Letter to the Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle
In an interview for the Sunday Times, on November 21st 1999, Ken Livingstone said: "I hate cars. If I ever get any powers again I'd ban the lot." Perhaps he thought traffic jams were a good way to punish motorists. Certainly he more than anyone else owes us an apology for the poor maintenance of the Hammersmith Flyover over the last 50 years.
He can't be blamed for the original failure to waterproof it when it was built. It was a project that the Labour-run London County Council was responsible for - but that was before Livingstone was in charge. It was this design flaw that meant when the road was salted the steel cables gradually deteriorated. However for 13 years of the subsequent 50 years (five years as leader of the GLC and eight as Mayor of London) Livingstone had ultimate responsibility for maintaining the Hammersmith Flyover.
Whether due to neglect or his anti motorist ideology he failed. He should accept a substantial share of the blame for the misery, damage to the environment and the economy which the recent chronic delays have caused.