This response to a question from the Liberal chairman of the transport committee shows how Livingstone threatens boroughs that disagree with him. The implication is clear - if they suspend two bus lanes on their own roads TFL will withdraw their funding for other projects. The phrasing of the question also tells us something about the Liberal attitude to local democracy. Expect to see more conflict with more boroughs falling out of Labour control....
Geoff Pope: Following the decision by Ealing's new Tory council to suspend bus lanes in Yeading and Northolt, will you object to the proposal using your powers under section 291 of the GLA Act 1999 on the grounds that it affects GLA roads, and if necessary proceed to a public inquiry?
Ken Livingstone: Peter Hendy has already written to the leader of Ealing council urging them to take a different course of action and making clear that this will impact on future funding decisions. TfL expects Ealing to formally notify them of any proposal to remove the bus lanes in question.
TfL has offered to meet with officers of Ealing urgently to resolve this issue. If it cannot be satisfactorily resolve I will consider all options available to me.