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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Mayor challenges transport bosses
Ken Livingstone
Improving public transport is Livingstone's prioirty
London Mayor Ken Livingstone, is preparing to re-advertise the jobs of senior managers in charge of the capital's buses, tram and river services.

Salaries of more than 100,000 are being offered in the advertisement being published this weekend.

The existing managers will have to re-apply for their jobs.

Bus
Mr Livingstone has attacked the "lack of government investment"
Mr Livingstone says he is looking for people who will treat the public like customers, not cattle.

The move does not affect executives at London Underground, which remains outside Mr Livingstone's control until the government has completed its plans for a public-private partnership.

The single most important priority for the mayor and Greater London Authority is to solve the crisis of London's transport system, the mayor has said.

Priority

He wants to introduce an integrated system of public transport and make tube, buses and rail lines safe, comfortable and fast.

In his manifesto Mr Livingstone promised to stand up for London on transport issues.

"Improvements will require more resources from central government," he said.

"The practice of central government taking billions of pounds from London every year in taxes but starving the capital's transport system of investment, must stop.

"London needs a mayor who will stand up for London."

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