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
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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
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
London Fire Brigade is working to pump water out of basements and restore normalcy to the area Hundreds of London residents were displaced when a 36-inch water pipe in Islington burst today at 4am, causing severe floods. London Fire Brigade, who has been working with Thames Water for the past 12 hours, and has finally stopped the flow, causing northbound roads in the area to re-open. Islington, one of the wealthiest boroughs in London, was under six feet of water since morning. Residents were carried out by fire fighters and relocated to nearby pub,the Steam Passage Tavern. The property damage from the flooding is estimated to be over millions of pounds, as gallons of water filled basements, rooms, and destroyed gardens and fences. Among those owning property in Islington is the Foreig...
Hundreds of Piccadilly line drivers will stage a 24 hour walk out, over a "breakdown in industrial relations", according to the RMT union. Rail Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members will begin the first of three 24 hour strikes on Wednesday 9PM. The walk out will mean that there will be no service on one of the busiest lines on London's Tube network all day Thursday. An estimated 600,000 passengers use the London Underground line daily, due to being the only Tube line to Heathrow. Transport for London (TfL) have advised for "customers travelling between Heathrow airport and central London, Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express services will be available to and from London Paddington station." The RMT union have said there are several issues which have led for strike a
Reports of sexual harassments on London transport has increased by 40 per cent in the last year. This is an issue that is becoming increasingly important in London’s mayoral election in May. The man in the opposite seat stared at her. He then asked her to sit next to him. He continued to talk to her and she was ignoring him. She knew she had to pass him to leave the crowded train, but she had no choice. When she passed him, she felt a slap on her bottom. Most women have experienced sexual harassment like that described above. “I don’t take the tube anymore, or at least I try to avoid it,” the girl still in her teenage years admits. More analogous episodes are happening daily on crowded London transport. What will London’s upcoming Mayoral candidates do to solve this problem? Vic
The most awaited night London Underground has been confirmed to be launched in August 2016, sources have revealed. Transport for London (TfL) has not officially agreed the date of the finally night tube. However, reports stated that the plan is to begin to run it line by line. Jubilee and Victoria lines will be the first to work, with a 24-hours service on Fridays and Saturday from the month of August. Whereas, the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines will nightly operate from September. A TfL spokesman said: “There is a high demand from the public to find out when the night tube will be implemented. We are very keen to deliver it to London as quickly as possible.” The London Underground (LU) is creating 700 new jobs to run the Night Tube service - offering tot
The Westminster to Barking section of the new cycle superhighway will open on April 30th, Boris Johnson has announced. The Mayor of London said cyclists will be able to travel Westminster, Tower Hill, Canary Wharf and Barking just days before leaving office, according to reports. The 12 mile route will link east and west London, with separate lanes on the road to divide cyclists from passing vehicles. Mr Johnson said that this will be the longest segregated cycle in a European City, however construction for the remainder of the £47m "Crossrail for Cyclists" link will not be completed until later this year. When commenting on the impact of motorists, he said, "I am immensely encouraged by the evidence from Vauxhall showing that now the scheme there is finished, the flow of tra
Up to 19 incoming flights have been redirected and many have been delayed following a spillage on London's Gatwick runway. From Monday at 10.15am, planes were not allowed to take off or land until the run way reopened roughly an hour later. https://twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport/status/704260024072327168 https://twitter.com/Gatwick_Airport/status/704269107915579392 Reports have circulated that the spillage, now cleared, was due to a Virgin Boeing 747 that leaked oil upon landing, according to The Independent. Passengers waiting at Gatwick expressed their frustrations as Claire Rowlands tweeted: https://twitter.com/clurr/status/704261686010712064 With over 40 million passengers passing through the airport, Gatwick is the second largest airport in Britain.
EasyJet has suspended for summer 2016 all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from Manchester, Luton and Gatwick but it opened a new route from London Southend Airport to Paris. After a bomb was smuggled into a Russian flight at the Egyptian airport, all flights between UK and Sharm el Sheikh were suspended since November 4, by following UK Government advice. However, if the UK Government will give the ‘go ahead’, the British airline will resume the flights to Red Sea from Stansted airport from May 29. "We have no confirmation from the UK Government that we will be able to resume flights yet, but if we are these will be the only EasyJet flights to Sharm el-Sheikh this summer,” a spokesman said today. While the waiting for the resume of flights to the Egyptian destination