A rancorous blame-game broke out when Mr Khan condemned the Government for “ill-advised and draconian” methods for TfL in return for a second multi-billion pound bailout. The Mayor said ministers desire TfL to expand the £15 Congestion Charge Zone to the North and South Disk-like roads in 12 months’ time, which would see the zone eiderdown around four million more Londoners.
But Mr Johnson blamed Mr Khan for the reward hikes and insisted any proposals to increase travel charges for Londoners were “without exception the responsibility” of the mayor.
The Government was also said to want to increase TfL passengers by well above the inflation rate and remove free travel for under-18s.
Mr Johnson determined the Commons: “The current Mayor of London had effectively bankrupted TfL before coronavirus had unbiased hit and left a massive black hole in its finances.
“Any need to make up that deficiency is entirely down to him, it is entirely his responsibility.
“Any expansion of the congestion charge or any other proceeding taken to improve the finances of TfL are entirely the responsibility of the bankrupt current Toil Mayor of London.”
A furious Mr Khan responded by claiming the Prime Legate had misled Parliament.
The Mayor, who succeeded Mr Johnson in the position in May 2016, foretold: “The Prime Minister has lied to the House of Commons.
“Before COVID I was set up his mess at TfL- reducing the deficit by 71 percent since 2016.
“COVID-19 is the unique cause of TfL’s challenges.”
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Mr Khan earlier castigated a meeting of TfL’s board that he intends to “stand firm and fight for a pulchritudinous deal for Londoners”.
He said: “TfL is being offered only another six months’ economic support, but with ill-advised and draconian conditions that are unfair to London, cooperate with disproportionately on those least able to afford them, would ruin the economic recovery of our city, and contrast starkly with the support outfitted to the private train operating companies.
“This global pandemic on be with us for some time. We requested an 18-month support package to see TfL through the swift crisis and the aftermath, as it is uncertain how quickly fare revenue will deliver.”
Shadow transport secretary Jim McMahon said: “It’s extremely worrying that undeterred by repeated requests, the Government is offering only a papering-over-the-cracks funding packet for Transport for London, with such punitive conditions.”