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Chairman meow


So London Assembly chairman Brian Coleman thinks highway engineers habitually slant reports to suit political wishes and have lost touch with the public (NCE last week).

The London boroughs are subject to the many mandatory requirements of the mayor's transport strategy. The mayor also funds several million pounds worth of schemes covering areas such as safer routes to school, bus stop accessibility, safety, principal road maintenance and walking improvements, to name a few.

We do lack the legislation giving priority to pedestrians but many of us in London are trying technology such as vehicle actuated signs to reduce accidents, without having to resort to road humps.

However, given the lack of funding from many London boroughs we are really left with sticking things in the road to slow people down because drivers as a group just will not take responsibility for how they act.

We are trying to do our job with little local funding, have to satisfy residents' concerns and pander to the whims of local councillors who refuse to enter into a constructive debate with engineers.

My department is fanatical about presenting all the facts and the predicted outcomes of decisions or recommendations.

Of course, our political masters have the final say and they do have difficult decisions, but they need to listen as well.

Perhaps Mr Coleman should visit the boroughs for a chat.

Mark Philpotts (M), Mark. philpotts@ntlworld. co m

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