The One London Party, which currently has 2 members on the London Assembly and is seeking re-election in next month’s elections, has attacked a recent manifesto promise by Ken Livingstone to slash the speed limit on most London roads to 20 mph.
Earlier this month Mr Livingstone “there are few more important issues for our local neighbourhoods than having safer streets, which is why I want to see 20mph become the standard speed limit on all of London’s residential streets. If I am re-elected I will work with London ‘s boroughs to achieve this.”
One London leader Damian Hockney accused the Mayor of liking “to pose as anti-congestion because of the congestion charge, but he has actually increased congestion outside the zone.”
Hockney said Mr Livingstone “has rephased traffic lights to make motorists wait longer, whether there are pedestrians crossing or not. He has withheld funding from councils who wanted to free up traffic by removing speed humps. The c-charge itself has created congested ‘rat runs’ in the roads outside the zone. Now he wants to slow down traffic even further by cutting the speed limit by a third.”
Seeking to appeal to the motorist lobby Mr Hockney said “now that the Conservatives have abandoned their traditional defence of the motorist and have joined the green bandwagon, London’s drivers have only one mainstream party prepared to defend their interests – the One London Party.”
“We are the only party that completely opposes the principle of road pricing and congestion charging, as well as a 20 mph limit. These things damage business, hit the worst-off hardest, and do nothing to ease London’s traffic problems.”