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.

Although the detail is now completely submerged in vitriol, I think it's worth recapping what this dispute is meant to be about.

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) wants to introduce driver-only operation (DOO) also known as driver controlled operation (DCO).

Even there, the confusion starts.

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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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Croydon Tram derailment: Definitive answers could be a while

  • 14 November 2016
  • From the section London
Overturned tram Image copyright EPA
Image caption British Transport Police has arrested the driver

It would have been cold, windy, wet and still dark as the commuters got onto the Croydon tram at about 06:00.

This was an everyday commute that passengers had probably done many times. The tram was busy.

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Pollution politics: Mayor's plans won't clean up London's air without help

  • 10 November 2016
  • From the section London
Pollution monitoring stations
Image caption Many pollution monitoring stations across London show areas are breaking legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide

Pollution is a health scandal that is estimated to prematurely kill nearly 10,000 Londoners a year.

Yet because it is mainly invisible and the impacts on the body can take decades to appear, it has largely escaped political action.

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Heathrow or Gatwick: Final decision could be two years away

  • 19 October 2016
  • From the section London
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If the history of UK infrastructure tells us anything, deciding to build something is a very different proposition to actually doing it.

That is particularly true around the thorny and politically toxic issue of aviation.

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Challenges in the way for the mayor to take over London rail routes

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

The suburban rail routes around London are crucial to thousands of commuters a day, so how can the mayor exert control over them?

Every mayor has attempted to take them over.

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Night Tube: Facts and figures about the new service

  • 7 October 2016
  • From the section London
Passengers pose for a photograph as they wait for the Night Tube Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Oxford Circus is the most popular station during the Night tube service so far

After all those false dawns, strikes and a year of delays, nothing now seems to be stopping the roll out of the Night Tube.

Tonight the Jubilee joins the Central and the Victoria line, with the Northern Line set to start on Friday 18 November.

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Beginning of the end for the New Routemaster

  • 9 September 2016
  • From the section London
New Rouetmaster bus Image copyright AP
Image caption After next summer, there will be no more New Routemaster buses ordered

They say politics and transport are deeply entwined and nowhere more so than in London.

Certainly today there was a stark illustration of that, as it has emerged the New Routemaster project (aka the New Bus for London) is in its death throes.

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Two Mayors: Similar backgrounds and similar aims to tackle pollution

  • 26 August 2016
  • From the section London
Sadiq Khan and Anne Hildalgo Image copyright PA
Image caption The two mayors have both made tackling pollution a priority

The mayors of London and Paris have aligned themselves as allies - but do their views on how to tackle pollution differ?

I spent an extremely interesting day watching and talking to the mayors of Paris and London.

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