How do you stop deaths on London's roads?

  • 13 November 2018
  • From the section London
Man cycling past sign saying: Stop cycle deaths
Image caption More than 130 people died on the roads in London in 2017 while 3,750 people were injured

One appalling reality is that deaths on the roads are regarded by some as "part of living in a busy city".

Many road deaths are not reported at all.

But these deaths and serious injuries shatter the lives of all of those involved.

And the most casualties are in the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles.

More than 130 people died on the roads in London in 2017, while 3,750 people were injured.

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Will the new Thames Clipper increase river travel?

  • 12 November 2018
  • From the section London
Clipper
Image caption In 2016-17, there were 10.6m journeys on all river services combined

A Thames Clipper commuter today told me her trip to work was "life enhancing".

I have never heard anyone describe their journey like that before.

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What did London get out of the budget?

  • 30 October 2018
  • From the section London
Philip Hammond with budget box Image copyright PA

There weren't any big ticket transport items for the capital in the Budget 2018 - and it led the mayor to call it "anti-London". So is it?

Well if you go through the chancellor's red book it doesn't do much to change your opinion.

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The politics of pedestrianisation

  • 26 October 2018
  • From the section London
Image caption Whatever route authorities take, they can't please everyone when it comes to pedestrianisation

If you walk through the City of London at 08:30 in the morning, you can't fail to notice just how packed the pavements are.

Going against the tide of people is extremely difficult in an environment that is just not designed for walking.

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Anatomy of a London Underground station's rush hour

  • 17 October 2018
  • From the section London
Victoria station Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Victoria Tube station is one of the busiest on the London Underground network

When you see severe delays on the boards, most commuters don't think about what is going on behind the scenes.

I recently spent a Friday morning in the control room at Victoria Tube station.

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Will added noise make London’s buses safer?

  • 16 October 2018
  • From the section London
London buses
Image caption Transport for London announced a new bus safety standard today

Last year there were 363 casualties involving London buses, including five fatalities.

And while the number of deaths is the lowest on record, the mayor and Transport for London (TfL) acknowledge more needs to be done to make them safer.

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Crossrail: Concerns over governance and over-optimism

  • 12 September 2018
  • From the section London
Crossrail workers Image copyright PA
Image caption The project is due to open nine months after its scheduled launch

If there is a definition of infrastructure hubris, then Crossrail's mantra "on time and on budget" surely is it.

I'd be surprised if that phrase is ever used again.

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Leaked documents reveal biggest bus shake-up for decades

  • 22 August 2018
  • From the section London
London bus
Image caption Many buses in central London are running nearly empty at peak times, according to TfL

Ken Livingstone increased the number of buses. Boris Johnson maintained them roughly at the same level. But now we are on the verge of Sadiq Khan looking to reduce services - or in Transport for London (TfL) lingo "streamline" them.

We revealed in February that the plan was for a 7% reduction across London by 2022. What is gradually emerging is how transport bosses intend to do it.

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Is Oxford Street pedestrianisation a pipe dream policy?

  • 4 July 2018
  • From the section London
Artist impression of what the pedestrianised area of Oxford Street will look like Image copyright AVRLondon/Mayor of London
Image caption The plans were for the area from Oxford Circus to near Selfridges to become traffic-free

Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe but it is highly polluted and one of the most dangerous in London.

Pedestrianising is also what I'll call a "pipe dream policy".

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How did it go so wrong for Govia Thameslink?

  • 24 May 2018
  • From the section London
Train passengers Image copyright Alamy

The headlines faded after day two but it has been an appallingly shocking week for nearly half a million Govia Thameslink commuters.

After all the grand talk of a great new timetable and 400 new trains, and more seats, commuters have been reduced to turning up at the station and hoping for the best.

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