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Old 02-06-2008, 11:12 AM
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He's appointed a black deputy Mayor. But apparently he's racist and will deport all the immigrants in London within a year, so this can't be true.
It's called tokenism. Look it up in the dictionary.
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I was wondering how long it'd take for you to come out with something like that.
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As if it will really have more then the most micoscopic of impacts, apart from curtailing freedom of choice
Freedom of choice ?
Come on now, don't be silly. Every law limits choice.
Don't shred your credibility, you/we might need it on the foreign affairs threads.
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We enjoyed having some drinks on the tube on New Years Eve just gone. I don't suppose the new law/rule would have made any difference unless there happened to be a policeman in our carriage at the time.

Are there gangs of marauding drunks causing havoc on the tube network or something? If there are they should just arrest them under the existing laws that would cover it.

No, it is clearly a cheap quick and easy bit of rubbish to make it look like Boris is actually doing something other than going on sailing holidays.
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Freedom of choice ?
Come on now, don't be silly. Every law limits choice.
Don't shred your credibility, you/we might need it on the foreign affairs threads.
however many laws, if not most, have more credibility then this ban, which even its promoters admit will have very little if any effect on the issue of travellers being harrassed by drunken fellow passengers.
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Dear Boris,

1. Writing this a couple of weeks after his election, it is gratifying to see that you will probably do the first, which is to keep Peter Hendy as Commissioner for Transport. Hendy might have sent a couple of slightly incautious emails but he was not part of the ghastly Ken clique and is an extremely capable and personable transport man.

2. Do everything, too, to ensure that Tim OíToole stays at the helm of London Underground. He has almost legendary status among his staff and he has proved adept at handling everything fromd day to day operations to terrorist outrages and terrible industrial relations.

3. While on the subject of industrial relations, abandon plans to get a no-strike deal which will just provoke the unions into a series of strikes and make them look like the victims. No point going there, Boris. On the other hand, be prepared to face off threats from Bob Crow and his mates. It may take a day or two of strikes, but it will be worth it.

4. Your biggest task: renegotiate the failed Metronet contract with extreme care. This is probably the issue on which your whole administration could founder. Do not be ideological about what needs to be kept in-house and what should be outsourced. Be firm with Gordon Brown Ė it may simply not be possible to reinstate the risk required to keep the deal off his balance sheet. Thatís his problem.

5. Abandon plans, too, for bringing back the routemaster. Keep bendy buses on the main arteries into London where they perform a very valuable function as a kind of trams on tyres. They are much more popular than you think. But also try to develop a double decker version, with few seats and lots of standing room on the ground floor and seating on top, with three doors for entry and exit.

6. Keep the congestion charge as it is, including the western zone which, frankly, has not caused much bother. But examine, too, the possibility of a wider London-wide system with a more sophisticated monitoring system that will allow variable pricing. The congestion charge will be looking pretty old hat by 2012.

7. As you have announced, keep on rolling out Oyster pay as you go and donít allow the train operators to hold you to ransom on this. Ultimately it will benefit them as well.

8. Keep in mind, too, the idea of expanding the London Overground system which makes logistical sense so that eventually London local government would control the suburban train service.

9. Close off Oxford Street from Tottenham Court Road to Marble Arch, to all traffic, whatever Hendy and the Taxi Drivers Association have to say and then commission a free cheap tram system with open seats to operate as a shuttle. That will transform the economy and atmosphere of the West End.

10. Donít even think of tinkering around with the traffic lights to try to give cars more time to get through London. They will only get stuck at the next lights.

11.Finally, on bikes, implement a plan that begins to reallocate road capacity from cars to bikes. That will take more than just a few lousy cycle routes. It will take a concerted plan to ease cars out of central London. Go cycle down Tavistock Place, where there is Londonís best segregated cycle route, at 8 30am and see the flows of cyclists along it to see what could be done, with a bit of courage, throughout the capital.

12. Oh, and scrap the plan for the East London river crossing which will give you lots of capital to spend on cycle paths and getting rid of gyratory systems.

And finally Boris, pray for a bit of good luck Ė no terrorist outrage, no collapse of the Blackwall tunnel, no major breakdown on the tube, and no meltdown of the Tube Lines contract.
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Good spot diminutive 'thew.

An excellent set of suggestions. Chances of Boris following them?
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Good spot diminutive 'thew.

An excellent set of suggestions. Chances of Boris following them?
Well epinephrine jack, these are my thoughts:

1 & 2: Yes, they know how to run a tight ship, he'll keep them, though they may walk if he winds them up too much.

3: Yes. The no-strike suggestion will be quietly dropped. There's no chance of getting Crow and the like to agree anyway.

4: Don't know enough about the contracting to call this one, but if it results a multitude of external contractors working on the tube, it will end in disaster one way or another.

5: Yes. The 'son-of-routemaster' plan will not come to anything, his ideas are pie in the sky.

6: Yes. Any plans to drop or scale back the congestion charge will be vetoed by Cameron.

