A13 can't be fixed with few cans of paint so we will continue to stay there in traffic every morning and afternoon instead to spend time with family.
And soon we again will elect this "golden Eton lips" boy.
I think you will find the A13 DBFO had its contract terms laid down (which includes rebuilding Renwick Road and Lodge Ave only at the end of the contract) in Ken Livingstone's time, although in actual fact it was set up by the Highways Agency as it (just) predates the transfer of their main London roads to TfL. So not the "golden Eton lips" party all round.
The A13 DBFO contract was signed (including the provision of the necessary funding
* from the DfT) months before TfL took over the responsibility for non local authority roads in London. Any attempt to cancel or fundamentally alter the contract would have cost TfL loads of money in compensation to the DBFO organisation and TfL simply felt it couldn't justify the cost much to Mr Livingstone's disappointment. Had the DBFO contact not been signed by the DfT and it been left down to TfL the most likely scenario is that the scheme would have been downgraded to no GSJs and lots of signalised flat junctions - especially if the DfT took the opportunity to remove the earmarked funding for use elsewhere in the country*
In some respects its similar to the transfer of the tube - the DfT retained control until Gordon Browns much hated PPP structure was up and running because if Mr Livingstone had his way he would have dumped the proposed setup straight away. As it was he was forced to accept it because the only way out was to spend massive amounts of money in compensation
* Its this lack of funding that gave TfL the perfect excuse not to go ahead with the full GSJ improvements in the Bounds Green / Henley's corner areas. Yes under Mr Livingstone it is extremely unlikely it would have been taken forward even if money was there but he (and his successor, Mr Johnson) would have been under far more pressure from voters, etc if the cancellation decision had to be based solely on 'ideological' or environmental grounds - rather than was actually the case, the vastly more acceptable reason of there simply not being enough money