TfL flushing fare revenues down the toilet

Conservatives on the London Assembly have called on Transport for London (TfL) to explain newly revealed figures that show TfL spend more than £1 million-a-year on refreshments, including an estimated £400,000 on Mineral water.

They are furious that at a time when Londoners are being asked to pay inflation-busting fare increases and a 60% increase in the congestion charge, the Mayor's transport authority is spending so much on tea, coffee and water.

But what is most alarming is TfL's claim that they are obliged to provide Mineral Water under Health and Safety regulations. The Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 states that: “an adequate supply of wholesome drinking water shall be provided for all persons at work in the workplace”.

Conservatives have asked: "What is wrong with London's tap water?"

Conservative transport spokesman and Chairman of the London Assembly Transport Committee, Roger Evans said:

"TfL repeatedly claim they need more money to improve London's transport system. The result - they give Londoners inflation-busting fare rises and a 60% increase in the congestion charge. But instead of spending it on transport improvements, we now know they are literally drinking - and then flushing - our hard earned money down the toilet.

On TfL's claim that they have to serve 'Mineral Water' for Health and Safety reasons, Mr Evans added:

"I am not quite sure what logic led TfL to decide an 'adequate supply of wholesome drinking water' justifies drinking £400,000 worth of Mineral water. What is wrong with London's tap water? Perhaps TfL think they are too good for it. Based on their record, I don't think many Londoners would agree."


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