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Tubes & Unions

No smoke without fire? RMT boss slams TfL for failing to adequately address staffing on the Underground, the only stop "between safety and a major catastrophe." [London24].

Airports

The BBC profiles Southend Airport in the run up to Easyjet beginning operations from there.

Heathrow's Driverless electric pods are profiled by Digital Trends & Complex (first flagged here in 2007).

Plans to expand Biggin Hill airport in Bromley for the Olympics have been rejected [BBC].

Heathrow had its busiest month ever in July [AFP].

Olympic Stress Tests

TfL have released plans to deal with high visitor numbers during the 2012 Games [TRL]. The full plan is available here.

Meanwhile, Tom Edwards interviews Transport Minister Norman Baker on the Government's strategy to alleviate pressure on buses and the Tube. Not everyone's happy though, as his interview with local cyclists makes clear.

ELLX Phase II

LondonReconnections takes a thorough look at Phase II of the ELLX at Clapham Junction.

Cable cars

With no evidence whatsoever, The Wharf suggests that the Royal Docks/Greenwich Peninsular cable car might be ready for the Olympics. Nonetheless, a good review of progress so far.

And in other news…

Transport spending in London is twice that of in Wales, reports Wales Online.

Following on from last week - more grumblings about cycle superhighways & the Olympics [road.cc].

TfL have put on hold a £70m IT tender for desk support services as part of an efficiency exercise [The Guardian].

The Independent reviews Mark Mason's Walk the Lines, about trekking around the 11 lines and 269 stations of the Tube.