London transport: Exactly how costly are those fare freezes?

  • 11 February 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Will the costings of a fares freeze policy now come down to an argument over inflation assumptions?

On Wednesday we got a little enlightenment around the costs of a four-year fares freeze, as well as a bit more murk and some caveats.

Transport Commissioner Mike Brown confirmed publicly a four-year freeze will cost Transport for London (TfL) £1.9bn during the five years of its business plan.

Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan's costing of £452m is for the four years of the mayoralty.

That means the cost of the fare freeze during the mayoralty will be lower than £1.9bn, probably by about 20%, according to TfL.

'Perfectly understandable'

However, the remaining big difference between the figures, according to Mr Brown, is down to inflation assumptions.

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Why there could be a 48-hour Tube station staff strike this weekend

  • 5 February 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Some stations could be closed due to the strike

On 5 February 2014 there was a strike on the Tube over ticket office closures.

At the time I described the changes as some of the most radical in the history of the Tube.

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TfL's new bus safety plans are 'victory for survivors' says man hit by bus

  • 1 February 2016
  • From the section London

Tom Kearney was in Oxford Street standing on the pavement when he was hit from behind by a bus's wing mirror.

It put him in a coma and punctured both his lungs.

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Sadiq Khan's fare freeze would cost £1.9bn, says TfL

  • 29 January 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Sadiq Khan wants to freeze London transport fares

Transport for London (TfL) says Labour's costing of its fares freeze is wrong and doesn't take into account the impact Crossrail will have on passenger numbers.

The Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, says keeping fares increases at 0% will cost £450m over four years, but TfL says the real cost will be £1.9bn, because Crossrail will bring in more passengers - and freezing fares means it won't benefit from inflation-linked fare rises.

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Night Tube: Set-up costs to reach £17m

  • 28 January 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Could the Night Tube arrive this summer?

I admit I was one of the many who thought the Night Tube was hanging by a thread. I admit I compared it to a zombie walking around causing nothing but trouble.

Well now in a bit of a turnaround it seems it might actually happen. There is definitely a pulse.

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Night Tube: Are we on the brink of more strikes?

  • 8 January 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Will we ever see a Night Tube service?

It is a zombie policy. The Night Tube idea is now just wandering around doing nothing much apart from causing trouble.

At the very earliest it could perhaps be introduced in the summer.

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Cuts to the London transport grant to hit from 2018

  • 25 November 2015
  • From the section London
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Image caption TfL will lose general grants from the government for day-to-day running of services

The dark clouds have been on the horizon for some time.

Transport for London (TfL) had been told in 2013 it would eventually have to be self-sufficient with its operating costs.

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Why are London's cabbies getting so angry?

  • 24 November 2015
  • From the section London

If there is one sentiment that is continuous on my Twitter feed it is the anger from some black cab drivers.

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Image caption The Uber app has been the focus of complaints, anger and demonstrations from some of the capital's cab drivers

Some of them now say their trade is unviable in the long term.

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London congestion 'to get worse before it gets better'

  • 13 November 2015
  • From the section London
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Image caption Traffic jams in central London have been getting worse

It's not been an easy few months for those who drive in central London.

Congestion seems to have increased through a combination of routine roadworks, public space alterations and the cycling superhighway works.

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Heathrow expansion: An unusual well-mannered mugging

  • 10 November 2015
  • From the section London
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Image caption TfL officials estimated it would cost £15bn to £20bn in investment to build the new rail links required

Not many were listening or watching, but in City Hall Transport for London (TfL) officials piled into the Aviation Commission's report on Heathrow on Tuesday.

This was an unusual departure for TfL; it doesn't normally operate like this. This was a methodical mugging.

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