The government’s decision means more people will be exposed to disruptive noise and air pollution. The cost of worsened quality of life, disturbed school lessons and increased respiratory illness will be felt by communities in Newham and other nearby London boroughs.
Perhaps it’s because Sadiq last month claimed Boris had left behind “a record that is mediocre at best” on clean energy that he felt reluctant to admit that all he’s doing is announcing the latest regulatory step in a process his predecessor started?
Whilst on the face of it bringing in new managerial control on the southern rail network sounds like a good thing, there would remain a danger that Sadiq Khan’s proposal would backfire and cause more harm than good.
Over the weekend freshly installed PM Theresa May suddenly decided interaction between Westminster and the Mayor could be improved by appointing a Minister for London