By Claire West

Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Transport and Member of Parliament for Runnymede and Weybridge told BBC Radio 5 Live that he plans to scrap the “folly” that is the M4 Bus Lane.

The M4 bus lane was introduced ten years ago by John Prescott when he was Transport Secretary and it has caused political embarrassments when Governement Ministers, in particular Tony Blair, used it for ‘security reasons’.

Commenting on the announcement Professor Stephen Glaister, Director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“Most drivers on the M4 will wonder why this decision has taken so long. Road capacity is in short supply and to have an underused lane like this has made little sense. While other motorways have been widened to allow for the growth in traffic, on this stretch of the M4 capacity was actually being reduced.”

The announcement will be made by Mr Hammond at the Conservative Party Conference on Monday.

In opposition Mr Hammond was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and quite outspoken about the Liberal Democrats who of course are now his chums in the coalition government,
Prior to the election Mr Hammond suggested that there were, “financial black holes and policy U-turns in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto.”

Interesting use of language for someone who is now in charge of Transport!