Transport for London (TfL) has this week owned up and made public the actual purchase price of the New Bus For London (NBfL), aka Boris Bus or BozzaMaster. And that price, at £354,500 per vehicle, makes the NBfL around £50,000 more expensive than a comparable off-the-shelf hybrid double decker. So, despite Bozza's promises, the NBfL will not be price competitive with alternatives.
When the Government published its aviation policy framework in draft form, it asked the right questions about noise, air quality and climate change, but the final version fails to deliver on these. It is disappointing that so few of the recommendations we and others made have been taken up by the Government.
Here's a question that's not often asked: what if train punctuality is a false measure? Perhaps commuter punctuality is what we should really care about? Instead of the number of trains getting to stations on time, perhaps we would get more useful information if we tracked the number of people being delivered to stations on time.
With even more rules and regulations being introduced for motorcycle licences, it would seem that it is becoming increasingly difficult to get onto two wheels. 2013 saw the introduction of 3DLD a.k.a. regulations to limit the power of the machine that you can ride at certain ages, but is it really harder than ever before?
Yesterday, Ukip launched its national campaign against road tolling. We targeted just five tolls, on the Dartford, Tyne and Mersey crossings, the M6 toll motorway and the London Congestion Charge. Between them, at a conservative estimate they pull in over £0.5billion in tolls every year. That's half a billion which is coming straight out of the local economy ...