Khan responds: “Stations should only close when TfL consider it absolutely necessary.
“Tfl should not close the station without careful thought and consideration on how to minimise the impact on customer journeys.
“As a result of your question, I’ve looked into this specific matter.
“The process with Lancaster Gate took longer than it should.
“I therefore apologise on behalf of myself and TfL to customers who use the station for the late notification.
“I recognise how important it is for customers to be informed on works at the earliest opportunity.
“The notice provided was simply not good enough and must not be repeated.”
He adds a bridge like structure needs to be added into the station and therefore the ticket hall had to be closed, without any other alternative
Question: What are the Mayor's views on Westminster City Council's purchase of flats within Hounslow borough?
Khan says the twenty-four flats which have been bought by Westminster council in Hounslow will be used for those on the waiting list on Westminster council housing, not homeless.
The question, raised by AM Tom Copley, is a controversial topic in west London, with Khan saying “outer London boroughs councils are concerned that inner London boroughs will do this because it’s cheaper.”
He adds: “I would encourage councils to meet demands in their own borough where possible” and also says it’s crucial for London councils involved to “have an ongoing dialogue” with one another.
Khan says he appreciates the difficulties council have in housing people in their boroughs due to the crisis the capital faces.
I’m aware that many boroughs face a huge obligation to house their growing numbers of families who are homeless. The upshot is that many councils are forced to make a use of a combination in other areas, sometimes outside London.
AM Copley says crucial issue here was that Hounslow council were not pleased with the short notice they were given about the decision, with Westminster “not engaging with them in what they were doing”.
Question: "How will Outer London's cycling infrastructure benefit from your budget for cycling?"
AM Navin Shah, who has always questioned the Mayor on outer boroughs issues, asks how the cycling infrastructure will benefit those increasingly living outside of zones 1 and 2 in London.
He responds: “Tfl’s business plan will double cycling investment of £771 million to deliver healthy streets across London.
The Mayor replies: “The safety of Londoners is my highest priority, we are returning to real neighbourhood policing by the end of 2017 as promised in my manifesto.
“Their local knowledge are essential to keeping our companies safe.”
“He continues for those wards, I’m going to go further - additional police officers will be distributed based on demand and after discussions with stakeholders.”
The Mayor adds there won’t be any extra for west London, and resources will go to Redbridge and Camden.
He also says they will remain in their wards apart from times such as New Year’s Eve and Notting Hill Carnival.
Mayor "does not have team ready" if rail devolution goes ahead
Sadiq Khan said a team of people is ready to go in order to take over Southern Rail if the government does devolve services to the Mayor’s Office - which is immediately disputed by AM Gareth Bacon, who said he “does not have a top team of experts ready to go” and accuses Khan of “grandstanding”.
London Assembly members on Tuesday December 7 urged the cabinet to rethink the decision, claiming it did not put train passengers first.
It comes as a new poll has revealed that 14% of passengers across London and the wider commuter belt backed Mr Grayling over this decision to keep London commuter lines in control of train operating companies.
'Do you want to be the Labour Party leader?' Khan asked
The Mayor was asked if he wanted to be Labour Party leader - City Hall bursts into laughter.
He replies: “I do not want to be leader of the Labour Party, why would I want to do that when I have the best job, Mayor of London?”
Cue cheers from Assembly Members, with one replying, “it’s not even a vacancy”.
Question: Would the Mayor ban petrol cars in London?
AM Shaun Bailey asks the Mayor if he would “ban all petrol cars”, as Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is exploring at the moment.
He immediately replied that he doesn’t agree with the policy but is looking at some ambitious plans for air pollution already.
GLA Conservatives saying Khan "rattled" by tube strikes question
Not everyone is pleased with the answer the Mayor gave where tube strike were concerned.
City Hall’s Conservative Party said the Mayor was “rattled” by AM Prince’s question - and they’ve made it clear it’s not good enough a reply for them.
Question: What will your new walking and cycling commissioner achieve in first 100 days?
The Mayor has appointed the first ever Walking and Cycling commissioner in order to get Londoners fitter.
AM Caroline Russell asked what Will Norman will achieve in his first 100 days.
The Mayor has previously said he will “work closely with the Mayor in helping deliver his pledge to get more Londoners active by making cycling and walking safer and easier in the capital”.
Today at City Hall, he said, “I’m confident we can reset relations with key stakeholders and as an immediate priority he will identify challenges on how these streets’ vision can be achieved.”
AM Russell said people have really good ideas about how they can get around without cars and Norman should go out and speak to commuters about their vision.
Khan replied saying it’s also important and that Zone 1 isn’t the only priority - and all of this ties in with air quality.
Question: Khan has recently boasted of 92% fewer days lost to strike action under his Mayoralty, is this still correct?
Assembly Member (AM) Keith Prince, with the first question, quickly raised whether Khan was still proud of his record given the recent strike action.
Londoners faced horrific journeys to and from work in January strikes
Khan said he is suffering from a “toxic hangover of Boris Johnson’s Mayoralty”.
“I will reduce the number of strike action,” he added.
But Prince retaliated: “Do you feel you owe Londoners an apology for breaking your apology for saying there will be zero strikes?”
The Mayor continued to raise Boris Johnson’s “terrible” record, before adding that they “must resolve differences around the table” and industrial relations need to be worked on to solve the issue.
Live from City Hall for the first Mayor's Question Time
Good Morning readers, it’s Amita Joshi here reporting live from City Hall as we wait for Sadiq Khan to deliver his regular report before we kick off with the first 2017 questions which London Assembly Members will put forward to the Mayors.
Stay tuned whilst we bring you the latest west London related news, with a focus on Hounslow housing, tube strikes and terror attack preparation from the crime and policing unit.