NEW LONDON MAYOR SPELLS OUT
POLICIES FOR THE THAMES

 

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Labour's Sadiq Khan was elected as the Mayor of London early on Saturday (May 7th).

He won City Hall after beating Tory Zac Goldsmith by 1,310,143 votes to 994,614.

During the London Mayoral camapign River Thames News asked each of the candidates for their policies on the future of the river.

Here is how the succesful candidate outlined his views:

"The River Thames plays a vital role in London’s economy, the movement of freight and passengers and the wellbeing of all Londoners.  

"There is great potential for further growth in freight and passenger traffic on the Thames, and as Mayor I will encourage greater use of the river.  This will not only keep thousands of trucks off the road and free up the roads, but also reduce air pollution.

"The Thames Path is an asset to the city and includes some beautiful walks and riverside scenes.  If I’m elected Mayor, I will finish the Thames Path, working with boroughs, landowners and businesses to complete missing sections and protect the sections that are already open.  

"We also desperately need additional river crossings east of Tower Bridge.  But we need to focus on regeneration, with a strong emphasis on public transport, cycling and walking crossings.  And we mustn’t forget the importance of the river to the city’s wildlife, which is why I’ll do more to clean up the Thames.

"As Mayor, I will work with local residents, boroughs and businesses to make the sure the Thames can be enjoyed by everyone and utilised for the benefit of all Londoners."

Earlier story on the other candidates' views