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Demand for road powers grows

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Optimism is growing that London mayor Boris Johnson will devolve power on trunk roads to councils as part of the ‘city charter’ agreement governing relations between the boroughs and City Hall.

Officials from London Councils and City Hall are due to meet this week to discuss the charter, which is slated to be unveiled in April.

Westminster leader Colin Barrow (Con) said: “There are very few roads that need to be in the hands of the mayor. It would be welcomed if the mayor handed control of trunk roads to boroughs.”

At present, Transport for London , chaired by the mayor , manages 580km of main roads and all of London’s 4,600 traffic lights. While some roads are of pan London strategic significance, many borough leaders feel most trunk roads would be more efficiently controlled by them, ending the duplication of traffic wardens and maintenance services locally.

London Councils chairman Merrick Cockell (Con) said it would be beneficial if road control was simplified. He described the charter as “a flexible constitution rather than a list of demands”, providing leadership on areas including the economy and youth care.

The talks follow claims by Labour politicians that Mr Johnson has failed to consult boroughs on issues including the ditching of the Thames Gateway bridge project .

A Labour source said: “When it has come to the crunch he has failed to properly consult the boroughs.”

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