Last Friday, we looked at Boris’ claim that:
“On the 20mph limit zone on the bridges, I’ll look at anything. I’m told, my advice is, from the traffic engineers that this would not be a good way forward.”
Transport for London revealed, in response to a Freedom of Information request, that no one had provided Boris with said advice.
Mayor’s office response
At that point, with a mind to not libelling the man, I was forced to assume that Boris had received this advice from elsewhere. It might not be traditional for the Mayor to keep off-the-books traffic engineers who provide convenient post-hoc justification to his policies, but I couldn’t see any other explanation.
The Mayor’s office has now responded to my Freedom of Information requests. I asked them for:
The job titles of any traffic engineers who advised the Mayor’s office that this report was not the best way forward.
And they have responded:
The Mayor’s office was not advised as to the findings of this report.
I think it is fair to say at this point that what the Mayor said was simply not true.
We know that Boris was given advice that 20mph over Blackfriars Bridge was not the best way forward.
Possibly he thought the Blackfriars Bridge advice referred to all bridges. Or possibly he just lied. Who knows?
Whether you infer confusion or calumny, neither provides an optimistic outlook for Londoners while Boris Johnson remains in charge of London’s transport decisions.