Commenting on the Mayor of London’s proposal for major roads to be diverted underground, Labour’s London Assembly Transport Spokesperson Val Shawcross AM said:
“Boris Johnson has a habit of mooting these kind of grand plans but as ever the detail on how this proposal would actually work is suspiciously absent. The costs of a project like this would be staggering – not to mention the dramatic impact and disruption building works would cause. Blue sky thinking is one thing, but the Mayor putting forward unfunded ideas like this only months before he checks out of City Hall is only going to leave Londoners disappointed.
“Only last year the Mayor promoted plans for a 22-mile ring-road tunnel under London which would cost £33bn to build. Since then we’ve heard nothing of the project. Londoners need a Mayor who can follow through on proposals not just chase headlines. Whilst we need innovative congestion solutions in places like Hammersmith, Boris would do well to learn the lessons of Boston’s Big Dig which saw spiralling costs, major disruption and years of delay to the project.
“The Mayor would be much better focusing our scarce public investment on improving public transport, cycling and walking than on underground motorways.”