7: Yes. Osyter pay as you go is a must for national rail in London and only a few train companies are still causing problems.

8: Yes. London Overground should grow and it's a relatively cheap thing for TfL to do. They are already doing better than Silverlink did on the North London Line. A vote-winner.

9: No. Great idea but risking the ire of cabbies and the cost of implementing a tram service will put Boris off. Only achieveable if the retailers pay a large chunk of the costs.

10. No. Exactly the sort of thing he'd try.

11. Don't know. Boris is a cyclist himself, but would he be willing to piss off drivers by re-prioritising central London arteries to encourage cycling?

12. Don't know. It's a big scheme with high costs, but the Tories love building roads.
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When is Boris going to stand down as an MP?
Resignation handed in. Interestingly Ken "double dipped" from the public purse for over a year when he became Mayor - shame on him!
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Aston Martin designs Routemaster

The Aston Martin-Foster design has solar panels
Sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is joint winner of a competition to design a new Routemaster bus for London.

The Warwickshire-based firm's winning entry was a team effort with leading architects Foster and Partners.

They share the £25,000 first prize with bus, coach and truck design firm Capoco Design, based in Wiltshire.

A Transport for London spokesman said the first of the greener and more accessible, hop-on hop-off, double-deckers could be in service by 2011.

The original Routemasters were phased out from regular service by the end of 2005 as they were inaccessible to wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Tendering process

The competition, in which children were also invited to take part, attracted about 700 entries.

The winning designs will now be passed on to bus manufacturers, following a competitive tendering process, to develop into a final proposed design.

The Aston Martin-Foster bus design envisages a highly-manoeuvrable, zero-emissions vehicle, with solar panels built into a glass roof, full accessibility, warm lighting and wooden floors.

The Capoco design combines what the company describes as "the best of the old with the best of the new".


The Capoco Design retains the Routemaster-style front engine

It has a low flat floor to allow easy access and will be low emission, but will also retain the Routemaster-style front engine and open rear platform.

The youngest winners were nine-year-olds Thomas Staricoff, from Brighton, and Olivia Carrier, from north-west London, who received £200 worth of bicycle vouchers for their drawings of what a new bus should look like.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "We have had a phenomenal response, with ideas submitted from around the globe, and we now have, in our joint winners, two stunning designs that allow us to go forward and produce a truly iconic bus fit for 21st Century London."

But Labour's transport spokesperson on the London Assembly, Val Shawcross, said: "The design competition may have been fun and the winning designs are extremely impressive, but this is not a serious way to make policy and not a worthwhile use of public money.

"I have yet to hear one convincing argument for why London needs a new double-decker bus and until Boris comes up with some, Londoners will see this as little more than a vanity project."
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Somehow an Aston Martin bus just doesn't sound right, although a Routemaster doing 0-60 in 5 seconds would be brilliant.
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I like the idea of a CC account, should stop fines caused by forgetfulness.



The gaffe-prone Tory said he had been "done by my own system" after forgetting to pay the £8 fee for driving into central London.

Johnson, 44, admitted he had been stung with a £60 fine for failing to cough up within two days and said his experience highlighted the need for an "account-based" charging system.

The revelation came in response to a question from a listener during a radio phone-in.

The former Henley MP was reminded about a promise he had made about increasing the time period allowed for paying the charge to a month.

Speaking on Vanessa Feltz's BBC London show, Johnson said: "You are absolutely right, I did say that. I had totally forgotten that."

He said he was a "victim of this wretched system only the other day" when he drove to light the Hanukkah Menorah in a ceremony at Trafalgar Square on December 22.

Johnson, who often rides his bicycle around the capital, added: "I forgot to pay and then 'bing', I got the £60 fine which I have just coughed up."

He said a new "account-based system" would be introduced when new technology becomes available.

"That would get away from the crazy system whereby you suddenly get clobbered by these fines," he said.

In November, Mr Johnson announced that the western extension of the London congestion charge area would be scrapped.

The Mayor said he would take the necessary legal steps to axe the extension, which includes areas such as Kensington and Chelsea, but the earliest it could be removed is spring 2010.

The congestion charge, originally covering just central London, was introduced in February 2003, with the western extension added in February 2007.

The charge for cars entering the zone was originally £5 but rose to £8 in July 2005.

Motorists who forget to pay on the day of travelling into the zone can get away with a £10 charge, as long as they settle up by the end of the next day.

After this, they are issued a £120 fine, which is reduced to £60 if it is paid within 14 days.

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a cc account would be sensible, what is not so clever is the claim that it requires any type of new technology.
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a cc account would be sensible, what is not so clever is the claim that it requires any type of new technology.

Spot on. It has been something I have been boring about for ages. Scummy Ken's excuse for not doing it was some pisspoor bleating about date protection but they could implement a system very quickly.

Personally I think that there are issues because if it where put in place then the amount of fines dished out what drop significantly and that the system needs fines to justify it.

The whole thing really just needs to be scrapped.
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