the Mayor’s expansion of ULEZ to outer London taking place at the end of this month.”