Monday, 10 March 2008

Mayoral transport manifestos

Ken Livingstone launched his transport manifesto today, and you can download the full PDF here or read the summary. Boris Johnson has as an equivalent full PDF and summary. I've not read them yet, so I'll leave the interpretation to you.

On a related note, starting next Tuesday electoral rules bar the Mayor from making any even slightly politically advantageous announcements, and they already mean he has to watch his step, so expect quiet on this front (and potentially this blog) for the next two months.

6 comments:

James said...

Interesting that Boris supports:

"in principle the need for an extra river crossing upstream from Tower
Bridge to ease congestion and aid economic growth."

UPSTREAM? Will he be demolising City Hall and the Tower to build the approach roads?

James said...

Good to see he also wants "to see air-conditioning on new trains on the sub-surface lines, like the Hammersmith
& City Line, Circle Line, Metropolitan Line and District Line."

That should be quite easy as they are allready being built!

"I will order TfL to reinvestigate
getting air-conditioning on the deep lines,"

I'm not sure that investigating this again will come up with a different answer than on every previous occasion.

He wants later opening on the tube at weekend and a no-strike deal... He must have an amazing rapport with the Unions if that will be possible...

Live Bus Mapping & Express Buses might be of use, but most of his other suggestions are allready being done/wrong/currently impossible.

Nothing in here gives me any reason to changing my opinon that Boris will be a disaster for TfL...

Anonymous said...

Page 8 of Kenneth's document perhaps explains the 'call' option on an extra seven EMUs amongst the recently-placed order from Bombardier:

"We will transform the standards and frequency of...the Euston to Watford DC lines...Improvements to these services during the next four years will include...Service frequencies will be doubled."

It just so happens that this requires an extra seven trains to move from the present twenty-minute interval to a ten-minte interval.

Wonder if he's told the folk at RfL this yet?

The Londoneer said...

I went to the "Cooling the Tube" talk at the Building Centre last night - there's going to be aircon on 800 carriages on the subsurface lines by 2009. Putting aircon on deep level lines would just dump air back into the system and, we were advised, could be positively dangerous on a train that had stalled in a tunnel (where's the heat going to go...?). You're a prat Boris

Dazz285 said...

"We will transform the standards and frequency of...the Euston to Watford DC lines...Improvements to these services during the next four years will include...Service frequencies will be doubled." Says the Mayor...
That should be fun triny to squeeze more trains in between Queens Park & Harrow & Wealdstone. The Bakerloo trains get priority over the Overground trains as it is and there is only a 5 min gap either side of the Overground service and if the Bakerloo trains run late this causes a knock on effect to the Overground. Best thing to do would be stop the Bakerloo at Queens Park and free up more space for the Overground trains...

Trances said...

Seems the Thames gateway bridge has got a mention again.