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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 as prepared as possible.” But the main concern of those who questioned the Mayor was knife crime. A mother from Dagenham raised the issue by saying that her son was stabbed and died last ye
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 are supporting Mayor’s T-charge plan

Young Londoners are supporting Mayor’s T-charge plan

Politics, Transport
Many Londoners who were in Green Park last weekend said they had supported the toxic charge, commonly known as the “T-Charge”, which they considered as a starting point to reduce air pollution in London. Roger Thornhill, 19, Crystal Palace, is one of the younger Londoners who are affected by poor air quality. He said that he spent a period in Glasgow for this reason. He showed strong support for 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 pounds 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
Islington flooding under control as northbound roads re-open

Islington flooding under control as northbound roads re-open

#breakingnews, ReportingWeek1, Transport, Uncategorized
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...

Piccadilly Tube drivers set to walk out on strike

#breakingnews, Transport, Tube
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
Sexual harassment on tube set to become election issue?

Sexual harassment on tube set to become election issue?

Politics, Transport, Tube
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