Friday, October 19News For London


London Night Tube – Confirmed for summer 2016

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

London East-West Cycle Highway Will Open Next Month

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

Flights Delayed at Gatwick After Spillage

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. 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: With over 40 million passengers passing through the airport, Gatwick is the second largest airport in Britain.

EasyJet: a new flight to Paris no flights to Sharm.

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

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