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

Making travel fairer

TfL are introducing a new scheme to cut Oyster overcharging [Metro].

The Lib Dem leader in the Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon, wants to hear your views on making transport fairer [London24].

Olympic travel

Eurostar platforms? Check. Eurostar? Not so much. Tom Edwards details the problems of running Javelin trains through platforms not designed for them.

With a year to go before the Paralympic Games, Tom (again) looks at accessibility on the network.

Cycling

Dave Hill wonders at the pace of the cycling revolution:

"I still wonder what the popularity of Skyrides really means. The Mayor, I'm sure, would claim they encourage more and more Londoners to take to pedal power, but a cycle-averse cynic - such as, well, me - might be tempted to interpret the large turnouts as a sign of a thwarted craving for far greater quantities of truly safer road space at all times. Has the "cycling Mayor" done all he could and should have to achieve this?"

Frustrated by delays?

Sometimes it's not just signalling or accidents that cause delays - theft can cripple transport networks too. [PA]

Ever wondered when the 255 was planning on turning up? Coming soon, bus times for your mobile device (good spot from The Register).

A Heathrow hub

The Transport Secretary is considering an airport hub at Heathrow:

"The new airport railway station would take shuttle connections from Reading, including passengers travelling from south Wales. But the newspaper suggests the airport hub could also take trains direct from Cardiff and Bristol." [BBC]

And finally...

The BBC has more on Ajit Chambers' attempt to open up unused Underground space to tourists.

I missed this when John Bull first posted it, but it's worth reading for the caption under the bus graphic alone [LondonReconnections].