Today should have started with a report on last night’s Transport Users’
Sub-Committee meeting but I didn’t manage to get to it.
I was stuck at Queen Elizabeth Hospital until early evening for a CT scan. It
was arranged very speedily following a fast track referral but such is the state
of the National Health Service that the next available appointment with a
consultant to let me know the result is in March 2016. Fortunately, even if the
scan proves positive, it’s not life threatening but the scanning and follow up
being so far out of sync looks like poor management to me.
Anyway, the Transport meeting. I do hope that chairman Val Clark missed me, but sadly the only news I can report is what is in the Agenda and what councillor Borella has Tweeted.
No more 96 bus to Bluewater? It’s very popular, running every eight to ten minutes, although it would perhaps be good to be rid of one of its drivers.
The Agenda reveals that Bexley is remarkably free of serious road accidents although the number of serious injuries rose from five to twelve last year. Nevertheless, on every measure, Bexley’s safety record is better than all of those boroughs which have introduced widespread or even universal 20 m.p.h. limits.
An area that has not been so good is motorcycle collisions. The statistics were not so bad that Bexley was first included among the boroughs to get special attention from the police but following a reappraisal, four more London boroughs are to be targeted, one of which is Bexley. Thamesmead in particular is plagued by illegal motorcycling.