Beginning of the end for the New Routemaster

  • 9 September 2016
  • From the section London
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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.

This was the nostalgia-laden flagship project and manifesto pledge of the previous Mayor Boris Johnson.

We will still have the remaining new buses on the streets of London for a while yet, and 195 are yet to be delivered by next summer but I'm told no further orders will be placed.

And there's not exactly a cacophony of opposition at Transport for London (TfL) against that as the future is now electric buses.

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Two Mayors: Similar backgrounds and similar aims to tackle pollution

  • 26 August 2016
  • From the section London
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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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Night Tube: a low risk, steady launch

  • 22 August 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption TfL said there were 100,300 trips on the Night Tube on the opening weekend

At last. After all that wrangling, the strikes, the delays, the safety concerns, Tube trains ran through the night on Friday and Saturday.

And it looks like it all went without a hitch.

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Southern rail strike: Animosity and a collapse in industrial relations

  • 8 August 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Hundreds of trains were cancelled on the first day of the walkout

Four years ago, London's transport was hailed as a huge Olympic success story.

Today in a global city, there are stations without trains and any semblance of reliability on Southern rail evaporated months ago.

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TfL fares freeze fall-out begins

  • 8 July 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption The fares freeze will cost £640m

The first indication of the level of cuts Transport for London (TfL) is facing have been unveiled in a leaked internal letter, sent to me.

Mayor Sadiq Khan promised in his manifesto that Londoners "won't pay a penny more for their travel in 2020 than they do today".

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Have laws to stop laser attacks on planes been delayed?

  • 5 July 2016
  • From the section London
Laser beam
Image caption Planes have had to return to airports after the pilot was shot with a laser in the eyes

A big decision on whether to expand Heathrow or Gatwick has already been delayed due to fall out from the EU referendum and a change in prime minister.

But it looks like other less high profile legislation has also been put back.

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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%.

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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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