Sunday, September 24News For London


Has Boris done enough to put London on the cycling map?

Environment, Health, Transport
London mayor Boris Johnson has only 12 weeks left in office. That’s 12 weeks to secure his legacy as the mayor who has transformed London into a city of cyclists. Has he done enough? It is true that there will be twice as many cyclists on London’s roads by 2020 if current growth rates are anything to go by; cycling in the capital has trebled since 2000. Around 645,000 journeys are made in London every day by bike. But look at this impressive statistic more closely, and you will see that cycling still makes up just 3% of all travel in London. Car journeys, albeit now at half the level they were in 2000, represent 5% of all travel. Nevertheless, figures released earlier this month by Transport for London (TfL) suggest that cyclists will outnumber motorists, in rush hour at least,

One lane out, two lanes in: London’s cycle highway divide

Environment, Transport
The government is planning to build four new and make improvements to the four existing highways by the end of 2016- but at what cost? The dust from the drilling of concrete lingers in the bitter cold air, as commuters walk single file to pass the metal fences overtaking half of the pavement. On the other side, engines hum from the long queues of motors at the traffic light, as builders are splitting a lane they have obtained. London’s roads are being divided. The people of London are on a constant mission to race against time. The journey between A and B is not so simple in the buzzing city, as the ongoing battle against congestion is one many travellers find difficult to avoid. The capital’s population is increasing at a staggering rate, making overcrowding and congestion a high

Uber and out: the battle for London’s streets

Business, Tech, Transport
The cacophonous din of some 8000 black taxis blasting their horns in sporadic unison tore through the afternoon of Wednesday the 10th of February. The usually bustling thoroughfare of Whitehall had been brought for a second time to a complete and surreal halt. For as far as could be seen in either direction, from Trafalgar Square to the Houses of Parliament, stretched row upon row of London’s iconic cabs. Centred outside of the guarded gates of Downing Street, the United Cabbies Group (UCG) and Rail, Maritime and Transport workers (RMT) protest had begun and the discontent was palpable. Since its 2012 London launch ‘ride’-hailing app Uber has angered the capital’s black cab industry by challenging, what has become to many, an outdated regulatory system. The company occupies a new s

London Chelsea: to build or not to build the new King’s Road Station. That, is the question?

The Chelsea Farmers Market in King’s Road could be demolished and substituted with the new station for Crossrail2. Amid oppositions by Chelsea residents, TfL confirms that this regional scheme will have a beneficial impact to London.   Off the busy King’s Road, just down Sydney Road, there is this quiet Chelsea Farmers Market. Besides its misleading name, this market offers a series of wooden shops selling a wide range of items, an organic supermarket, bars and restaurants. For many locals is the perfect place to have a steak and a glass of sangria during the summer time. However, all this will be over soon. The market will be demolished to make way to Crossrail2 and its new station in Chelsea King’s Road, one of the most expensive neighbourhoods in the world. Although 10,0
A closer look at London’s future super streets

A closer look at London’s future super streets

News, Transport
Walking or cycling along the streets of London is set to become a greener, more peaceful experience, following the launch of Transport for London's new future streets projects. Four street-improvement projects addressing congestion, noise pollution and air quality in London have been awarded grants from Transport for London's (TfL's) Future Streets Incubator Fund, it was revealed today. The new projects include plans to collect kinetic energy from shoppers off Oxford Street to improve air quality, and a pedestrian boulevard in Southwark to transform the 'rat race' into a pleasant stroll or cycle to work. The projects will be trialled in Southwark, Oxford Street, Blackwall Tunnel and Holborn as part of the  Mayor's £4bn Road Modernisation Plan. Intelligent Oxford Street An

London Mayor launches “no idling” scheme to boost air quality

Drivers using Tower Bridge must 'stop idling' and turn off their engines whilst the bridge is opening, the Boris Johnson has announced. From Thursday new road signs are being put in place as a simple approach to help inform drivers that there will be a long wait, saving them fuel and lowering emissions, according to the Mayor of London website. Tower Bridge is raised roughly 900 times a year, which affects the 31,000 vehicles that use the bridge to cross the river daily. The scheme, which is jointly funded by the Mayor and part of the Mayor's £20 Million Air Quality Fund (MAQF), has been delivered by Southwark and Tower Hamlets as a way to tackle air pollution. The fund was set up in 2013, to support boroughs improve air quality and reduce pollution for 10 years. Southwark

New passenger in Brockley station: Dorian the parrot

A domesticated parrot was spotted on Thursday early afternoon taking the overground train from Brockley station.   The London Overground passengers watched in surprise a parrot called Dorian, patiently waiting for the overgound train to come. Grimaldi, the owner of the volatile pet, came in the UK couple of months ago from Italy, with the intent to perform as a magician with Dorian in London. “Dorian wasn’t in the mood of flying today, so he preferred to get the train instead”, Grimaldi said. When finally the train arrived, Dorian didn't seem very convinced to get on, and Grimaldi had to straight his arm to encorage the parrot to follow him. Dorian and Grimaldi getting on overgraound train. Credit video: Shirly Bumaguin.  Amid curiosity from passengers and c

Record for passenger numbers in Heathrow and Gatwick

London's two rival airports Gatwick and Heathrow – both contending for the new runway - have reported record of the annual passenger numbers.   The Airport Council International Europe announced that London Gatwick is one of Europe’s fastest growing airports after this January record-breaking. The London Gatwick Airport said 2.5 million passengers travelled through the airport this January,  seeing a 5.7% increase on the previous year. The result of this passenger growth is due to more air traffic movements per hour and larger aircraft being used by airlines, according to Gatwick’s press release. The European routes grew by the +5.3% compared with January 2015, Gatwick said, with a noticeable growth on routes like Vienna (+76.6%), Funchal (+42.2%) and Dublin (+18.5%).

Relief for Gatwick locals: review published to reduce aircraft noise

#breakingnews, Transport
                  The Independent Review released plan for Gatwick Airport to reduce noise that impacts on people who live under the flight-path. The review summarises the four months consultation and technical exercises managed by Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake to identify key actions that could be done to lessen the impact of noise on Gatwick locals, according to Gatwick’s press release. Some of the recommendations could be operational within twelve months, which include: Reducing aircrafts holding over land. Modification of the Airbus A320 aircrafts to reduce the noise they produce during the approach phase of flight. To establish ‘noise management board’ to oversee strategies to deal around the airpo

BT prosecuted over series of roadwork offences

Telecoms giant BT has been prosecuted by Transport for London (TfL) for a series of roadwork offences around London. The company is being fined thousands of pounds after committing offences at four sites last year, according to TfL’s press release. BT has pleaded guilty to the following offences that took place in between June and July 2015: Working without a permit in Devonshire Road in Lewisham and Jamaica Road in Southwark Working in breach of permit conditions in Bath Road in Hillingdon Failing to serve a statutory work notice in the course of carrying out works in Colnbrook Bypass in Hillingdon The ‘repeat offender’ failed to pay the Fixed Penalty Notices issued and was fined £2,620 on top of TfL’s full prosecution costs of £3,500, giving a total of £6,000. Ga