Leaked letter says Peter Hendy was 'offensive' over Southeastern comments

  • 1 May 2015
  • From the section London
Sir Peter Hendy
Sir Peter Hendy said Southeastern's ticket inspectors were like "the Gestapo", writes Tom Edwards

There seems to be an unwritten, agreement in transport circles - do not slag off another operator's service.

There is an element of self-preservation in this, as usually it's only a matter of time before your own operation will face some kind of failure.

It also doesn't exactly promote a civilised image for the whole industry.

'Outrageous slur'

Well, the sometimes brash and outspoken Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy broke this code recently, when he made disparaging comments about Southeastern services and said the revenue protection officers were like "the Gestapo".

While some commuters were in agreement on the state of the service in and out of London Bridge, many employees were extremely aggrieved at his comments.

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The Mayfair 'ghost' station which may become an art gallery

  • 28 April 2015
  • From the section London

Behind a grey door in Mayfair is a hidden part of London's history.

View of a disused staircase

This is Down Street Tube station. It opened in 1907 but shut again in 1932 because it was too close to other stations to attract sufficient passengers.

Tiles

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Election 2015: Is transport a priority issue for Londoners?

Aerial shot of London Bridge station
There is little 'clear water' between the main parties on transport issues, writes Tom Edwards

Recently, I saw a list of issues pertinent to voters in this election and transport came down the list at eighth or ninth.

Transport is the second highest expenditure in households and it affects everyone. So why the relatively low rating?

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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.

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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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