BORIS JOhnSOn was today facing a growing rebellion from members of his own party after he admitted scrapping the western extension of the congestion charge zone could be delayed for up to a year. Tories across London called for the Mayor to get his hands on the tiller of Transport for London. Both Conservative Assembly members and leaders of Tory-run boroughs said the delay would cause unnecessary suffering for businesses and residents. Mr Johnson made the admission yesterday on his Twitter site after his transport director, Kulveer Ranger, said TfL was operating in tough economic times caused by the collapse of Metronet and a fall in those using the Tube. The extension brings in between 55m and 70m but last november Mr Johnson announced it would be scrapped after listening to public opinion. At the time he said it would go by 2010 and hopefully before, but he can now only guarantee it will be removed by the end of next year. Tory Assembly member and Kensington and Chelsea coun- cillor Victoria Borwick said: For heavens sake, why does it take so long to turn off some cameras? he needs to get his hands on the tiller of TfL just like he has with the Met. The Mayor sought to reas- sure supporters in an email sent to 5,000 activists across London yesterday. Referring to the zone as an ex-zone in reference to the Monty Python dead parrot scene, he wrote: To make it absolutely crystal clear, we will be removing the western extension next year. We have to jump through a number of tedious bureaucratic hoops before the axe can fall, but fall it will. by mark blunden TORY BACKLASH OVER DELAY IN SCRAPPING WEST EXTENSION TRADERS today hit out at Boris Johnsons decision to delay the scrapping of the western extension of the congestion charge zone. Retailers in Portobello Road, who have seen business plummet since the extension was introduced, accused the Mayor of betraying his election pledge. Chloe Alberry, who runs a door handle shop, said: I voted for Boris because of the congestion charge so this turnaround is a shock. I think recession is a diabolical reason because the charge does anything but encourage business. Peter Cain, who owns a fruit and vegetable market stall, said: Boris Johnson came and spoke to me here and told me he was going to remove the extension. But like most politicians they promise something and go back on their word. UPGRADE works on the Jubilee line are running late and its contractor admitted it will miss a December deadline for completing the revamp. The admission by Tube Lines, working under a public-private partnership, comes as London Underground requested a re-assessment of its funding. Tube Lines hopes the new signalling system will be completed by January and claims LU has refused requests for line closures. Tube Lines chief executive Dean Finch said: We got about half the closures that we needed. 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