Saturday, April 13, 2019

They're Are At It Again : Will Khan And TfL Use Buses To Create Pollution In The Suburbs?

Ken Livingston had the brilliant idea that before you can charge for congestion with public support, you need to create gridlock....and we all know what he did with the road works and the school holidays...."oh look I was right" he professed! 

Khan, with the help of TfL has done virtually the same thing with the ULEZ charge. They used a massive expansion in bus services day and night, to ramp up emissions. Traffic signal phasing tweeted beyond belief, average speed limited, unnecessary segregated cycle Lanes inserted forcing most traffic to use limited road space, with monitoring stations in the most predictable locations to cause maximum congestion, therefore massive pollution. 

Emotional blackmail using lies about children's lungs in MSM and on massive billboards and the snowflakes were all over it. The BBC ran stories of school playgrounds next to main roads saying this was toxic air, poisoning the children's lungs. 

Yet research (buried) has shown that pollution levels in London are 40% less than 40-50 years ago. 

Kings Collage research results has showen the Mayor's statistics were no more than guesstimates, plucked out of thin air. The news a few weeks ago that the underground (Tube) is 30 times more polluted than any of the streets above has also been buried away. (Wonder if we'll be seeing a ULEZ charge added to Oyster cards soon?)

The late Tony Frew said London's pollution is currently at 14 units....the world average unit is 7....that's 7 even if you were in the middle of the Amazon Rain Forest!

Currently London's traffic (that's all the traffic) contribute approx 2 units. The reason London's emissions are said to be illegal is because the limit is set purposely too low. If you were to ban all traffic completely, you would only reduce London's units by one seventh which would still have us above the legal limit.

Tony states the figure of 40,000 preventable deaths in the UK is fake. They use what's known as Zombie statistics to calculate results that don't really exist. 40,000 people are not dying due to pollution. Research shows that the average person (who may live till the age of 80) may loose three days off their life span, due to pollution. 

Needless to say, Tony's radio interview, has been buried under a mountain of propaganda and on occasion has been removed from YouTube

You can currently listen to Tony Frew's interview here : https://youtu.be/JKygNf6CKns

Getting back to Khan, his next plan is to extend the ULEZ charging area out to the North and South Circulars.....this has been delayed to 2022 as Khan is up for re-election on 7th May 2020 and he obviously believes residents in the Great London area will revolt against him when they are forced (24hrs a day) to pay this new form of PollTax. 

So, to charge for the massive pollution in the suburbs (Sic) he first has to create massive pollution there....and what better way than the tried and tested use of hybrid buses running on pure diesel. After all, it worked in Central London!

The ULEZ charge will net TfL billions and that's all it's about.

As they say....Follow The Money!!!

Well, there you have it in Khans own words. 

After they retro fitted the BUSES in Putney, the air quality improved by 90%..... So that means that London's buses are the ones that are responsible for 90% of the pollution.

It must be true.....it's come from the mouth of the Mayor!

Surely he wouldn't be lying......would he???

https://twitter.com/girlgrafter/status/1117223716608409600?s=21

See article below from MayorWatch.co.uk.

Transport for London have confirmed that a series of cuts to the bus network are to proceed, despite opposition from local politicians, passengers and the capital’s transport watchdog, London Travelwatch.

Last September TfL and City Hall unveiled plans to reduce frequencies on eight routes with a further three axed in their entirety.

One new route would be created and five routes would see frequencies increased, but many others would either be ‘restructured’ or shortened, meaning passengers would have to switch buses mid-journey in order to reach their destination.

Travelwatch expressed “alarm” at the proposals, warning they risked making the bus a less convenient and less accessible option for thousands of passengers, while London Assembly members and local councillors have also criticised the plans, with many backing petitions to save under threat routes.

However TfL today announced that despite the widespread opposition, it would be proceeding with many of its original proposals, including shortening routes 3, 4, 40, 45, 59, 67, 134 & 172, axing routes 48 & RV1 and reducing frequencies on other routes.

A proposal to axe the 271 route night service has been shelved and the agency will not go ahead with proposed alterations to routes 11, 19, and 22.

TfL claims the changes, which will be implemented from June, will make the bus network “more efficient”.

See full article here: https://www.mayorwatch.co.uk/transport-for-london-confirms-bus-cuts-will-go-ahead-despite-passenger-opposition/


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hammersmith Bridge Repairs Delayed Indefinitely. Nobody Knows When/If Work Will Ever Start


The cost of the essential work is going up and up while everyone is waiting

The cost of the essential work is going up and up while everyone is waiting.

The major Hammersmith Bridge refurbishment project has again been delayed, with the estimated cost of the work rising by £11 million.

The historic bridge was set to be closed for repairs by late 2018, but local leaders said the complexity of finalising the major engineering plans has set it back.

The work has closed the bridge, used by 20,000 vehicles a day for an unconfirmed period.

Figures provided to London Assembly transport committee chairman Caroline Pidgeon say TfL spent £546,000 by August 2018, on traffic wardens stationed at either side of the bridge to monitor weight restrictions.

City Hall officials also wrote that TfL said H&F had told the transport body work was unlikely to start before the autumn of 2019.

However, H&F says it did not know where that data came from, saying detailed planning was still under way, and the project is yet to be put out to tender.

"We don’t know why the Mayor’s office has given a start date of autumn 2019???
This is neither a date we recognise, nor one we’ve discussed with TfL," a spokesman said.

"There is no confirmed start date yet, but we will work with TfL to ensure residents are kept well informed, should there be any updates."

TfL added: "Hammersmith Bridge is owned and maintained by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and we continue to work with the council on their plans to repair it.

"We are talking to the council about timescales and the cost of the repairs so that these can be finalised over the coming months."

"This is a really strange situation that has been going on for some time and Hammersmith & Fulham is not being open about what's really going on," she said.

She added that if the problem was financing or complex works, H&F and TfL should provide more detail to the public.

H&F's spokesman rejected the suggestion of financial reasons for the delay, saying it was updating the public and other boroughs regularly via its website and in letters.

But Ms Pidgeon warned that TfL, already facing road maintenance budget cuts and the cost of Crossrail delays, needed to get the refurbishment under way before financial pressures worsened.
"TfL are having to pay with public money on the bridge for wardens when it should be paying for works to fix this situation," she said. 

The Grade II listed bridge has survived the Blitz and a bombing but has been frequently closed for repairs, as its Victorian era engineering was not designed to bear modern traffic loads.

Interim repair works have been meticulous, tools must be custom-built and whenever one of the bridge's 999 decking panels needs replacing it takes six hours to do so. 

Richmond Council transport lead Alexander Ehmann said the Liberal Democrat administration did not support the previous Conservative leaders' call for Richmond to take over the project.

However, Cllr Ehmann said Richmond wanted to plan its traffic management, and riverside residents and bridge users needed clarity too.

He added: "The bridge needs investment, and it needs strengthening works, and it needs a repair timeline. I would like to see that sooner rather than later."