Monday, November 20News For London

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London buses to be run by coffee to reduce pollution

London buses to be run by coffee to reduce pollution

Bus, Environment, Transport
Coffee has many uses. People drink it to wake up in the morning, and now it is going to be used to fuel buses in London as of today, 20 November. Shell and bio-bean announced that together they are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The B20 biofuel contains a 20% bio-component which is partly coffee oil. It is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and will help to power some of the buses.     Biofuel provides a cleaner, more sustainable energy solution for buses across London’s network by decreasing emissions, according to TFL. “Our Coffee Logs have already become the fuel of choice for households looking for a high-performance, sustainable way to heat their homes – and now, with the support
Today, London Buses to be powered by coffee grounds

Today, London Buses to be powered by coffee grounds

#breakingnews, Bus, Transport
Waste coffee grounds will be used to fuel some London’s buses, Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean clean technology company revealed. A new biofuel that contains oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is added to the London bus public transport fuel supply chain. The oil is without need for modification. Bio bean said Londoner average drinks 2.3 cups of coffee a day, which produces over 200 thousand tonnes of waste a year and much of waste ends in landfill. The British coffee association also said UK people consumed 55 million cups of coffee per day. The company currently has produced 6000 litres, sufficient to power one bus a year and is collecting waste coffee grounds from high street coffee shop chains and instant coffee factories. Bio-bean’s founder Arthur Kay said the develo
It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

It’s a green light by regulators to reduce traffic on highways

#breakingnews, Breaking News, Transport, Travel
With a great increase in traffic seen over the past few years, steps have been made by Highways England to ensure that there is a significant balance and control over this situation. According to Highways England traffic lights are to be placed on M6 and M62, the two busiest link roads to ease motorway congestion. The system testing have already begun, near Warrington in Cheshire and is expected to perform fully in December. Traffic lights were previously installed only on motorway slip roads. This could be completely rolled out if the £7m trial is successful, said a spokesman. The Highway England also said that electronic information signs and variable mandatory speed limits will be used on M62 to “provide smoother traffic flows”. PHOTO CREDITS: FLICKR Compared to any other ty
Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Mayor Khan: 33 people below the age of 25 killed by knife this year

Housing, Politics, Transport
The Mayor stressed that safety in London is “the most important responsibility” he has, when he was talking about it in People’s Question Time in Dagenham last Thursday. “As we continue to face an unprecedented terrorist threat, it’s a tough part of my job,” the Mayor said, “But we are lucky to have the best police force in the world.” Khan reminded the attendees that the police showed “incredible bravery in recent months”. He also emphasised that he is all the time in close touch with the Metropolitan police. “I am working with the Met every day to keep our city safe and to ensure we are prepared as possible.” But the main concern of those who asked the Mayor in the meeting was knife crime. A mother, Dagenham, raised the issue by saying that her son was stabbed a
Bacon assumes TfL and Uber are headed towards negotiations

Bacon assumes TfL and Uber are headed towards negotiations

Bus, economy, EU investment, EU talents, International, Media, News, Transport, Travel, Tube
“Uber and TfL are headed towards a negotiation” said Conservative Party Member Gareth Bacon. “I personally think that Uber will offer a concession which TfL will probably accept”, said Bacon. Speaking at City Hall, Sadiq Khan said, “Uber has taken a U-turn but it is important all companies in London to play by the rules and adhere to the high standards expected”. Uber had its license revoked by Tfl claiming that the approach and conduct of the transport service demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications. According to the 15th mayor’s report to the London Assembly, the allegations against Uber include its approach to reporting serious criminal offences, explaining the use of Greyb
Young Londoners in Green Park: We support T-charge plan but other measures should be taken

Young Londoners in Green Park: We support T-charge plan but other measures should be taken

Politics, Transport
Many Londoners who were in Green Park last weekend said they had supported the “T-Charge”, which they considered as a starting point in the right direction to reduce air pollution in London. Roger Thornhill, 19, Crystal Palace, is one of the younger Londoners who are affected by air poor quality. He said that he spent a period in Glasgow for this reason. He showed a strong support to the Mayor’s new plan because thousands of people are suffering like him. “I think it’s good, they need to be more harsh, charge more money,” Roger said, “because cars are really bad.” Mayor Khan’s T-Charge plan came into force last week. It imposes an extra 10 pound on drivers of old diesel and petrol cars when they enter the “Congestion Charge Zone”. Roger also wanted to see other measures
Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Bus, Politics, Transport, Travel, Tube
Mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday committed to meeting with GLA Member Keith Prince and representatives of the Alzheimer’s Society to discuss ideas for making TfL journeys better for patients of ‘invisible impairments’, including dementia. Provisions for Alzheimer patients who use TfL services under Khan’s Transport Strategy were on the agenda during last week’s Question Time. Reiterating his commitment to making London the world’s first dementia-friendly capital, Khan paid special emphasis to improving Underground services to accommodate patients of dementia, especially staff training. “Since I became Mayor, TfL has hired 650 new staff; they’re all being trained in assisting customers with accessibility requirements, including people with invisible impairments. A trained Dementia Friends C
Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

Olympic Legacy: Gold and Dust

#breakingnews, Culture, economy, Environment, Housing, News, Politics, Radio, Sport, Transport
From July 25 to August 12, London hosted the XXX Olympic Games. The event was introduced by local and national authorities as an unmissable opportunity to transform the city. East London was to become a symbol of the city of the future, with affordable homes, open green spaces and sustainable means of transport. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was designed and built in a huge junction between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. Massive public investments were promised to provide the communities with social, cultural and sporting facilities. An old, traditional and active industrial area was evicted. Following a controversial compulsory purchase, dozens of businesses were forced to leave and hundreds of neighbours were relocated. Around £10bn were spent. Fi
Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

Southern Rail strikes: everything you need to know

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LATEST UPDATE: “Customers are advised that stations will be incredibly busy” From tomorrow onwards, there will be several reductions on Southern Rail services, as well as those on London underground and overground which are expected to be busier due to the strike. From 13-16 December, passengers will experience "no Southern Rail service" and were told to expect decreased train services on the Circle and Hammersmith, City, and Piccadilly lines.  The company has advised passengers to avoid travelling at peak times and pan journeys in advanced. During the first three days of the strikes, passengers have experienced massive and according to BBC report, only 50% of the Southern services were available for service. Southern has reported that the former planned date for the strike on
Sadiq Khan wants to overcome Boris Johnson’s efforts by announcing a £770m cycling fund

Sadiq Khan wants to overcome Boris Johnson’s efforts by announcing a £770m cycling fund

Environment, News, ReportingWeek1, Transport
The Mayor of London announced a ‘record investment’ in cycling initiatives. He promised £770m to be spent over the next five years. On Monday morning, Sadiq Khan presented an ambitious plan to increase cyclist numbers. The announcement came after his administration was criticized for not being as strong in committing to new bike routes as his predecessor Boris Johnson. The fund is part of Transport for London’s draft business plan, and will involve spending £154 million a year for infrastructure and promoting cycling. This is £4 million less than the £158 million spent last year by Boris Johnson. However, Mr. Khan's cycling schemes promises double the amount of money spent by the former Mayor over his second four-year term, which was £302 million. Two new Cycle Superhighways to se