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Boris, bridges and me

Northern Ireland and the Republic need better transport connections between Dublin, Belfast and Derry. The PM’s talk of a bridge is the stuff of circuses

By Andrew Adonis  

London Mayor Boris Johnson (right) worked with Andrew Adonis (centre) on Crossrail. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

The Mayor of London is essentially the capital’s chief transport planner. But he doesn’t have any money and depends on the government to do anything big. So when Boris was first elected mayor in 2008, and I was Transport Secretary, we had to get on or nothing would have happened.

We rubbed along okay, agreeing an infrastructure plan. We inherited from Ken Livingstone the plan for Crossrail—the new rapid east-west commuter rail line across London, extending out in both directions to Reading, Heathrow, Docklands and Shenfield. When it finally opens, Crossrail will boost London’s public transport capacity by…

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