Sunday, 19 December 2010

Boris Johnson: severe delays in service

It's the weekend before Christmas in one of the most developed cities in the world.

I get up in the morning hoping to finish my Christmas shopping only to find that all trains on my branch of the Southeastern network have been diverted.

I consider getting some kind of bus-DLR-tube combination into town but take one look at the TfL website and think better of it:

So on potentially the busiest shopping weekend of the year, the city and it's economy is all but cut off to me. And what's our Mayor Boris Johnson going to do about all this?

"I don't actually have any say in the matter"

Which of course hasn't stopped him having plenty of say on topics (like airports in Kent) which he has no official control over.

And on the TfL network of which he *has* got official control over, and of which he has said previously that "I am TfL" he told his Twitter followers yesterday:

Coping well? Is this the Pyongyang style approach to political communications? 

I mean in what alternate reality can this sorry state of affairs be described  as "coping well?"

Of course we all know Boris doesn't use public transport but he can't be that out of touch surely?

But then maybe we're being a little unfair on Boris. I mean at least it's only the trains and tubes that have ground to a halt this year and not the entire bus network like last year:

Come on Boris. You've been in the job almost three years now. Time to get a grip.


Karl said...

That 'tweet' was disgraceful. I hope we get to find out who actually posted it and what the hell they were thinking.

Helen said...

Oh, and Brent Cross shopping centre was CLOSED, so very much *not* open for Christmas shopping.

I think this shows, yet again, that Boris and his lackeys have no knowledge of, and care little about, any part of London outside zone 1.

Helen said...

Had to abandon a trip to the theatre and a concert yesterday as was unable to reach a relative who was going to babysit - the A316 in Richmond-upon-Thames, a TfL-maintained road, had most definitely NOT been gritted.

AdamB said...

Yes Boris told Vanessa on Friday that TfL have a "prodigious amount of grit." Presumably because they're hoarding it rather than putting it on the roads.

As I write this I'm watching one of my neighbours shoveling snow off of the ungritted road outside my house so he can get his cab off the drive. Big society in action.

john b said...

In Ken's mouth:
"I don't actually have any say in the matter"

would've been a rallying cry, rather than a pathetic cop-out.

Increasingly tempted to come home for the next Mayoral election, just to vote for Not Bozza.

Anonymous said...

A1 Holloway Road/Archway gyratory/A400 Junction Road didn't get any grit until last night. You'd think seeing as the weather forecasters predicted its time of arrival to 6am-10am (and it turned up about 1015) they could have got some grit out quicker.

It's quite possible that the shower jobby just sold the lot for a magic bean or something.

Barry Rochford said...

We all know Boris is a clown, but why does he always go out of his way to prove it. He pronounces on Friday that there will be no problems, then the very next day it's apparent that the city comes to a grinding halt.
Had he said nothing and did nothing, he could have at least have denied responsibility. to be honest, he wouldn't have been that blameworthy as the level of investment needed to prevent snow affecting the capital is enormous.
But he didn't.

Anonymous said...

Snow inevitably causes problems. In the kind of snow that fell in west London on Saturday morning, the best thing to do may be to stop and wait until it passes.

Resilience is often measured by how quickly a system recovers from an unexpected event, so Boris should have simply told us what was happening to get things moving again. The fact that he tried to pretend that there were no problems makes me wonder whether the capacity to recover from a snow-storm is not quite as great as he likes to pretend.