Earlier in the year Jon Cruddas MP and the Labour team in Rainham raised concerns about the poor state of repair of Upminster Road North. The local MP had been contacted by residents in the northern part of the ward who all expressed that the road was now becoming dangerous for drivers due to potholes and other damage to the carriageway.

After mounting pressure, Havering Council have now responded to the Dagenham and Rainham MP to confirm that the whole of Upminster Road North will be resurfaced in September (next month).

In just three weeks 1151 residents have responded to the informal controlled parking zone consultation launched by Jon Cruddas MP, with 989 completing an online survey, 54 direct emails and 108 responses by post. 86% of constituents taking part said they did not support the scheme and 70% of people have expressed that there was poor communication between the community and council, with many pointing out the unfortunate timing of the consultation when residents were preoccupied with the pandemic.

Last month Trenitalia (c2c) signed a new two-year contract with the Department for Transport. With an optional extension for up to two more years, it will then allow Trenitalia (c2c) to transition into the new industry structure announced by the Government earlier this year.

Jon Cruddas MP receives regular updates from c2c. The summer update includes:

In 2019 London City Airport undertook an extensive 16-week public consultation on their draft master plan which proposed airport expansion and a change to operating hours. The plans raised a number of concerns which ranged from increased noise pollution in flight path areas to issues of air quality. Jon Cruddas MP was contacted by many constituents during the consultation period and met with London City Airport to discuss their concerns.

Over the course of the last few months c2c have been in the process of adapting services to meet the needs of customers. Covid-19 has seen a significant drop in journeys. In October, the number of daily travellers had risen to a high of 42% of pre-Covid levels. By the end of November that figure had fallen back down to 30%.

A recent update sent to Jon Cruddas MP outlined the following measures:

Last month the Government put forward a deal to bailout Transport for London at a huge cost to Londoners, this was resoundingly rejected by the Mayor of London and London MPs. Sadiq Khan has now secured an eleventh-hour agreement to keep the tube, busses and other transport services running until March 2021.

The initial Government proposals would have meant higher Council tax, higher fares, scrapping free travel for under-18s and over-60s, and a congestion charge zone that stretched right out to the North and South Circular.

16 London MPs, including Jon Cruddas have backed a campaign started by Virendra Sharma MP which calls on the Government to maintain free travel for children and young people in the capital.

This week Jon Cruddas MP received a detailed and extensive plan from c2c regarding normal timetables resuming at Rainham and Dagenham Dock stations.

C2c have stated that they will return to their full, standard weekday timetable from next Monday, 18th May 2020. This date was agreed with the Government in an industry plan jointly created with DfT over the past few weeks and is designed to provide the largest possible step-up in capacity at the earliest deliverable date that train operators are able to do this.

The Freedom Pass is one of the flagship concessionary travel schemes in the country. It allows free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally to older or disabled people who are eligible for the scheme.

On 31st March approximately 642,000 older person Freedom Passes are due to expire. There are several ways to renew, and most people will receive a notification from London Councils who administer the scheme.

The first set of 24 new carriages was delivered to C2C last weekend, and they will enter passenger service within the next few weeks. This will be the start of a four-phase plan to increase capacity, culminating in a new timetable in January that will address the top issues for passengers in each area:

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