TfL to be renamed Barclays London Transport
By Adam Bienkov
1 April 2011, 09:35
Transport for London is to be renamed Barclays London Transport Boris Johnson will announce later today.
As part of the £3 billion sponsorship deal the majority of London’s iconic red double deckers will be repainted Barclays blue.
A small number of red buses will be maintained on two special tourist routes through the West End.
London’s underground lines will also be renamed with the Northern Line called “The Golden Isa Line” and the Central Line renamed as the “Premier Life Account Line.”
Reports that Nelson’s Column will be renamed “Bob Diamond’s Column” were firmly dismissed by sources at City Hall.
In a separate development, The Mayor’s Fund for London is to be renamed “The Mayor’s Wonga for London” later this month.
Charities will be encouraged to apply for unlimited loans from City Hall at a typical APR of 58,638%.
A spokesperson for Barclays London Transport said today:
This landmark deal between the Mayor and the World’s Favourite Bank will enable us to complete the badly needed upgrades to London’s transport network and also to sell quality financial products at unbeatable rates.
Labour’s Mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone told reporters:
This is yet a further sign of the carnage that the Tory Mayor Boris Johnson is wreaking on London. Besides this was my idea first.