Transport for London is reported to still be planning big cuts despite a multi-billion-pound funding offer from government.
ITV News reports mayor Sadiq Khan said officials needed more time to examine the proposals before deciding if the ‘managed decline’ of services could be halted.
The Department for Transport announced late on Friday it had drawn up a long-term funding deal for TfL.
It says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “I’ve put a long-term settlement on the table to ensure services are supported and £3.6bn of capital projects take place by 2024.” He added: “The ball is now firmly in the Mayor’s court.” and “The devil’s in the detail”.
But Mr Khan told ITV News it was too early to say whether he would accept the proposals. “We know from previous offers from the government there are often strings attached, the devil’s in the detail,” said Mr Khan, and added, “Let’s wait and see what the TfL officials say. We may need a short extension to look at it properly. What I will not do is accept a deal that’s going to be damaging to our city. We’re still planning for cuts.”
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