Getting public transport from a public meeting in Hillingdon would have been too dangerous and would have involved spending fifteen minutes on a bus, Boris Johnson has explained.
The claim comes after the Daily Mail picked up on our story about a £1000 taxi bill racked up by Boris and his team.
In a written response a spokesperson states that:
"Most cabs had two or three staff in them sharing the ride - this included the Mayor who shared a taxi with three advisors."Staff safety is paramount, not least following an incident in March 2002 where an employee was hurt in a mugging on their way home from PQT. The venue is at least a 15 minute bus ride away from the nearest Tube or mainline Overground station."
When contacted by the Mail, the Mayor's team claimed that a trip from Hillingdon to City Hall would have:
'taken three hours using the tube and buses.'
TfL, say that it would have taken less than half that time:
But then I guess you would actually have to use public transport occasionally to know that.