Boris' First Week on the Job

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Boris Johnson officially took over the job of Mayor yesterday morning - so much for his bank holiday break - and now has to set about the job of moulding the administration about his image and implementing his manifesto promises.

Both the BBC and Telegraph have good summaries of the priority decisions which he is currently making, focussing especially on cutting crime on the transport network, reviewing the congestion charge and implementing a 'son-of-Routemaster' bus.

Whilst this goes on, Mr Johnson faces his first major test with the news that one in five Tube drivers have been judged unsafe. How he reacts to this news will be a good measure of what approach he intends to take to towards transport related incidents in the future.

In terms of the administration of transport in the capital, this article in the Guardian suggests that Mr Johnson plans to keep Peter Hendy, Commissioner of TfL, and Tim O'Toole, MD of London Underground, in post. This is a good short term move, ensuring continuity in London's transport network whilst team Johnson set about implementing their plans. Mr Hendy and O'Toole's ability to deliver manifesto pledges will likely seal their jobs in the short term.

Finally, Transport Briefing carries a typically excellent article highlighting the other transport-related tasks facing Mr Johnson:

Short-term transport improvements are expected to include an increase in the number of police patrolling buses. Johnson has pledged to double the number of officers on buses as well as recruiting additional British Transport Police for railway stations. Other plans include providing £2m for safe bicycle parking and working with boroughs to improve existing cycle and walking routes...

...another manifesto pledge which is likely to prove tricky to deliver is a no-strike deal with London Underground train drivers. Meanwhile, the upgrade of most of London's Tube lines is set to be added to the new Mayor's remit when the responsibilities of failed infraco Metronet are transferred to Transport for London, a development expected within days.

LondonUnlocked will continue to track the delivery of Mr Johnson's pledges and keep you updated on his progress here.