Tom Edwards, Transport correspondent, London

Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

This is where you can read my thoughts on the pains, pleasures and political policies that are involved in getting around the capital

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.

The concern from some during the consultation was that it would increase congestion for motor vehicles by reducing the number of lanes.

London First, London Travelwatch, City of London, Canary Wharf and the London Taxi Drivers Association all voiced concerns.

Other businesses supported it as did thousands of cyclists.

Read full article Boris Johnson pushes on with Embankment cycle superhighway

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.

Read full article London Bridge: Small errors snowball to create political headache

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.

Read full article Cycling Superhighways: Compromise and change

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.

Read full article HS2: Residents' fear and anger in Ickenham

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.

Read full article Family of killed cyclist Janina Gehlau speaks out

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

'Crossrail for bikes' in London at political crossroad

  • 13 September 2014
  • From the section London
An artist's impression of part of the planned segregated cycle scheme
An artist's impression of part of the planned segregated cycle scheme

The mayor's grand plan and a consultation for a "Crossrail for bikes" is at a political crossroad.

The plan for a long segregated bike lane across London has been welcomed by most cyclists but the mood is changing.

Read full article 'Crossrail for bikes' in London at political crossroad

Vauxhall helicopter crash a 'wake up call'

  • 10 September 2014
  • From the section London

On the surface, the report into the Vauxhall helicopter crash is pretty stark.

Pilot error is blamed in the official report by the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau for the collision in south London that led to the death of two people including the pilot.

Read full article Vauxhall helicopter crash a 'wake up call'

Anatomy of Tour de France costs

  • 22 July 2014
  • From the section London
Tour de France in London
The Tour de France passed some of London's most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace

The Tour has moved on and there's no doubt the crowds turned out in huge numbers - but what is the legacy of the Tour De France 2014 for England and, in these austere times, who paid for it and how?

It's certainly not straight forward trying to find out the real costs behind the Tour as everyone pays different amounts.

Read full article Anatomy of Tour de France costs

Quietways and the long road to change for cyclists

  • 24 June 2014
  • From the section London
Proposed quietway
Cyclists in Camden already benefit from more attractive side streets

So far we have not seen big changes for cyclists, but in the next few months we might start to. It is hoped that it will all begin at Vauxhall with segregated lanes and junctions.

Away from the main roads, London's Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan has also been working on "quietways", which will be on side streets with less traffic.

Read full article Quietways and the long road to change for cyclists

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About Tom

Tom began working at the BBC in 1995, having started his career on a small newspaper in the Lake District.

He's worked as Luton Reporter at BBC Look East where he followed an aid convoy during the Kosovo War.

Tom joined BBC London in 2003 as South London Reporter. There he covered the Damilola Taylor trials and received an award for his film on violence against minicab drivers in Croydon. As a general reporter at BBC London he covered the 7/7 terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

He became Transport & Environment Correspondent in 2008. He's covered everything from planes crashing at Heathrow, and snow days cancelling all bus services, to runaway tube trains and the end of the PPP. He was named Transport Journalist of the year in London last year.

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