Dinner with Peter Hendy, who is the Director of Surface Transport for Transport for London. His portfolio is gargantuan and covers buses, taxis, river transport, trams, roads, traffic, congestion charging – in fact everything except rail and tube.
We have met many times over the four years of the first term of London Government to discuss the many issues which hold us both in sway.
We have a delightful evening hashing over the huge range of transport issues in London. Last time we did this, he actually walked the proposed route of the trial 603 Muswell Hill to Swiss Cottage bus route on his way to the restaurant to meet me – just to see what the residents of Southwood Lane were kicking up about.
What I like about Peter is this hands on approach to his empire. If I have gone into the media saying something he doesn’t like or agree with – he will ring me to have a go at me. Nothing wrong with robust disagreement or challenge. I reckon he could go on to become Transport Commissioner for TfL at some future date – only time will tell. We could do worse.