Over the last two days, we have tried to entice someone from the Highways Agency on to LBC to tell our listeners what the roads are like in London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey. On Wednesday, this was particularly important as many people were stuck in their cars for hours. They wouldn't put anyone up for James Whale's Drive show, or my show which follows. Yesterday was the same. I then phoned them myself and almost pleaded with them to come on, as drivers would appreciate hearing from the horse's mouth exactly what was happening, rather than just through the normal travel bulletins. Again, no one was prepared to put their head above the parapet and tell several hundred thousand Londoners, many of whom would be in their cars, wondering if they would get to their destination, exactly what was going on.
Today, I shall try again. If Kent Police can come on, if someone from the train companies can come on, why can't the Highways Agency? We pay their salaries and are entitled to hear from them.
Are they ashamed of their performance so far?
Does anyone know how many communications staff the Highways Agency employs? Maybe they are trying to put up a spokesman, but the spokesmen haven't got the balls to face the public. Tonight, we shall find out.