Monday, June 18News For London

Transport

New passenger in Brockley station: Dorian the parrot

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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

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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

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                  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

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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

Tomorrow’s Tube Strike Has Been Cancelled

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A 24 hour tube strike planned to be taking place tomorrow has been cancelled, a union has announced. The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) released a press release on their website confirming that the strike has been suspended. But the dispute on the Night Tube, station staffing and pay still remains. The General Secretary, Mick Cash said: "RMT's executive has agreed to suspend tomorrow's action over pay and night tube to allow for further consideration and consultation on the current offer. The union makes it clear that we remain in dispute and the strike action scheduled for February remains on. "RMT also remains in dispute over station staffing and the week of action on that issue, scheduled to begin from the seventh of February, also remains on and t