Labour’s London Assembly group has slammed Tory mayor Boris Johnson for: “Incoherence, a lack of vision and criminal transport cuts in the poorest parts of London.”
The group have published a dossier, listing the failings they see in London’s Mayor one year since his election.
According to Labour’s leader on the London Assembly, Len Duvall: “We’ve have had a year of cherries and icing but not much cake underneath. Warm words, endless press releases and a long list of aspirations have not been backed up by effective, thoughtful policies. Sooner or later Boris will need to show some leadership and come up with a coherent vision of how he wants London to look come 2012.
“Londoners need a Mayor who will fight their corner at every opportunity, who isn’t afraid of taking tough decisions and who won’t take no for an answer. Boris comes across as a nice guy and makes us all laugh but, if he wants to make a real impact on the city he was elected to serve, he will have start treading on some toes. He needs to learn that a Mayor of London can’t be loved by all of the people all of the time.”
The dossier is tougher, saying: “Boris Johnson’s first year as Mayor has been marked by incoherence, a lack of vision and criminal transport cuts in the poorest parts of London.”
They say Boris has not kept 27 election pledges. Commenting on his transport record, Labour’s transport spokesperson Val Shawcross, said: “The Mayor’s utter lack of commitment to public transport, to encouraging people out of their cars and to investing in London’s future have been vividly exposed. It seems that poorer areas of London and the outer boroughs in most need of public transport links just do not feature in the Mayor’s vision”
Cuts to a series of transport projects came in for particular scrutiny, particularl the proposed Thames Gateway Bridge.
“The Thames Gateway Bridge would have: slashed cross-river journey times, kick-started regeneration in the area, created the potential for 42,000 new jobs, and would have been only the fourth road crossing east of Tower Bridge, compared to the sixteen between Vauxhall and the M25 in the west.
“The £350m of PFI credits for the Thames Gateway Bridge cannot simply be ‘re-allocated’ to another project, as Johnson argues. They have been thrown away because the Mayor bowed to minority opposition to the scheme in Tory Bexley,” they say.