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.

It is the technology which means transport bosses think they can then change roles.

In this dispute, Southern wants the driver (and not the conductor) to have control of the doors. It claims the driver can now do this safely as he has CCTV.

That is a similar argument to the changes implemented on the Tube and the closure of ticket offices.

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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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TfL's new bus safety plans are 'victory for survivors' says man hit by bus

  • 1 February 2016
  • From the section London

Tom Kearney was in Oxford Street standing on the pavement when he was hit from behind by a bus's wing mirror.

It put him in a coma and punctured both his lungs.

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Sadiq Khan's fare freeze would cost £1.9bn, says TfL

  • 29 January 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Sadiq Khan wants to freeze London transport fares

Transport for London (TfL) says Labour's costing of its fares freeze is wrong and doesn't take into account the impact Crossrail will have on passenger numbers.

The Labour mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, says keeping fares increases at 0% will cost £450m over four years, but TfL says the real cost will be £1.9bn, because Crossrail will bring in more passengers - and freezing fares means it won't benefit from inflation-linked fare rises.

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Night Tube: Set-up costs to reach £17m

  • 28 January 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Could the Night Tube arrive this summer?

I admit I was one of the many who thought the Night Tube was hanging by a thread. I admit I compared it to a zombie walking around causing nothing but trouble.

Well now in a bit of a turnaround it seems it might actually happen. There is definitely a pulse.

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