Friday 2 March 2012 11.41am
Boris considers most of inner London somewhere that people work in and drive through, and, along with TFL, consider car traffic flow to be their top priority.
I think the title Transport for London explains it very well. It isn't TFP (transport for pedestrians) or TFC (transport for cyclists).
Buses, the Docklands Light Railway, major roads, traffic controls, taxi & minicab regulation and the Underground all fall within TfL’s remit. TFL is also required to promote the interests of cyclists, pedestrians and other forms of transport. They also have to reduce congestion and reduce emissions.
So no top priority but a huge responsibility to keep everyone happy, yes, including car drivers...It will always tick off some minority groups along the way, like cyclists, but I doubt if they are deliberately trying to encourage car use, I see no evidence for this, quite the contrary.
I think a top priority for all mayoral candidates is how they would go about supporting TFL, and this junction is a good example of one where there needs to be some action, it really doesn't work well for any of it's users.