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Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London

Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

This is where you can read my thoughts on the pains, pleasures and political policies that are involved in getting around the capital

Quietways and the long road to change for cyclists

Proposed quietway
Cyclists in Camden already benefit from more attractive side streets

So far we have not seen big changes for cyclists, but in the next few months we might start to. It is hoped that it will all begin at Vauxhall with segregated lanes and junctions.

Away from the main roads, London's Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan has also been working on "quietways", which will be on side streets with less traffic.

They usually have bollards in some sections so cyclists can go through, but cars and vans can not - planners call it "permeability".

What they are being billed as is an enhanced London Cycle Network, which incidentally the mayor once cut the funding for.

Avoiding busy traffic

I took a tour of the route from Waterloo down to Millwall and it is certainly much more appealing than the Old Kent Road.

Proposed Millwall quietway
Millwall's proposed quietway will be behind the football stadium

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Heathrow airport's new Terminal 2 opens to passengers

This opening is really a huge exercise in expectation management, and the team here has been constantly saying there will be the odd glitch.

That's not surprising considering that the opening of T5 was an absolute debacle, with lost luggage and delays.

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The English cities which breach air pollution safety guidelines

In London we have had walls planted with shrubs to try and catch pollution and trucks working late at night using "dust suppressants" to wash away the tiny airborne particles that contribute to poor air quality.

We have a congestion charge zone and a low emission zone but still air quality in London is among the worst in Europe and a big contributor to thousands of premature deaths. And London faces huge fines from Europe if it doesn't clean up its act.

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Are we likely to see more Tube strikes?

So in the end the second tranche of Tube strikes were suspended, much to the relief of commuters.

The RMT union managed to get in black and white that all members who are relocated or who have their roles changed will keep the same pay.

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Tube strike on despite RMT and LU coming close to a deal

Earls Court
Earls Court was particularly impacted by the strike

On Friday both sides in the Tube dispute looked drained and exhausted after eight hours of intense talks.

Whispers of a deal had been emerging and both sides admit they weren't far off a deal in the row over ticket offices.

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Tube strike to go ahead with no further talks planned

Both sides looked drained and exhausted after eight hours of intense talks.

Whispers of a deal had been emerging and both sides admit they weren't far off. At 18:15 the talks dramatically collapsed.

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Tube strike: Disruption continues as strike ends

The problem is these timescales are very, very, tight so there's only Friday realistically to sort this out because we've got the Bank Holiday on Monday.

It all depends on how much each side is wedded to their positions.

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Why are we on the verge of another Tube strike?

Roped off tube train during strike
A deal was supposed to have been settled in February after the last strikes

Many will be baffled as to why a deal on the Tube strike - supposedly settled in February - has now unravelled.

This dispute is about ticket office closures which the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union opposes. Its members will now strike tonight.

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Camden's 'lack of urgency' over improving fatal junction

Francis Golding
Francis Golding just "didn't see" the coach before the fatal collision

This week there will be a number of inquests into the cyclists who died during that grim fortnight last year.

Today it was the inquest of the well-known architect Francis Golding whose family had to sit through the detail.

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Will pollution warnings shift political policy?

Pollution dust on David Cameron's car
Prime Minister David Cameron's car has been covered in Saharan dust

I've covered London's scandalous poor air quality for years and over that time not much has changed.

In 2008 I wrote: "For those who suffer from pollution. More action's needed... quickly ". That hasn't happened.

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About Tom

Tom began working at the BBC in 1995, having started his career on a small newspaper in the Lake District.

He's worked as Luton Reporter at BBC Look East where he followed an aid convoy during the Kosovo War.

Tom joined BBC London in 2003 as South London Reporter. There he covered the Damilola Taylor trials and received an award for his film on violence against minicab drivers in Croydon. As a general reporter at BBC London he covered the 7/7 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

He became Transport & Environment Correspondent in 2008. He's covered everything from planes crashing at Heathrow, and snow days cancelling all bus services, to runaway tube trains and the end of the PPP. He was named Transport Journalist of the year in London last year.

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