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.

And if you think the delay to the east-west line doesn't affect you - I'm sorry to say it might.

The reduction in revenue until it opens is being estimated by the credit agency Moody's at around £1bn.

That is on top of a government grant reduction (£700m average per year) and the cost of the mayor's own fares freeze (£640m until 2020).

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Image caption Crossrail was originally due to open in December 2018

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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
ULEZ sign
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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Timetable debacles and Crossrail delays: London transport review of 2018

  • 28 December 2018
  • From the section London

This is by no means definitive but here is my brief review of 2018 which has in some ways been defined by one theme - poor delivery.

However, I am not going to just focus on negatives. It is Christmas after all.

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How do you stop deaths on London's roads?

  • 13 November 2018
  • From the section London
Man cycling past sign saying: Stop cycle deaths
Image caption More than 130 people died on the roads in London in 2017 while 3,750 people were injured

One appalling reality is that deaths on the roads are regarded by some as "part of living in a busy city".

Many road deaths are not reported at all.

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Will the new Thames Clipper increase river travel?

  • 12 November 2018
  • From the section London
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Image caption In 2016-17, there were 10.6m journeys on all river services combined

A Thames Clipper commuter today told me her trip to work was "life enhancing".

I have never heard anyone describe their journey like that before.

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What did London get out of the budget?

  • 30 October 2018
  • From the section London
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There weren't any big ticket transport items for the capital in the Budget 2018 - and it led the mayor to call it "anti-London". So is it?

Well if you go through the chancellor's red book it doesn't do much to change your opinion.

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The politics of pedestrianisation

  • 26 October 2018
  • From the section London
Image caption Whatever route authorities take, they can't please everyone when it comes to pedestrianisation

If you walk through the City of London at 08:30 in the morning, you can't fail to notice just how packed the pavements are.

Going against the tide of people is extremely difficult in an environment that is just not designed for walking.

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