Is it any wonder that Birmingham residents think that the council is anti-public transport?
Mike Whitby continues to try and frustrate the expansion plans, this time by trying to change the route, so forcing a new public enquiry. Along with his LibDem lapdogs, they reckon that there are problems with running them along busy city streets - our local drunks may not cope with them. Trams run happily through the central entertainment area in Nottingham - I've staggered across the tracks a few times myself after taking refreshment in some of the bars with some colleagues. Two-way running along Broad Street isn't an option - it is a pre-requisite.
His partner in crime, Len Gregory, recently noted that many of the public contributions to the Congestion Task Force criticised bus lanes. Far be it from me to distrust a councillor, but I seem to recall that the council claimed public support for the new split-site library plan, a point of view not borne out by the public contributions to the scrutiny committee report. In any case, the dynamic 'Task Force' was trumpeted as a voice for motorists, not for those who need to use public transport. Alongside that, Len's announced a review of yellow lines (which will come as a relief to some councillors...
(Cheap shot, I know, but I couldn't resist that one - that's John H's Disco parked illegally in Brum a while back. Credit for the photo goes to a former Labour councillor who just happened to be passing as John was reading the paper. I've blurred out the reg and even the supplier's name for the sake of privacy. I'm nice like that.)
Never one to be left out, the new Liberal Democrat MP for Solihull is getting on the case and attacking the red route system, picking on a tiny anomaly to criticise the whole concept. If in doubt, pick on something petty just to get your name in the paper.
Despite their love for the car and motorists, Mr Toad and his mates can't sort out the PFI scheme for the roads in Birmingham and even that is descending into chaos with strike threats and one of the shortlisted bidders dropping out.
Life just gets better and better under the Tories/Lib Dems....