“A book-sharing scheme for Tube and rail commuters has won a competition for ideas on how to improve life in London.
Residents were asked to tweet suggestions before an inaugural conference on the capital’s future being held next week.
Political researcher Chris Gilson proposed “book swaps for Tube and train stations” in his winning tweet.
His scheme would involve shelves in stations for passengers to leave unwanted books for fellow travellers.
Mr Gilson, 30, will now have the chance to present his idea -endorsed by all four main mayoral candidates - to the two-day London Policy Conference starting at the Southbank centre on Monday. A spokesman for Boris Johnson said: “Sounds like a great idea and so apt that it resonates with the Evening Standard’s Get London Reading campaign and also the Mayor’s work to improve literacy in London.”
Labour candidate Ken Livingstone called it a fantastic idea. “I’m sure it would be incredibly popular with Londoners.”
Brian Paddick, for the Liberal Democrats, said he was “prepared to commit to providing bookcases at stations” if elected.
The Green Party’s Jenny Jones added: “Books are so much easier to read than newspapers in a crowded train.”
Mr Gilson said he knew of no similar schemes anywhere in the world. He has already set up a pilot version in his local station, West Ealing, but said he would like to get it going fully across London in time for the Olympics”.
This would be awesome as long as people weren’t leaving copies of the bible or war and peace for me to read.