One of the first acts of the Whitless crew was to suspend the bus lanes on the Tyburn Road (a suspension that has lasted three years and counting), which resulted in a drop in bus punctuality of 15% and a reduction in use of 11%.
Richard Bowker is the chief exec of National Express (and Travel West Midlands) and he's promised a coach station of which Birmingham can be proud, rather than the current monstrosity disfiguring Digbeth, illustrating the brutalist architecture of the 1960s, not the modernity of the new millennium. He's promised an investment in new buses and coaches to attract more passengers. More than that, he's promised a significant reduction in carbon emissions if roads can be redesigned to help buses travel a little faster:
'You can't get rid of half the cars and replace all the roads with bus lanes, but we do need more bus lanes as part of the solution. If we can have a practical decision about more bus lanes we will invest in more and better vehicles.... If we could increase the average speed of our buses by six kilometres per hour we can reduce the amount of carbon they emit by 20 per cent.'So come on Len, sort it out! Let's see if 'vote blue, go green' really means anything or if it is just another example of Tory policy-free spin. Not only would our bus users be grateful, but so would the planet.
Sadly, I think I know the answer already.