Boris Johnson Analysed


Two pieces from today's newspapers stand out as good examinations of Boris Johnson's transport policies.

Firstly, in the Guardian, Dave Hill examines the wider implications of a Johnson victory, and assesses his work on transport so far:

Yesterday he launched his transport manifesto, a vital test of his credibility.... The policies themselves are notable mainly for their modesty or their commonsense practicality, depending on your point of view.

Meanwhile in the Evening Standard, Prof Tony Travers of the Greater London Group of the LSE writes a typically incisive piece about the implications of Mr Johnson's manifesto:

Either by explicit commitment or by implication, Johnson would leave virtually all of Livingstone's policies in place. Apart from the flow of traffic at Blackwall Tunnel, traffic-light re-phasing, new ways to pay the congestion charge, some orbital bus routes and a new system of real-time bus mapping, there is little in the Conservative manifesto that will not appear in Labour's. Continuity would be the most visible consequence of a change from Livingstone to Johnson.

Professor Travers argues that Johnson needs to be more radical in his approach:

Last week, Livingstone promised a tram along Oxford Street. Boris Johnson has also signed up to it. Such a project would be good but the capital needs far more of this kind of innovation - with more suburban tram schemes, too.

This is exactly the form of innovation which LondonUnlocked has been arguing for, and which we hope the new Mayor will undertake, whomever he or she may be.