Why are we in for the biggest Tube strike since 2002?

  • 7 July 2015
  • From the section London
Earls Court
Earls Court was particularly impacted by a strike held in April

We are all set for the biggest Tube strike since 2002 when the four main transport unions walk out on Wednesday evening. Why?

This is a dispute over the changes to working conditions imposed by London Underground (LU) to bring about the new Night Tube on 12 September and it is also about pay.

You can mix into that the bad feeling and poor industrial relations, particularly over the ongoing closure of ticket offices and 800 job losses.

The Night Tube will mean services running for 24 hours through the night on Fridays and Saturdays on the Jubilee, Victoria, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines, with trains every 10 minutes.

The Night Tube is set to begin on five lines on 12 September

That is undoubtedly a popular idea and an independent report says it will have a Benefit to Cost Ratio (BCR) of 3.9:1. Therefore for every £1 spent it will generate £3.90.

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7 July bombings: Lessons for services and transport

  • 6 July 2015
  • From the section London

I remember walking into the newsroom at about 09:00 BST on 7 July 2005 and it was in a frenzy.

I was sent out straight away and jumped in a cab to Liverpool Street.

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Heathrow expansion: Third runway lobbying gets serious

  • 2 July 2015
  • From the section London
No third runway sign in Sipson village near Heathrow Airport

The old placards came out and the dusty banners were unfurled again.

If Sir Howard Davies was in any doubt about the strength of feeling against a third runway at Heathrow, he will have seen it yesterday.

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Planes, trains and the politics of transport

  • 9 June 2015
  • From the section London
Impression of Thames Hub from the east
Plans for a Thames Estuary airport may have prompted Kent County Council to stall over a rail takeover

With the meeting of London Assembly's Transport Committee comes another reminder of how local politics can play out and influence infrastructure decisions.

During a session of the devolution of the railways, it emerged Kent County Council had taken a rather dim view of the mayor's plan for a Thames Estuary airport dubbed 'Boris Island'.

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Why a national rail strike will hit the south east worst

  • 19 May 2015
  • From the section London
London Euston Station

Think of transport in London, and you might call to mind the Tube, red buses or even black cabs.

But we also rely heavily on the rail network and, at the risk of stating the obvious, if there is a rail strike then it is London, the south east and many commuter towns that will bear the brunt.

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Leaked letter says Peter Hendy was 'offensive' over Southeastern comments

  • 1 May 2015
  • From the section London
Sir Peter Hendy
Sir Peter Hendy said Southeastern's ticket inspectors were like "the Gestapo", writes Tom Edwards

There seems to be an unwritten, agreement in transport circles - do not slag off another operator's service.

There is an element of self-preservation in this, as usually it's only a matter of time before your own operation will face some kind of failure.

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The Mayfair 'ghost' station which may become an art gallery

  • 28 April 2015
  • From the section London

Behind a grey door in Mayfair is a hidden part of London's history.

This is Down Street Tube station. It opened in 1907 but shut again in 1932 because it was too close to other stations to attract sufficient passengers.

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Election 2015: Is transport a priority issue for Londoners?

There is little 'clear water' between the main parties on transport issues, writes Tom Edwards

Recently, I saw a list of issues pertinent to voters in this election and transport came down the list at eighth or ninth.

Transport is the second highest expenditure in households and it affects everyone. So why the relatively low rating?

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Transport for London set to become private landlord to create revenue

  • 19 March 2015
  • From the section London
South Kensington Station
South Kensington station is on the list as one property which could be redeveloped and leased out

It runs the capital's trains and buses, and it already leases commercial space, but soon Transport for London (TfL) could be renting out flats.

Over the next 10 years, the organisation is looking to radically capitalise on its property portfolio to utilise another revenue stream after its government grant was cut.

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Contactless payment continues to grow in London

  • 17 March 2015
  • From the section London
contactless card
Contactless payments have operated on London's bus network since December 2012

On a trip to the West End with my other half, she admitted she'd forgotten her Oyster card.

Instead of the normal teeth grinding and forking out the extortionate cost of a paper ticket, she informed me nonchalantly that she'd use her bank card.

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