LondonNet News Headlines
21/03/03
Mayor Loses Transport Chief
- Congestion Charge daddy quits

LONDON'S road transport chief, Derek Turner, is to quit, according to insiders at Transport for London (TfL).

Normally, the resignation of a public servant wouldn't draw much publicity, but Turner's role as one of the men behind the Congestion Charge (CC) - some see him him its father - makes Turner a special case.

It is believed the early success of the CC gives Turner the chance to become a consultant on similar projects around Britain and the world, a role from which he could be expected to earn a bundle of cash.

The other factor in Turner's departure is thought to be his dicey relationship with his boss, London Mayor Ken Livingstone, though Livingstone has said Turner is "among the most talented public servants I have ever worked with".

The impact of all this is intriguing as it is likely the Mayor will assume greater direct control over CC and perhaps be more likely to up the charge in order to put more money into public transport.




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