Autumn Statement: Is rail devolution in London dead?

  • 24 November 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Many services currently run at capacity

Sadiq Khan is not the first mayor to want more control over London's rail service.

Previous mayors have managed it - Ken Livingstone took over Silverlink and Boris Johnson gained control of West Anglia.

But it looks like the chances of more takeovers are not that promising.

Mr Khan made the business case for further rail devolution to the Department for Transport, saying further devolution of suburban rail services had already been agreed by the government in a joint prospectus with Transport for London (TfL).

First on the hit list was Southeastern running between Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Victoria, and Dartford, Gravesend, Hayes, Bromley and Sevenoaks.

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Croydon Tram derailment: Definitive answers could be a while

  • 14 November 2016
  • From the section London
Overturned tram Image copyright EPA
Image caption British Transport Police has arrested the driver

It would have been cold, windy, wet and still dark as the commuters got onto the Croydon tram at about 06:00.

This was an everyday commute that passengers had probably done many times. The tram was busy.

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Pollution politics: Mayor's plans won't clean up London's air without help

  • 10 November 2016
  • From the section London
Pollution monitoring stations
Image caption Many pollution monitoring stations across London show areas are breaking legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide

Pollution is a health scandal that is estimated to prematurely kill nearly 10,000 Londoners a year.

Yet because it is mainly invisible and the impacts on the body can take decades to appear, it has largely escaped political action.

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Heathrow or Gatwick: Final decision could be two years away

  • 19 October 2016
  • From the section London
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If the history of UK infrastructure tells us anything, deciding to build something is a very different proposition to actually doing it.

That is particularly true around the thorny and politically toxic issue of aviation.

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Challenges in the way for the mayor to take over London rail routes

  • 17 October 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Many services currently run at capacity

The suburban rail routes around London are crucial to thousands of commuters a day, so how can the mayor exert control over them?

Every mayor has attempted to take them over.

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Night Tube: Facts and figures about the new service

  • 7 October 2016
  • From the section London
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Image caption Oxford Circus is the most popular station during the Night tube service so far

After all those false dawns, strikes and a year of delays, nothing now seems to be stopping the roll out of the Night Tube.

Tonight the Jubilee joins the Central and the Victoria line, with the Northern Line set to start on Friday 18 November.

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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.

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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.

Read full article Southern rail strike: Animosity and a collapse in industrial relations