Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Surely Our City Deserves Better'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Surely Our City Deserves Better'

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FOR ALMOST every Londoner, the capital's crumbling transport system is a source of grave concern.

The extent of their concern, however, has reached new heights - as reflected in the overwhelming response to our new online petition and debate website (www.thisislondon.co.uk/savethetube).

The Evening Standard has persistently voiced its fears that public-private partnership (PPP) on the Tube would create more problems than it would solve.

Now, more than 2,900 Londoners have shown they feel the same way by signing the petition opposing the Government's plans. The debate has even taken on an international dimension, with views sent in from as far afield as America.

Whether you think Londoners should take to the streets in protest, or support the Government's proposals, contact our website to have your say.

I LEFT London and moved to the States 13 years ago. Upon my periodic visits back to England, I can't fail to notice the continual degeneration of all things that were once great. Coincidentally, all this degeneration seems to link with anything that the incompetent British government lays its paws on, be it Tory or other (you're all the same). Government, just go away. . .

please. Warren Clift, Oregon, US AS AN ex-Londoner watching this whole PPP-Tube charade from Germany, I find it extraordinary that central government considers itself entitled to interfere in what is essentially a local matter. Tony Blair's Government has just created the office of London Mayor and the Greater London Authority.

Surely, then, they should have full confidence in the system they have just created and leave London matters to London's Mayor to decide.

Here in Germany, a city council would never be abolished because central government didn't like its political colour (as with Thatcher vs the GLC) - local government over here is strong and respected. …

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