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: 

This week c2c launched a public consultation regarding the proposed new services running through Rainham and Dagenham Dock to and from Fenchurch Street.

Back in August Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham contacted c2c regarding their Sunday service levels, requesting that they look at improving the line. Since then, Sunday services have improved by extending all the way into Fenchurch Street instead of just Barking, and the frequency of trains has been increased to every 30 minutes.

Crossrail have recently been in contact with Jon Cruddas MP regarding their local works. They have highlighted that over the coming months there will be substantial work undertaken at Chadwell Heath station. The new tracks are due to be laid just east of the station over the Christmas and New Year period. Jon Cruddas will be meeting with Crossrail’s Chief Executive in the coming weeks to discuss the impact of the works on local residents and the constituency.