Crossrail: Concerns over governance and over-optimism

  • 12 September 2018
  • From the section London
Crossrail workers Image copyright PA
Image caption The project is due to open nine months after its scheduled launch

If there is a definition of infrastructure hubris, then Crossrail's mantra "on time and on budget" surely is it.

I'd be surprised if that phrase is ever used again.

Today at the London Assembly transport committee, we got more insight into how quickly the completion of the project unravelled.

What was very evident was a simmering frustration from the Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander.

Londoners will be pleased to learn 95% of stations are complete and all could have been finished by the end of the year apart from Bond Street.

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Leaked documents reveal biggest bus shake-up for decades

  • 22 August 2018
  • From the section London
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Image caption Many buses in central London are running nearly empty at peak times, according to TfL

Ken Livingstone increased the number of buses. Boris Johnson maintained them roughly at the same level. But now we are on the verge of Sadiq Khan looking to reduce services - or in Transport for London (TfL) lingo "streamline" them.

We revealed in February that the plan was for a 7% reduction across London by 2022. What is gradually emerging is how transport bosses intend to do it.

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Is Oxford Street pedestrianisation a pipe dream policy?

  • 4 July 2018
  • From the section London
Artist impression of what the pedestrianised area of Oxford Street will look like Image copyright AVRLondon/Mayor of London
Image caption The plans were for the area from Oxford Circus to near Selfridges to become traffic-free

Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe but it is highly polluted and one of the most dangerous in London.

Pedestrianising is also what I'll call a "pipe dream policy".

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How did it go so wrong for Govia Thameslink?

  • 24 May 2018
  • From the section London
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The headlines faded after day two but it has been an appallingly shocking week for nearly half a million Govia Thameslink commuters.

After all the grand talk of a great new timetable and 400 new trains, and more seats, commuters have been reduced to turning up at the station and hoping for the best.

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Will London's Oxford Street ever be pedestrianised?

  • 14 May 2018
  • From the section England
Artist impression of what the pedestrianised area of Oxford Street will look like Image copyright AVRLondon/Mayor of London
Image caption The area from Oxford Circus to near Selfridges could become traffic-free

It's one of the mayor's election pledges to pedestrianise London's Oxford Street.

It is not a pleasant shopping environment.

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Biggest timetable change ever: Expect teething problems

  • 25 April 2018
  • From the section London
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Image caption Every train time on the Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express is being changed

On 20 May a transport earthquake will rumble through the South East, affecting half a million commuters.

Existing timetables are being shredded and redrawn.

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Could e-bikes be the future?

  • 23 April 2018
  • From the section London
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Media captionAre e-Bikes the future of commuting in London?

I was panting my way up quite a steep climb on my bicycle, when suddenly a rider shot past me on what looked like a shopping bike.

Not only did this feel like a huge insult to my climbing prowess, what made it worse was the guy must have been over 65.

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Southeastern customers face worsening services

  • 18 April 2018
  • From the section London
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Image caption Network Rail has published a new report containing predictions about train punctuality

Rail commuters of South East London and Kent might want to sit down.

If you thought your commute was bad now, it will get worse for the next five years.

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How London battled the 'Beast from the East'

  • 5 March 2018
  • From the section London
Snow in Oxford Street Image copyright Jeff Overs/BBC
Image caption Snowfall beat footfall on Oxford Street

It was a week many won't forget with freezing temperatures, snow and ice.

Transport for London (TfL) said one in five commuters stayed away.

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Thameslink train seats likened to 'ironing boards'

  • 20 February 2018
  • From the section London
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Image caption Seats on new Thameslink trains likened to 'ironing boards'

These are the seats that would challenge the glutes of a Chippendale.

And this week the moans, gripes and aches and pains of numb-buttocked commuters finally hit the media.

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