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LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused Boris Johnson of lying to the House of Commons after the Prime Minister told MPs his successor at City Hall had "effectively bankrupted" Transport for London (TfL).

PUBLISHED: 20:15, Wed, Oct 21, 2020 | UPDATED: 20:15, Wed, Oct 21, 2020

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A bitter blame-game broke out when Mr Khan condemned the Government for "ill-advised and draconian" plans for TfL in return for a second multi-billion pound bailout. The Mayor said ministers want TfL to expand the £15 Congestion Charge Zone to the North and South Circular roads in 12 months' time, which would see the zone cover around four million more Londoners.

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The current Mayor of London had effectively bankrupted TfL before coronavirus had even hit

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But Mr Johnson blamed Mr Khan for the price hikes and insisted any proposals to increase travel charges for Londoners were "entirely the responsibility" of the mayor.

The Government was also said to want to increase TfL fares by well above the inflation rate and remove free travel for under-18s.

Mr Johnson told the Commons: "The current Mayor of London had effectively bankrupted TfL before coronavirus had even hit and left a massive black hole in its finances.

"Any need to make up that deficit is entirely down to him, it is entirely his responsibility.

"Any expansion of the congestion charge or any other measure taken to improve the finances of TfL are entirely the responsibility of the bankrupt current Labour Mayor of London."

Sadiq Khan Boris JohnsonSadiq Khan has accused Boris Johnson of lying to MPs (Image: PA)

A furious Mr Khan responded by claiming the Prime Minister had misled Parliament.

The Mayor, who succeeded Mr Johnson in the position in May 2016, said: "The Prime Minister has lied to the House of Commons.

"Before COVID I was fixing his mess at TfL- reducing the deficit by 71 percent since 2016.

"COVID-19 is the sole cause of TfL's challenges."

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Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson told the Common Sadiq Khan had 'effectively bankrupted TfL' (Image: PA)

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