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Monday, 2 February 2009

Boris encourages more non-essential travel

The Highways Agency on today's extreme and dangerous weather conditions:

Okay, so we get it. If you're thinking about driving anywhere, please don't. And if you know of anyone else who is, then please just tell them not to bother.


Why don't you just dish out bank notes on the way in?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If anybody should be getting a 'gesture of appreciation' it should be us who have struggled in to work on the broken down public transport network. Where's our sweetener?

AdamB said...

Well Hilton's happy and that's the main thing.

angelneptunestar said...

Some people HAVE to come in and Boris is just trying to be helpful.

AdamB said...

Well if they have to they have to. So how is encouraging people who don't have to, going to help those that do? Or help the highway and emergency services for that matter?

pete said...

your logic is ridiculous. If the public transport system is down it makes sense to suspend the congestion charge.

Mark Lee said...

Pete - was the transport system really crippled to the extent that it was necessary to drive in to the centre? I'm pretty sure that for the vast majority of journeys it would have been possible to drive to a tube / train station that *was* open and travel in. It's a populist gensture to take attention away from the fact that all buses had been taken off the roads.

Tom said...

Actually, of course, the suspension was too late to help anyone in, since it didn't become widely known until round midday-ish. So anyone claiming it was done to help people get round a shagged public transport system is officially an idiot. If Boris had announced it last night when the buses were pulled he'd have had a point.

In other words, Boris's 'gesture' was aimed at maximum PR with minimum effort (considering the tiny number of cars on the road it won't even have cost much). Much like the rest of his Mayoralty, really.

AdamB said...

Political Animal has now written to the Mayor about this.

pete said...

To Mark Lee - The only tube line that was working properly was the victoria line