Southern Loathing: No end in sight for disruption for travellers

  • 14 June 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Latest performance figures show that only 30% of trains arrived within five minutes of the planned time

Commuters on Southern trains have had an appalling time recently.

Another 24 hour guard strike is set to take place next Tuesday, and the latest daily performance figures, which record the number of trains arriving within five minutes of the planned time, were shockingly low at just 30%.

That will not be a surprise, as commuters on those services are stuck in the middle of a perfect storm.

There is the ongoing Thameslink upgrade work at London Bridge which means there is a lack of capability there to handle any disruption well.

On top of that, there is now an extremely ugly and acrimonious industrial dispute over changing guards' roles and moving towards Driver Only Operations (DOO). Two strikes have already been held.

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Image caption Southern trains in London currently run without guards

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The transport legacy of outgoing mayor Boris Johnson

  • 6 May 2016
  • From the section London

Is it really eight years ago that Boris Johnson first became London's mayor?

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Image caption The Queen opening Crossrail, which has been named after her as Elizabeth Line

My time covering transport at BBC London has nearly mirrored his in office - and so as he departs I thought it timely to put down some non-definitive thoughts.

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London cycling: A mainstream policy

  • 29 April 2016
  • From the section London
Cyclists in London
Image caption Cycling has now become a mainstream policy in London politics

I watched the recent Times hustings on cycling with great interest.

Four years ago, this was where we saw Boris Johnson - the cycling mayor - booed by cyclists and his look of surprise is one I will not forget.

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Southern: Technological change versus people - again

  • 27 April 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Southern Trains want drivers to control the doors whereas unions say this is dangerous

As the rail strike winds down on Southern trains, one thing struck me about the arguments around this latest dispute over conductors.

The friction between workers and management in many disputes is due to changes caused by the introduction of new technology.

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Is the vision for London's transport radical enough?

  • 7 April 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption The Government is to withdraw £2.8bn from Transport for London's operational budget by 2018/19

You can sum up the challenges facing London transport long-term broadly as population growth and money.

How does London pay for more infrastructure as funding shrinks and the population grows?

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LU to replace Tube staff's blunder boots

  • 6 April 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Station staff can work close to electricity supplies particularly when doing maintenance or repairs

New boots issued to thousands of London Underground's (LU) Tube workers are not fit for purpose and will have to be replaced, it has emerged.

In an email sent to all staff, bosses admitted there is an issue with new boots worn by staff as they contain metal "above the insulated sole and beneath the insole".

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Mayoral hopefuls differ on best route to transport goals

  • 30 March 2016
  • From the section London
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Transport for London (TfL) has an annual budget of about £11bn, of which 42% comes from fares - meaning it is an extremely important area for mayoral policies.

On Wednesday we had two big announcements on transport; but there are still questions.

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Nearly 500 New Routemasters recalled due to steering problem

  • 16 March 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Hundreds of buses were recalled as the power assisted steering may 'become non-functional'

It hasn't been a smooth ride for London Mayor Boris Johnson's flagship New Bus for London, or as it has been more recently rebranded the New Routemaster.

At the moment there are 700 in service. And putting aesthetics to one side, technically there have been problems and now we can reveal there have been more - this time concerning the power steering.

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London transport: Exactly how costly are those fare freezes?

  • 11 February 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Will the costings of a fares freeze policy now come down to an argument over inflation assumptions?

On Wednesday we got a little enlightenment around the costs of a four-year fares freeze, as well as a bit more murk and some caveats.

Transport Commissioner Mike Brown confirmed publicly a four-year freeze will cost Transport for London (TfL) £1.9bn during the five years of its business plan.

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Why there could be a 48-hour Tube station staff strike this weekend

  • 5 February 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Some stations could be closed due to the strike

On 5 February 2014 there was a strike on the Tube over ticket office closures.

At the time I described the changes as some of the most radical in the history of the Tube.

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