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The latest transport newslinks below. If we've missed something, please get in touch.


The Economist counts the cost of the Olympics: "making room for Olympic traffic will require at least a 30% drop in “background” travel…" Dave Hill expands.

River services are increasing their offering to meet Olympic demand [Docklands 24].

London2012 has launched an Olympic journey planner.

Closures, congestion & costs

Val Shawcross attacks the Mayor on the announcement of further Jubilee Line closures in the autumn [BBC]...

…and closures such as those are revealed to have cost London £46m in funding bus replacement services [Evening Standard]… and a further £16m in lost fares as commuters shifted to other forms of transport.

Tom Edwards examines the effect that 'lane rental' might have on capital congestion.

Union activity

The RMT has issued a warning on passenger safety following a couple of potentially fatal incidents [Morning Star].

Full-time union activists working for TfL are revealed to cost £1m every year [Evening Standard].

Airport capacity

The Evening Standard: "'Boris Island' airport is the only option." It has something to do with a DfT report saying that London airports will be full by 2030 [Public Sector Travel].


The Government has delayed the competition for a £16bn CrossRail train manufacturing contract as it considers in a review what lessons could be learned from the Bombadier/Thameslink bid. [The Guardian].

The future of Britain's railways

Christian Wolmar has posted an excellent article on the future for Britain's railways.

Newsbits: narrowboating, Tube maps, the cost of cycling, Dartford Crossing

Narrowboating in London? The FT has a slideshow. pulls together a fantastic list of London Underground map resources.

The cost of cycling? A £3bn boon to the UK economy according to a new report by the LSE.

The British Retail Consortium has called on the Government to delay increasing the toll on the Dartford Crossing to help customers and retailers.

And finally...

Wondering if the person opposite was sending an email or taking a photo? The BBC profiles sites such as TubeCrush and People on the Tube.