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‘TfL doesn’t help’: Passengers trapped on Elizabeth Line charged up to £26 for chaotic journey

‘TfL doesn’t help’: Passengers trapped on Elizabeth Line charged up to £26 for chaotic journey

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Commuters were charged between £8.80 to £26 for their travel. Image by Mathias Reding from Pexels Elizabeth Line commuters who were stranded for hours in the dark last week are facing fresh horrors for exceeding Transport for London’s ‘maximum journey time’. Hundreds of passengers were left in the dark for up to four hours on Thursday 7 December, as damage to overhead cables in Ladbroke Grove severely disrupted trains operated by the Elizabeth Line, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Heathrow Express. Social media footage from the evening rush hour showed passengers trapped in cold, dark carriages without power. An hour into the chaos, some were urged to jump off the train and use the tracks as lavatories. The commuters were eventually evacuated from the trains and had to walk along
Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

Drivers complaint: ULEZ expansion will affect us badly.

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Credit: David Hawgood Since 2019 ULEZ has been a program that is helping London in reduce Car Pollution. But how far can this program push people to change? Car pollution has always been a big problem for prominent cities and their citizen. In 2019 the UK Government decided to start a program for the city's centre named ULEZ. Whoever would transit for central London has to pay around £12 a day to transit. Those who do not pay the daily tax could get a fine of about £160. As reported on the government website, central London has raised £174k yearly from this tax, which is used to help London transport. By August 2023 ULEZ Zone will be expanded in all of Greater London. 80% of the consultation is against the ULEZ Zone and members of the movement No ULEZ is ready to
The next three weeks to the new year resemble an advent calendar of disruption

The next three weeks to the new year resemble an advent calendar of disruption

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The next three weeks to the new year seem like an advent calendar of disruption, as nurses, transport workers, postal workers, baggage handlers, and others have scheduled strikes. Credit: Mellina Shahrom These are all kinds of strike disruptions that we can expect. This is largely about pay. As prices rise, wages are not, on the whole, keeping up and statistically, that gap is greater for the public sector. Credit: Mellina Shahrom This is what is happening this week. There will be four days of rail disruption as 40,000 workers walk out. And more than 100,000 Royal Mail workers will participate in two days of strike action this week. As we are edging closer to Christmas, expect disruption to deliveries. Learner drivers are being urged to check if their practical driving test...
Want a blind chat on the tube for free?

Want a blind chat on the tube for free?

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If you want to have a chat with someone you don’t know on the tube, it is much easier now. Tubechat searching for other users outside the underground station © Zhenyi Lu A new app called TubeChat will free you from "no service" underground. Turning on the Bluetooth, you can break the ice with fellow commuters within 200 metres right away. Other functions like a group chat up to 10 people and playing I Spy are also accessible.                                                     The screenshot of TubeChat But does everyone want to participate? Several people gave us their opinions. It turned out that especially for young Londoners, they seem to be very open to the app. They find it interesting to chat with strangers and socialise. But the app’s price would be a main factor for t
Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

Privacy concerns as TFL and O2 track commuters’ movements

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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
Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

Homophobic tube assault reveals how likely Londoners are to intervene

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Two teenagers have been arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of an anti-gay assault in London, which happened on 21 October. The assault has raised a question about how likely Londoners are to intervene when public attacks occur. A 19-year-old teenager and his friends were travelling on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwhich. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event that night when two men boarded the train at West Ham and became verbally abusive. Police claimed that the offenders were aggressive when challenged and forced the teenager into a headlock, snatched his phone and threatened to stab him. BTP said in a statement: "They demanded the victim apologise for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to br
Teenager forced to apologise for being gay

Teenager forced to apologise for being gay

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Police are searching for two London youths after a teenager was physically and verbally attacked on the Jubilee Line in East London. British Transport Police (BTP) claim a 19-year-old male was placed into a headlock and continuously strangled until he eventually surrendered into doing what they told him. He was left gasping for air and struggling to breathe. The incident occurred while the victim and his friends were heading westbound on the Jubilee Line train between West Ham and North Greenwich on 21 October at around 11:10am. A man was abused, placed in a headlock and told to apologise for being gay in a homophobic assault on a Jubilee line train. Do you recognise these people? We'd like to speak to them in connection with the incident. Please text 61016 if you know them. htt...
Bacon assumes TfL and Uber are headed towards negotiations

Bacon assumes TfL and Uber are headed towards negotiations

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“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
Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

Sadiq Khan Promises To Make TfL Services More Dementia-Friendly

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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
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