General Election 2017: Is pollution in London an issue?

  • 15 May 2017
  • From the section London
Girls at pollution protest
Image caption Schoolchildren and parents have been calling on politicians to clean up London's air

School has just finished but instead of going home, children stand in their uniforms on a stage asking politicians for help to clean up London's air.

They are standing next to a road which 45,000 vehicles use every day. Many of those are polluting diesels.

When you talk to them, the children are very aware of pollution and what it is doing to them. They worry about the effect it has on their lungs.

Parents stand around and clap and cheer.

Image caption Politicians from a number of parties attended the protest in Kennington

This group in Kennington is part of a growing movement where schoolchildren and parents are trying to get the air in London cleaned up. I have filmed groups in north London, in Soho and in Kennington.

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Outpaced by technology: Transport for London playing catch-up with minicabs

  • 3 May 2017
  • From the section London
Uber app above a taxi road marking Image copyright Reuters
Image caption There are now 118,000 licensed private hire drivers

If there is one area where technology has outpaced regulation in London - and in many other major cities - it has been the rapidly changing taxi and private hire market.

Successive mayors have tried to get the legislation to cap the increasing number of minicabs, driven in part by apps like Uber.

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Are driverless pods the future for world cities?

  • 5 April 2017
  • From the section London
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I've just spent a fascinating morning, being taken around North Greenwich in a driverless pod.

It has no steering wheel and is modelled on the white guided pods you may have seen at Heathrow Airport.

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Pollution solutions: Behavioural change

  • 7 March 2017
  • From the section London
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Image caption One of the first hybrid diesel and electric powered buses went into service on London's route 141 in March 2007

When I started first reporting on pollution in London, many moons ago, the real concern was particulate matter - the tiny particles mainly from traffic - that can cause health problems.

We still have episodes of high particulates in London - there was one a few weeks ago compounded by high levels of wood burning.

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Redrawing industrial relations could come at a cost

  • 23 February 2017
  • From the section London
Commuters wait outside Clapham Junction during a tube strike in London Image copyright Reuters

Yesterday there was a strike over driver relocation on the Central Line.

The day before saw a strike ballot on career progression with the part-time Night Tube drivers and a dispute over a "breakdown in industrial relations" with maintenance workers.

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Tube ticket office row resolved but at what cost?

  • 3 February 2017
  • From the section London
Tube strike Image copyright PA

It has been three long years in the making, but today it seems as if we have a resolution to the closure of Tube ticket offices.

On 21 November 2013, the then mayor Boris Johnson stood with the then head of London Underground (LU) Mike Brown and announced all ticket offices would be shut on the Tube network.

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Pollution in London from wood burning on the rise

  • 25 January 2017
  • From the section London
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Image caption Pollution from wood burners are on the rise

If there was one surprise from the recent very high pollution levels, it was the fact that according to King's College some of the pollution was due to "unusually high levels of domestic wood burning".

This is not to underestimate the contribution of traffic emissions but wood burning, according to the experts, was making up half of the pollution readings at some monitors at some sites - all exacerbated by low winds not blowing away pollutants.

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No resolution in sight in Southern row

  • 10 January 2017
  • From the section London
An information board advises passengers about strike action by Southern Rail outside Clapham Junction station Image copyright Getty Images

I watched the Southern strike special on Monday night on BBC One where the RMT's Mick Lynch clashed with Govia Thameslink Railway's Charles Horton.

While neither side changed position, what was striking was how animosity and virtually non-existent industrial relations seems to be preventing a deal.

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Tfl business plan: Flab, uncertainties & the biggest overhaul ever

  • 9 December 2016
  • From the section London
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Sadiq Khan's business plan sets out his priorities over the next five years at Transport for London (TfL).

It highlights cycling, tackling pollution and protecting investment as key areas.

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Autumn Statement: Is rail devolution in London dead?

  • 24 November 2016
  • From the section London
Train tracks around Clapham Junction Image copyright PA
Image caption Many services currently run at capacity

Sadiq Khan is not the first mayor to want more control over London's rail service.

Previous mayors have managed it - Ken Livingstone took over Silverlink and Boris Johnson gained control of West Anglia.

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