Two Transport for London bosses have rejected their bonuses after last year's Croydon tram crash

 
Rebecca Smith
On 9 November last year a tram derailed in Sandilands
On 9 November last year a tram derailed in Sandilands (Source: Getty)

Senior bosses at Transport for London (TfL) have proposed to scrap their bonuses this year, in light of last year's Croydon tram derailment where seven people died and 51 others were injured.

TfL commissioner Mike Brown and surface transport managing director Leon Daniels will be proposing to the remuneration committee of the TfL board that it would be inappropriate to be considered for any performance-related pay this year, following the tragedy in November.

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The decision came alongside publication of the draft TfL annual report, which gives insight on the mayor's progress on cutting costs. Sadiq Khan pledged to trim a "flabby" TfL, through reducing management layers and cutting numbers in non-permanent labour.

There has been a reduction of £153m in day-to-day operating costs, as a result of the drive to cut spending.

The number of TfL employees (excluding Crossrail) earning a base salary over £100,000 per year, as of 31 March, was 153, down nearly a fifth from 188 for 2015/16. However, the number who received total remuneration of more than £100,000 per year, including severance payments and overtime, was 515, up from 402 last year.

TfL said that included 189 people who earned a total remuneration of more than £100,000 during the course of the financial year and had a base salary of £100,000 or more per year. Now, 39 have left TfL, the majority through the senior management exit programme.

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The transport body has also been making efforts to cut the number of agency workers it uses, and as of 31 March, there were 267 contractors earning more than £100,000, nearly halved from 517 in June last year.

Some though, have aired concerns that too extreme a temporary worker exodus could mean there will be a need to replace lost skills, which could delay projects.

Commissioner Mike Brown said:

We have taken money out of our major capital and IT programmes, merged functions, reduced management layers and reliance on expensive agency staff, and have taken, significant costs out of our day-to-day spend. This has resulted in a reduction of £153m in the cost of our day-to-day operations, which is the first time this has been achieved since TfL was formed in 2000.

A huge amount of progress has been made over the year to deliver the mayor's ambitious transport agenda and place our finances on a sustainable long-term footing.

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