Last month TfL released to me figures showing that the monthly average spend on track maintenance and replacement during Boris Johnson’s last two years at City Hall was £17.1m, versus an actual and projected £11.1m average in the first 2 years of current Mayor Sadiq Khan.
For someone who promised to be the most pro business Mayor of London ever, Sadiq Khan’s credentials have taken a huge knock with TfL’s outright ban on Uber following their decision not to renew Uber’s licence at the end of this month.
Transport for London’s decision not to re-licence Uber has, predictably, provoked a lot of noise from the firm’s supporters and detractors, but both groups probably need to calm down.
Friday’s Guardian piece on Boris Johnson’s vanity projects has caused a bit of eyebrow raising in some corners, not least over the inclusion of the capital’s bike hire scheme in what is presented as a roll call of waste and failure.
The service will be a by-product of a Home Office decision to axe the current Airwave system used by the UK’s 999 services and award EE a contract to build a 4G-based replacement.