Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP says new mayor is already tackling the borough’s problems

News Desk (26 May, 2016) Columnists

Coyle praises Sadiq for getting on with Night Tube and Ultra-Low Emissions Zone plans

2163MP Neil Coyle

It’s been great to see new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, get to grips with some of the issues local people have raised with me since I was elected last May, writes Neil Coyle MP

He’s been in a few weeks and is off to a flying start.

Sadiq is looking to bring forward the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone to help tackle illegal air pollution levels in London which the former Mayor ignored. Air pollution at the Elephant and Castle is the worst in south London and people living near and using the Rotherhithe Tunnel and Jamaica Road also suffer badly. Sadiq is literally a breath of fresh air!

He also backs a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf. I met with Sustrans on their viability study and am happy to help progress the plans. I’m glad to be working with the Labour Mayor, councillors and other supporters in SE16 of this much needed bridge and look forward to seeing it span the Thames.

Local commuters stand to benefit from Sadiq’s early delivery of night tubes from August. Many could save hundreds of pounds under the new ‘hopper’ bus fare from September; a ticket for a whole hour even if more than one bus is used. It’s great to see the new Mayor’s energy delivering for our community.

Speaking of energy, it’s been great to welcome local schools to Parliament including English Martyrs, Octavia House, Tower Bridge Road Primary and Southwark Park Primary. Local children always bring bundles of energy and questions and deserve the best opportunities living at the heart of London.

Their future opportunities are at stake in the EU referendum. I’ll be campaigning for us to remain in. Our economy, employment levels, environment and security all benefit from membership. It’s also vital we remain in the EU to keep the UK united; a vote to leave could cause Scotland to leave the UK. Patriots must fight for the UK as well as the EU and vote to stay in.

It’s been a year since the general election. I’ve been in contact with over 16,000 local people. It’s great to help where possible and I enjoy my meetings across the constituency. Join me to raise any issue on Friday 3rd June at Canada Water Library, 4-6pm. If you’d like to attend, or to raise any issues or concerns, please email: Neil.Coyle.MP@parliament.uk or call: 020 7219 8733.

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