Saturday, January 18News For London

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South Western Railway strike

South Western Railway strike

train strike, Transport
After a short break on 12 December, the election day, the long-term industrial action over the role of guard continued until 2th January 2020.   Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT), which represents South Western Railway union members, and the South Western Railway (SWR) company have argued a long time about the issue: do the train driver or guard should conduct the door and responsible to the platform’s safety? Particularly in next year, new 90 trains would be launched to run.        Johnson, a South Western Railway customer assistant at Waterloo station said to Westminster World: “so it should to have selection, driver or guard, on the peak hour. To be honest, it seems we don’t have enough money, I think the driver need somebody to assis
Uber attempts to regain London operating licence

Uber attempts to regain London operating licence

Breaking News, London, TFL, Transport, Uber, UK news, Uncategorized
Uber app (Image: thesun) Uber fights back against U.K. regulator’s decision to revoke its operating license in London which will put its biggest market in Europe at risk.  Uber Technologies Inc. has appealed against Transport for London's (TFL) decision to revoke its operating license to work in the UK's capital due to a “pattern of failures” in safety and security.  Following this news, Uber released a statement describing the decision as "extraordinary and wrong”. The taxi app firm’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said safety is its “top priority” after the appeal was filed at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on the 13 December. “We are committed to Londoners and are working closely with TfL to address their concerns and reques
“Horrific” and “unreasonable” strikes aren’t helping train guards’ cause

“Horrific” and “unreasonable” strikes aren’t helping train guards’ cause

Breaking News, News, ReportingWeek2, Transport, Travel
Whilst the public are calling for an “agreement” or an alternative to striking, many commuters aren’t “clued in” about why the strikes are taking place. Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) Union members are striking for the next 20 days over the role and responsibilities of train guards on board. The RSSB Rail Safety and Standards Board found that between 2010 and 2015, there were more platform safety incidents on conductor only operated trains. South Western Railway (SWR) trains were subject to more delays due to engineering works this weekend, leaving passengers to face more cancellations in the lead up to Christmas. The SWR train routes link suburbs and regional areas to the UK’s busiest station London Waterloo. More than 800 services have been cut and trains will not
Londoners insist travel in London is overpriced but welcome TfL fares freeze

Londoners insist travel in London is overpriced but welcome TfL fares freeze

Breaking News, Transport, Travel
By Beth Keeley Londoners believe travel in London is still too expensive despite TfL announcing fares will stay the same for another year. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed the price freeze for the fourth year in a row. The freeze on fares for buses, trams, tubes and DLR journeys will last until 2020. One Londoner complaining of the price of travel said: “The cost of living is very high in London so it would help if the cost of travelling was subsidized more.” Another said: “It’s nice that prices are going to be frozen but it’s still overpriced.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=-RrJHrQbJK8&feature=emb_logo This is the final part of a four year commitment the Mayor made in 2016, when he promised to freeze TfL fares. The Mayor’s TfL fares fr
Commuter satisfaction remains high despite overcrowded trains

Commuter satisfaction remains high despite overcrowded trains

Breaking News, Transport, Travel, Uncategorized
  Fast, overcrowded, unreliable, noisy, convenient… People from all across the world have an opinion on the London Underground. Especially the four million Londoners who use it to get around everyday. On the morning that a tragic incident at the Victoria tube station caused major disruption to the morning commute of several Londoners, we asked them what they really thought of London’s iconic public transit service. Interviews with the general public revealed that people were generally happy with the service that TFL provided with nearly all the interviewees commenting positively on the speed and overall reliability of the service. This is in line with the latest Transport for London performance figures showing user satisfaction at 85%. Regarding track failures and b

Racial and gender bias: Is there more to driving tests than just driving?

Breaking News, International, LifeStyle, London, News, ReportingWeek1, Social media, Transport
Racial and gender prejudices take charge as UK driving test statistics reveal all. Data shows women and people of colour have a lower passing rate. According to a survey held by the Department for Transport, women had a lesser passing rate in practical tests than men. The survey also revealed that 45.4 percent candidates were aged between 16 to 20 years. Additionally, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) revealed that black women had only a 32 percent pass rate. Motorbike and moped license reports present comparable results as women showed a 50 percent passing rate when compared to men’s passing rate which stands at a 72 percent. In response to the above statistics DVSA Chief Driving Examiner Mark Winn provided Westminster World with the following statement: “DVSA
Want a blind chat on the tube for free?

Want a blind chat on the tube for free?

London, News, Social media, Technology, Transport, Tube
If you want to have a chat with someone you don’t know on the tube, it is much easier now. Tubechat searching for other users outside the underground station © Zhenyi Lu A new app called TubeChat will free you from "no service" underground. Turning on the Bluetooth, you can break the ice with fellow commuters within 200 metres right away. Other functions like a group chat up to 10 people and playing I Spy are also accessible.                                                     The screenshot of TubeChat But does everyone want to participate? Several people gave us their opinions. It turned out that especially for young Londoners, they seem to be very open to the app. They find it interesting to chat with strangers and socialise. But the app’s price would be a main factor for t
Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

Breaking News, Bus, DontUse, London, News, Technology, Transport, Travel, Tube
In an attempt to reduce rush hour traffic, Transport for London (TFL) and O2 are tracking the ‘mass movement of the population’ via smartphones. Using anonymised phone signals provided by the telecom giant, transport chiefs are working with engineering firm Aecom and Jacobs to “better understand transport patterns across London” as the capital’s population is forecast to grow by two million to 10.8 million by 2041. A representative from Aecom and Jacobs said: “The use of big data represents a significant step change” as the firm attempts to improve urban mobility. O2 says it scans 100 million aggregated and anonymous journeys nationwide each day. TFL has previously tracked commuters using in-station wi-fi networks to reduce crowding during busy hours and on busier routes. They
Uber appeal faces further setback

Uber appeal faces further setback

Transport, Uncategorized
Uber is set to remain on London's streets as appeal is set for spring 2018 The US car-hailling company's appeal will not be heard until as early as April next year. Leaving cars on London streets for several months or more. Uber's license was revoked in September as TFL declared the company was not "fit and proper" to operate in the capital  and that its policies could "public safety and security implications" after accusations of failure to handle passenger safety. While the company's chief executive has apologised, Uber says it hopes to continue "constructive talks" with TfL. In hopes of winning TFL's approval once more, while a legal appeal against the ban has allowed it to continue operating in London without a licence until its heard.   Uber’s appeal against TfL’
Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Uber’s appeal will not be heard until Spring 2018

Business, economy, London, London Mayor, News, Tech, Transport
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018. Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning. TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety. TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle