Transport for London set to become private landlord to create revenue

  • 19 March 2015
  • From the section London
South Kensington Station
South Kensington station is on the list as one property which could be redeveloped and leased out

It runs the capital's trains and buses, and it already leases commercial space, but soon Transport for London (TfL) could be renting out flats.

Over the next 10 years, the organisation is looking to radically capitalise on its property portfolio to utilise another revenue stream after its government grant was cut.

It claims it has more developable sites in central London than anyone else and over the next decade will redevelop 50 of those sites, mainly in zones one and two, across 10m sq ft.

TfL said it intends to do this by entering into partnerships with property developers - it will put up the land while the developers will provide the bulk of the money and carry out the work, before both share the proceeds.

Housing, employment and investment

This could mean selling off properties, leasing some commercial units and renting out flats.

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Contactless payment continues to grow in London

  • 17 March 2015
  • From the section London
contactless card
Contactless payments have operated on London's bus network since December 2012

On a trip to the West End with my other half, she admitted she'd forgotten her Oyster card.

Instead of the normal teeth grinding and forking out the extortionate cost of a paper ticket, she informed me nonchalantly that she'd use her bank card.

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More bumps in the road for the New Bus for London

  • 11 March 2015
  • From the section London
New Routemaster
The New Bus for London has had battery issues

The march of the New Bus for London - or New Routemaster - as it has been rebranded, continues.

There are already 400 operating across 11 bus routes in the capital and by May there will be a total of 800.

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HS2 'U-turn' leads to uncertainty in Euston

  • 2 March 2015
  • From the section London
Hs2
HS2 will link London with Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds

The redevelopment of Euston station is meant to be the jewel in the high speed train line HS2's crown.

But the plans have changed so many times, it's becoming very difficult to keep up.

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Boris Johnson pushes on with Embankment cycle superhighway

  • 27 January 2015
  • From the section London
An artist's impression of part of the planned segregated cycle scheme
There would be two routes running from north-south and east-west London

The consultation process seemed to drag on and on but now London Mayor Boris Johnson has decided to go ahead with his contentious flagship cycle superhighway.

The plan is to put a single segregated cycle lane along Embankment to link Hyde Park with Tower Hill.

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London Bridge: Small errors snowball to create political headache

  • 22 January 2015
  • From the section London
London Bridge station at 18:00 on 5 January
London Bridge has experienced over crowding this month

It has been a dreadful few weeks for Network Rail.

There were engineering over-runs at King's Cross station on 27 December.

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Cycling Superhighways: Compromise and change

  • 16 December 2014
  • From the section London
An artist's impression of part of the planned segregated cycle scheme
There would be two routes running from north-south and east-west London

Last week I chaired a debate at the Centre for London on segregated cycle superhighways.

A number of groups including the Freight Transport Association, Federation of Small Businesses and Canary Wharf Group were there to voice some concerns.

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HS2: Residents' fear and anger in Ickenham

  • 25 November 2014
  • From the section London

Ickenham is an affluent, leafy suburb in north-west London.

But now due to the necessities of tunnel engineering it finds itself - along with Camden - at the forefront of the fight against HS2.

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Family of killed cyclist Janina Gehlau speaks out

  • 22 October 2014
  • From the section London

Yet again another family has travelled to London to find out why and how their daughter died cycling in the city.

Over the past year a French, Ukrainian and now a German family have been told their daughters have died after being in collision with an HGV.

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Opposition to River Thames garden bridge plan grows

  • 16 October 2014
  • From the section London

A proposed "garden bridge" will span the Thames between Temple and the South Bank and is billed as a beautiful garden area with 270 trees.

It has the high profile backing of the Mayor of London, actress Joanna Lumley and architect Thomas Heatherwick, who designed the new bus for London and the London Olympic cauldron.

Read full article Opposition to River Thames garden bridge plan grows