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

Airports

The Government has agreed to look into plans for an estuary airport, dubbed 'Boris Island' by some. The consultation, in March, will also look at other options for UK aviation policy [BBC].

The Telegraph takes a good look at the pros and cons of building an airport in the Thames estuary (with a fancy interactive graphic):

"Building a state of the art airport should prevent London's decline as an airport hub and enable the UK to compete with continental rivals, who are already offering far more flights to emerging markets such as China. Initial estimates suggest 100,000 jobs could be created at a new hub airport."

Meanwhile, The Guardian looks into the difficulties faced in going ahead with 'Boris Island.' It turns out, the Mayor's father may have created the largest barrier when he worked for the European Commission.

Tube

Londonist asked it's Facebook followers what the worst Tube station is. The result? Bank by a landslide. More here.

Going Underground flags an article in the FT about experiences on the Tube. They're not all happy ones.

Bike scheme

"A recent internal Transport for London report from September shows how the "novelty has worn off" for some users of Boris Johnson's bike hire scheme."

Tom Edwards examines the claim here.

Hammersmith flyover

The flyover has reopened to light traffic only. Full service is expected to resume ahead of the Olympics. [BBC]

HS2

The scheme 'has to be right for London' says the Mayor [London Loves Business].

Olympics

Heathrow has pledged to build a new, temporary, terminal to serve arriving athletes at the Olympics [Airport World].

The RMT has rejected as 'derisory' a pay deal offered to operational staff during the Olympics. Negotiations continue [CIty AM].


And as ever, please check our Election 2012 page to see the full tally of candidates' transport policies.