The Tory hopeful looking to oust Sadiq Khan from City Hall next year has thrown his weight behind an extension of Crossrail through Bexley and out to Ebbsfleet.
Shaun Bailey spoke yesterday outlining his policies on crime, housing and transport as election campaigns get under way.
Mr Bailey, who was selected as the Tory choice for mayor last autumn, has pledged to tackle waste at City Hall, to boost the police force and yesterday backed an extension of Crossrail.
The Conservative candidate was speaking off the back of a weekend trip to Bexley and Bromley, where he said people were concerned about surging levels of crime.
“Crime is talked about like it’s an inner London thing, but Bexley has had a massive rise in robberies on its high streets,” said Mr Bailey, a former parliamentary candidate for Lewisham West and Penge.
“Crime is spreading and has gone beyond its normal borders.
“I have a crime action plan which has a zero-tolerance approach. There is money now in City Hall that could deliver 1,800 extra police and 800 of those should be detectives so we are catching people and prosecuting them.”