Newslinks: London's Latest Transport News

LondonUnlocked, The NewsEditorComment

Autumn Statement

The Chancellor announced a host of new transport projects, and funding for previously-stalled schemes during his Autumn Statement yesterday. A brief breakdown of the highlights below:

You can read the Chancellor's full Autumn Statement here.

Tube Upgrades

Andrew Neather takes a look at the Tube upgrade programme in the Standard:

"A ComRes poll for the Standard yesterday found that while Boris Johnson is maintaining his eight-point lead on Ken Livingstone, he is five points behind on transport. Barely one voter in three thinks the Tube has improved under Johnson. Yet he is putting fares up by seven per cent in January. Livingstone has pledged to freeze them."

One upgrade that Londoners will see is the return this week of Tottenham Court Road's Northern Line platforms [London24].

Contactless Payments

The Transport Committee of the London Assembly have issued their report into the future of ticketing on the transport network.

Both the Committee and Which? question the figures used to support the proposal and the ubiquity of contactless cards. LLB carries a good summary here.

"Boris Island"

With the concept rarely out of the news these days, the Mayor has made a strong case for a hub airport in South-East England [The Guardian].

The FT reported last week that both Downing Street and the Treasury were slowly coming around to the Mayor's thinking. In the Chancellor's Autumn Statement yesterday there was a significant hint that this was indeed the case. The Transport Secretary (Putney MP Justine Greening, herself no fan of Heathrow expansion) will review the options early next year.

Meanwhile, opposition to the nebulous plans continue. Medway Council (supported by Kent County Council & the RSPB) are running a Stop the Estuary Airport campaign. Should you wish, you can sign up here.

In other news

Wired takes a look at future transport. Could moving platforms be the future of rail travel?

Annie Mole reviews Ben Pedroche's Do Not Alight Here