In an attempt to reduce rush hour traffic, Transport for London (TFL) and O2 are tracking the ‘mass movement of the population’ via smartphones. Using anonymised phone signals provided by the telecom giant, transport chiefs are working with engineering firm Aecom and Jacobs to “better understand transport patterns across London” as the capital’s population is forecast to grow by two million to 10.8 million by 2041. A representative from Aecom and Jacobs said: “The use of big data represents a significant step change” as the firm attempts to improve urban mobility. O2 says it scans 100 million aggregated and anonymous journeys nationwide each day. TFL has previously tracked commuters using in-station wi-fi networks to reduce crowding during busy hours and on busier routes. They
Uber's appeal against TFL’s decision, to not renew their licence will not be heard until the spring of 2018. Judge Emma Arbuthnot proposed two dates, April 30 or June 25th for the five-day trial at Westminster magistrates court on Monday morning. TFL’s decision came after the company was declared not “fit and proper” after a series of failures over passenger safety. TfL said that the company’s approach and conduct “demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.” The company is in the process of repairing its reputation after they were hit with several controversies including harassment and a data breach that is thought to have affected millions. Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi fle
Children’s lives could potentially be saved in the busy streets of London through the safety vests and jackets of Sasha Pinnock. Pinnock, 29 and a businesswoman, came up with the idea of safety vests after a serious scare earlier this year when her daughter, 8, was on a school trip and close to Westminster Bridge as a man mowed down pedestrians in a terrorist attack. The single mum had no idea where her child was or whether she was safe, until the teacher confirmed it. In an effort to give parents like herself peace of mind when their children went on field trips, Pinnock developed a patented design of safety vests that were reflective, water-proof, and most crucial of all, housed a GPS tracker placed inside a pocket. Connected to an app available on Android and iOS, the tracker would
Britain train fares will rise by an average of 3 per cent from January next year. All the fares on journeys in 2018 have been published, the biggest increase since 2013, including season tickets and off-peak leisure tickets. Passengers in the north of England will face an even greater increase, with Northern putting fares up by 4.7 per cent and TransPennine Express fares rising by 4.6 per cent. The Rail Delivery Group admitted it is a "significant" rise and unions describe the increase as “another kick in the teeth” for all passengers in UK. Reasons for the rail increase The main reason why rail fares will rise so high is that the pace of the rail system improvement has not kept up with the increasing number of rail passengers in the UK. During the last 14 years, the number of pas
Anyone looking to get their driver's licence in England, Scotland, or Wales will have to pass a more difficult test as of today, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). Test-takers will now face a longer period of independent driving, a section of satellite navigation, changes to reversing manoeuvres, and will be required to answer vehicle safety questions while driving. Northern Ireland has a different set of standards. The DVSA is facing criticism from some for the changes and have been accused of encouraging distracted driving. https://twitter.com/pedalparity/status/937474578909138945 https://twitter.com/Cheshy68/status/937473662139207680 https://twitter.com/IntrepidLewes/status/937606967689965568 Examiners are also unhappy and have begun ...
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