On 5 May, Londoners will choose their new mayor. In doing so, they will grant a single individual the third biggest direct personal mandate of any politician in the whole of Europe (only France and Portugal are larger). That person will have control of a £17bn budget – roughly the same as the entire national budget of Serbia. The lion’s share of that budget – about £11.5bn – will go to Transport for London. One could be forgiven, therefore, for expecting to find transport – and ...
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