Johnson calls for “more pleasant” transport

Boris Johnson has said he will work with Transport for London (TfL) to make travelling on the capital’s transport system a “more pleasant” experience.

At a speech to council leaders and senior staff at the London Councils Summit, the mayor of London said he will look at ways to improve journeys.

His announcement came as he outlined plans to bring more “commonsense ideas” to improving life in London and follows his ban on drinking alcohol on public transport.

“I will be talking to Transport for London about what more TfL staff can do to help make the travelling experience of passengers more pleasant, particularly for disabled passengers and mums,” the mayor of London said.

He will also consult on shops, restaurants and bars opening up their public toilet facilities to older Londoners in possession of a freedom pass and for boroughs to think of ways their staff can do more to help local residents.

This could include parking enforcement officers being asked to be “the eyes and ears of police”.

“Solving the little problems can make a huge difference,” Mr Johnson said.

“I believe that the cumulative effect of these small victories for common sense, community and compassion will be to lift some of the burdens of living in London and go a long way to improving the quality of life in the capital.”