Coronavirus: London transport workers 'dropping like flies'

  • 25 March 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption The Tube network has been hugely reduced with 40 stations shut and many services cut back

Images of London's rammed Tube carriages have been all over the media and there has been little chance for many key workers using the service to stay two metres away from others.

While the problem has eased slightly today, there is still overcrowding in places.

The mayor has blamed non-essential travel, aiming in particular at construction workers, but the government says Transport for London (TfL) should run more trains. (There is also disagreement over whether construction workers should be deemed essential - the mayor thinks they shouldn't).

That has led to an almighty row and the unions and transport workers have found themselves - for once - on the side of TfL management who say they can't run any more trains due to sickness.

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Image caption Busy services have meant it is impossible at times for people to be two metres away from others

Numerous transport workers, critical staff themselves, have direct messaged me via Twitter and they are furious:

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Image caption Sadiq Khan has called for Londoners "to do the right thing and stay at home"

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Tube dust: Union demands tests into 'toxic' particles

  • 3 March 2020
  • From the section London
Man wearing a dust mask on Tube
Image caption Justin McKie who has asthma says the Tube makes his condition worse and he has had to wear a mask

Staff on the London Underground are demanding more is done to assess the effects of breathing in Tube dust.

The Aslef union is calling for urgent research into the long-term impact of inhaling the particles.

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Smart cities: How data and artificial intelligence could change London

  • 3 February 2020
  • From the section London
Data showing all the different vehicles which use the road Image copyright TfL
Image caption It is thought planners could use the data to improve traffic hotspots

With growing pressure to cut carbon emissions and reduce the number of vehicles on the road, some small cameras could help provide the answer to London's emission woes.

You could easily miss it.

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Climate change: The challenges facing London

  • 20 January 2020
  • From the section London
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Image caption Sadiq Khan wants the capital to be carbon neutral by 2030

Figures show that out of every English region, London has the lowest carbon emissions per person.

In part that is due to high population density, extensive public transport and a comparative lack of heavy industry.

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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.

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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
Hampstead Heath
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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