Lord Adonis, the former transport secretary and policy adviser to Tony Blair, is preparing for a shot at becoming London’s mayor by spending a week interviewing commuters on the capital’s buses.
Lord Adonis will take journeys across London late next month, including a night bus from Trafalgar Square to Heathrow airport, which he said are the “nerve centres” of the capital’s economy.
He said: “I want to talk to commuters and look at the problems of congestion, so as to get a handle on aspects of this part of the economy. I will take the night bus to get an understanding for London’s night-time economy.”
Lord Adonis is known to have the support of several long-serving London MPs to become the Labour Party candidate for the London mayoral election in 2016, but there are concerns if he will be able to secure the nomination.
As well as his close association with Mr Blair, Lord Adonis was the man who first mooted the HS2 railway, the construction of which will disrupt residents in parts of north London.
Sources said that he has not yet made a final decision on whether to run in 2016. Other contenders for the Labour candidacy include MPs Tessa Jowell and Margaret Hodge.