What’s to blame for a fall in passenger numbers?

  • 9 January 2018
  • From the section London
Empty Tube carriage Image copyright Getty Images

There was further confirmation on Tuesday that the number of travellers using London's transport system is decreasing, or to use the parlance, "softening".

The numbers, as we have mentioned before, are:

Now most of us will think that is great, it may mean we may finally get a seat but for Transport for London (TfL) it could be a dark cloud on the horizon as it impacts its key revenue.

The question is: is this a gathering storm or is it, as the transport commissioner calls it, a "blip"?

TfL has already lost its grant from government of £700m a year.

Read full article What’s to blame for a fall in passenger numbers?

Low Emission Bus Zone: Not sexy but they seem to work

  • 13 December 2017
  • From the section London
London Bus Image copyright PA
Image caption The new clean bus zones are an attempt to cut emissions on the most polluted roads

No-one is going to say the Low Emission Bus Zones is the sexiest transport policy in the world.

It's not a new tunnel or a cable car spanning the Thames and frankly there's not much you can actually see, like signs to show you are even in a Low Emission Bus Zone.

Read full article Low Emission Bus Zone: Not sexy but they seem to work

Return of rail devolution? Don't hold your breath

  • 29 November 2017
  • From the section London
South West Train, Southeastern train, Southern train Image copyright PA
Image caption The DfT will work with TfL to explore options for transferring selected suburban services

If the party poppers were being let off at Transport for London (TfL) towers, they kept them pretty quiet.

Hidden away in the new Department for Transport (DfT) rail strategy is a line that has given the rail devolutionists a glimmer of hope that the dream is not dead.

Read full article Return of rail devolution? Don't hold your breath

Tram crash a year on: Some changes but still deep anger

  • 10 November 2017
  • From the section London
Overturned tram in Croydon Image copyright EPA
Image caption Seven people died when the tram overturned at Sandilands

One year after the Croydon tram derailment and there are still many questions.

Many of those who were injured or lost loved ones in the incident find that frustrating.

Read full article Tram crash a year on: Some changes but still deep anger

T-charge: Is it already changing drivers' behaviour?

  • 23 October 2017
  • From the section London
Exhaust fumes Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption If you forget to pay the T-charge you will be fined £130 but reduced to £65 for prompt payment

The introduction of the Toxicity charge (T-charge) on Monday means London will again be at the centre of pollution and congestion controls.

Transport for London (TfL) thinks it is "the strictest daily emissions standard" in the world.

Read full article T-charge: Is it already changing drivers' behaviour?

Southern dispute may continue despite hefty pay offer

  • 20 October 2017
  • From the section London
Southern Image copyright PA

So, there is yet another twist in the long-running Southern dispute.

Aslef, the drivers' union, is recommending its members accept a revised deal which includes a big multi-year 28.5% pay deal.

Read full article Southern dispute may continue despite hefty pay offer

Carrots and sticks suggested to overhaul London roads

  • 10 October 2017
  • From the section London
Traffic jam in London Image copyright PA
Image caption The report calls for fewer polluting vehicles in cities

If there is a direction of travel in city planning then this report by Centre for London emphasises it.

The thinktank, which comes up with potential solutions for challenges in the city, has looked into "the Future of London's Roads and Streets" in the capital.

Read full article Carrots and sticks suggested to overhaul London roads

Tube strike: London Underground walkout could hit commuters and football fans

  • 28 September 2017
  • From the section London
Tube strike Image copyright PA
Image caption Aslef said promises have been broken and its detailed proposals have been ignored

Beware commuters and football fans: A Tube strike is being planned for next Thursday.

It hasn't received much in the way of attention, but at the moment an extremely disruptive London Underground (LU) strike is set to be held on 5 October, which also happens to be the day that England play Slovenia at football at Wembley.

Read full article Tube strike: London Underground walkout could hit commuters and football fans

Tooting Common's trees: A mayoral policy contradiction

  • 12 September 2017
  • From the section London
Trees in Tooting Common
Image caption Fifty-one horse chestnut trees are due to be felled in Tooting Common

In the next few days it is expected that 51 much-loved mature horse chestnut trees on an avenue on Tooting Common will be felled and replaced by Wandsworth Council.

The council has said they are diseased, rotten and a safety risk, and plan to replace them with 64 semi-mature lime trees.

Read full article Tooting Common's trees: A mayoral policy contradiction

Road tax: the myth that won't die

  • 9 September 2017
  • From the section London
Ardian Zagani
Image caption Ardian Zagani died after he was in a collision with a Ford Transit van on Camden Road in Holloway

I was at a protest recently where many were objecting to a lack of segregated cycle lanes in Islington following the death of Ardian Zagani.

After I tweeted some pictures, not for the first time a number of people replied "cyclists should pay road tax".

Read full article Road tax: the myth that won't die