Following the launch of his Way to Go document, Boris Johnson has stuck by the removal of some key schemes from his transport plan as financially necessary. Perhaps now this is no longer the case? From Building.co.uk:
London mayor has met Blears to discuss schemes she believes are vital to the regeneration of Thames Gateway...
...Joe Montgomery, director general of regions and communities at the communities department, said that Blears and Johnson had met this week and agreed on the need for both the projects and were working together on a way to fund them. He said: "We all have an interest in the development of East London and beyond, and both the mayor and TfL are alive to the nature of opportunities on the schemes. But we can't promise anything at this time."
This development will be worth watching with interest. If the Mayor can wring extra cash from Government to pay for such schemes it will be a sign that relations between City Hall and Whitehall are thawing.