Does the mayor's transport strategy mark the end of vehicle dominance in London?

  • 22 June 2017
  • From the section London
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Image caption Sadiq Khan wants to reduce Londoners reliance on cars

City Hall might say Sadiq Khan's first transport strategy is not anti-car but it certainly aims to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles in London.

It is a strategy big on ideas and big on numbers, although as is often the case in these type of documents, there is not much in the way of detail.

But the themes in there are loud and clear.

And the picture on page 49 broadly sums up the transport nirvana the mayor is trying to achieve.

Image copyright City Hall
Image caption The consultation has images of how London's streets could look

As the mayor's document says: "Londoners need quiet, safe, accessible streets that are not dominated by motorised traffic and that are pleasant for walking, cycling and spending time."

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Building barriers - a new normal for London?

  • 5 June 2017
  • From the section London
Bollards on Westminster Bridge
Image caption A number of bridges now have "increased security measures" such as barriers

It happened quickly, just over 24 hours after the atrocious attack at London Bridge.

The barriers appeared overnight and now a number of bridges in London have what the Metropolitan Police is calling "increased security measures".

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General Election 2017: Parties differ over London transport

  • 26 May 2017
  • From the section London
London commuters
Image caption Ensuring millions of people get to work in London is tough to manage

Lurking under the shadow of Brexit and not getting much in the way of attention, are the main parties transport policies.

Experts and campaigners despair that transport doesn't get the prominence during elections they think it deserves considering it affects everyone.

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General Election 2017: Is pollution in London an issue?

  • 15 May 2017
  • From the section London
Girls at pollution protest
Image caption Schoolchildren and parents have been calling on politicians to clean up London's air

School has just finished but instead of going home, children stand in their uniforms on a stage asking politicians for help to clean up London's air.

They are standing next to a road which 45,000 vehicles use every day. Many of those are polluting diesels.

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Outpaced by technology: Transport for London playing catch-up with minicabs

  • 3 May 2017
  • From the section London
Uber app above a taxi road marking Image copyright Reuters
Image caption There are now 118,000 licensed private hire drivers

If there is one area where technology has outpaced regulation in London - and in many other major cities - it has been the rapidly changing taxi and private hire market.

Successive mayors have tried to get the legislation to cap the increasing number of minicabs, driven in part by apps like Uber.

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Are driverless pods the future for world cities?

  • 5 April 2017
  • From the section London
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I've just spent a fascinating morning, being taken around North Greenwich in a driverless pod.

It has no steering wheel and is modelled on the white guided pods you may have seen at Heathrow Airport.

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Pollution solutions: Behavioural change

  • 7 March 2017
  • From the section London
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Image caption One of the first hybrid diesel and electric powered buses went into service on London's route 141 in March 2007

When I started first reporting on pollution in London, many moons ago, the real concern was particulate matter - the tiny particles mainly from traffic - that can cause health problems.

We still have episodes of high particulates in London - there was one a few weeks ago compounded by high levels of wood burning.

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Redrawing industrial relations could come at a cost

  • 23 February 2017
  • From the section London
Commuters wait outside Clapham Junction during a tube strike in London Image copyright Reuters

Yesterday there was a strike over driver relocation on the Central Line.

The day before saw a strike ballot on career progression with the part-time Night Tube drivers and a dispute over a "breakdown in industrial relations" with maintenance workers.

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Tube ticket office row resolved but at what cost?

  • 3 February 2017
  • From the section London
Tube strike Image copyright PA

It has been three long years in the making, but today it seems as if we have a resolution to the closure of Tube ticket offices.

On 21 November 2013, the then mayor Boris Johnson stood with the then head of London Underground (LU) Mike Brown and announced all ticket offices would be shut on the Tube network.

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Pollution in London from wood burning on the rise

  • 25 January 2017
  • From the section London
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Image caption Pollution from wood burners are on the rise

If there was one surprise from the recent very high pollution levels, it was the fact that according to King's College some of the pollution was due to "unusually high levels of domestic wood burning".

This is not to underestimate the contribution of traffic emissions but wood burning, according to the experts, was making up half of the pollution readings at some monitors at some sites - all exacerbated by low winds not blowing away pollutants.

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