A New Toy For The Mayot
News broke during the week of the latest spiffing idea from Mr Khan, Mayor of London (pictured having his idea, below).
... Mayor Khan is making a spectacular proposal for London Buses.
Only it isn't.
You might suppose that his Mayorship, about to introduce even more restrictions on travel in the City in the form of his expanded ULEZ, (Is your ulez expanded missus; oooh you should go to the doctor to avoid complications!), would try something good.
The existing ULEZ is shown in light blue on the map below.
So, faced with the opprobrium of most of London's vehicle owners, Mr Khan has had his dynamic bus idea.
It doesn't look very good at all.
Journalists have been quick to explain the scheme to their readers. One suggested it would be just like Paris.
Paris used to have a 'Petite Ceinture" ("small belt') rail line running right round the city.ORANGE) and 3b (GREEN) ..
Is this what Mt Khan has in mind? In your dreams, Londoners!
Here is Mayor Khans cunning plan!
The DARK BLUE line does not loop anywhere. It is the current 607 so-called Express service ...RED line is the X68 tunning peak hours (Monday to Friday only) between Russell Square and Croydon.
And then there are three buses and a swim from Edmonton to Sidcup
DARK GREY) route. This simply does not exist. If it ever arrives it will use the new Silvertown Tunnel ...
It is being promoted by Transport for London and will be delivered through a design, build, finance and maintain contract by the Riverlinx consortium. The tunnel is intended to reduce congestion through the Blackwall Tunnel and both tunnels will be tolled when it opens in 2025.
The new route is (provisionally) numbered X239. There have been several 239s (sans X) over the years ...
The only reason 607, X68 and X239 (proposed) apper on this map is that they are limited stop routes. But they are absolutely nothing to do with the super Superloop loop-with-a-big-and-partly-wet-gap.and ne'er the twain shall meet!
fbb intends to look more closely at the "Loop" proposals in due course - but, for now, the stabbed eyeballs have had enough for the day (i.e. yesterday).
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