HS2: It could be shortened, scrapped or slowed down

  • 14 October 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption HS2's total cost has also risen from £62bn to up to £88bn

Rumours and uncertainty are swirling around the HS2 project as an independent review looks at its future.

The project could end up costing £88bn and potentially even more, making it one of the most expensive transport projects ever.

We've been told shortening the route to end at Old Oak Common in north-west London rather than tunnelling into central London, is being "seriously considered" by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Image caption Craig Douglas said work around Euston had "completely desecrated this area"

It's the first time Craig Douglas has been back to the site where his lovely old pub The Bree Louise used to stand next to London Euston station.

It used to serve up real ales and was always full. But it was flattened to make way for HS2 and is now a building site.

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'No guarantees' Crossrail will be open by 2021, but bosses optimistic

  • 16 September 2019
  • From the section London
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Media captionBusinesses warn the delay to Crossrail is putting their future in doubt

Sitting in the front office of Nim Bhadare's small minicab company in Abbey Wood on the outskirts of London, the driver explains to me why a map of Crossrail hangs on his wall.

"I wanted this to become a transport hub," he says. "All these new passengers would come off the new trains and into here. But someone has pulled the handbrake."

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Can London work as a national park city?

  • 22 July 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption Being a National Park City would mean parks and green spaces would be protected in London

A few years ago someone emailed me about turning London into something called a national park city.

Now coming from the Lake District - a national park - I was to be honest a little sceptical and very intrigued.

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London Underground wi-fi data collection 'has huge potential'

  • 9 July 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption Data was collected from 5.6 million mobile devices during a four-week pilot in 2016

From this week, Transport for London (TfL) is going to collect data anonymously through its wi-fi from our phones as we move about the network.

And the potential for it is absolutely huge.

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Air pollution: How bad is your commute?

  • 25 June 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption The pollution backpack measures particles called PM2.5 and the gas Nitrogen Dioxide

A school in south-east London is trialling out backpacks that measure pollution to see how bad it is, so I decided to wear one for two weeks to see how much pollution I was exposed to while working across central London.

I wore a Dyson pollution backpack on the Tube, trains, car and buses while working across central London. I usually try and avoid polluted streets but sometimes I can't avoid them.

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ULEZ, Crossrail and constraint: Khan's three years in charge

  • 8 May 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption Sadiq Khan has been in charge of London's transport system for three years

The Tube, trains and buses have kept running but Sadiq Khan's first three years in charge of Transport for London (TfL) are really a story of constraint.

While it only gets a passing mention in the second line of his 2016 transport manifesto, the Crossrail hangover looms large over this mayoralty.

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ULEZ: The politics of London's air pollution

  • 5 April 2019
  • From the section London
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Media captionLondon's ULEZ: What you need to know

In a lab at King's College University, Dr Gary Fuller shows me filters from the pollution monitoring stations in Earl's Court, west London.

The monitors replicate what we are breathing in. The filters within them go out white and return at the end of the day pitch black.

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ULEZ: The most radical plan you've never heard of

  • 26 March 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption The ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) will initially apply to the current congestion charge zone

You might not know what uLEZ stands for - but you will.

It stands for Ultra Low Emission Zone.

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Transport for London's budget deficit down but uncertainty looms

  • 20 March 2019
  • From the section London
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The latest somewhat indecipherable Transport for London (TfL) budget, says that its £1bn budget deficit is coming down.

The operating deficit of £968m in 2018/19 is now forecast to be almost halved to £500m by the end of 2018/19.

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Workplace parking tax considered by councils

  • 8 February 2019
  • From the section London
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Image caption Nottingham has raised more than £50m for sustainable transport projects since 2012

As budgets are squeezed, many councils are looking at other ways of raising revenue for transport schemes.

This week I went up to Nottingham to see their Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) which has been running since 2012 and it means companies have to pay for car parking spaces.

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