UK politics brings a huge advantage and a huge disadvantage when it comes to Transport Policy. On one hand the easy way in which constituencies and councils can changer "colour" ensures that really crackpot extreme ideas will probably evaporate at the next election; on the other hand it also ensures that a coherent and radical transport policy will be unlikely to emerge because it will surely antagonise some of the electorate who are pinning their hopes on the party in power.
The bland leading the bland!
So how did last Thursday's trot to the polling stations affect some of the major bits of transport policy being promoted at local and national level.
A couple of DfT rottweilers now sit on the DfT board and the bail-out came with a requirement that some of the Mayor's financial profligacy would need to be curtailed.
This from a year ago:-
“The Government have forced ordinary Londoners to pay a very heavy price for doing the right thing on covid-19 by hiking TfL fares, temporarily suspending the Freedom Pass at busy times and loading TfL with debt that Londoners will pay for in the long run.”
Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said: “What has happened tonight in London is extraordinary. Sadiq Khan has been exposed as being such an incompetent mayor, that the government have had to take control of the TfL board and its finances as a condition of the bailout that he had to beg them for.
“As the upcoming review of TfL’s finances will show, the coronavirus highlighted existing structural flaws within TfL’s balance sheet – the primary cause was our profligate mayor.
“Once the virus recedes there will be a day of reckoning and Khan will be held to account. When he eventually decides to face the London assembly, he better be ready to explain why TfL’s finances were in such a sorry state.
“I have only one question for the mayor for now. Given you haven’t completed a single major infrastructure upgrade since you took office, where did all the money go?”
Talking Of Spending Money ...