The Tube With the end of the Olympics, London begins to return to normal. Sadly, that's not all good news:
Weekend closures are to resume on London's Tube network after they were paused for nearly two months for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
From Saturday, engineering work will restart to replace old track and signals on the network.
London Underground said works had been reduced by 10% compared with last year and by 25% compared with two years ago.
There will be closures on the Northern, Jubilee, District, Circle and Bakerloo lines this weekend.
As ever, real-time travel news (and details of planned closures) is available on the TfL website.
- Virgin Media claims that there were 8 million WiFi connections on its service during the Games.
- 6,900 penalties were issued to drivers breaking regulations over the Games Lanes.
- The wheelchair ramps introduced at 16 Tube stations are due to stay while a review is carried out.
- The Emirates Airline reports over a million passengers since launch.
- "...straighten out the suburbs." Dr Maxwell Roberts considers a new map for the Tube.
- Japanese designer Yuri Suzuki has made a working radio out of a circuit board Tube map. One question: where can we buy one?
- Meanwhile (this is a bumper week for maps), Jessica Gross asks if transit maps are tricking us.
It seems like only a few days ago that we ran an article on London's airport conundrum...
- Following the news that the Government is to launch an independent commission into airport capacity, Business Secretary Vince Cable has popped up, claiming that Heathrow expansion is 'not going to happen.'
- The Mayor has set up his own aviation policy unit to look at the issue with a remit to find options other than Heathrow.
- The Guardian, meanwhile, looks at the various options on the table for meeting demand.
- And architectural firm Gensler have unveiled their proposals for 'London Britannia Airport'.
- From the BBC - a brief history of the new Transport Secretary's past brushes with Heathrow.
Andrew Martin's Underground Overground is reviewed in Sp!ked.
It might be a way off yet, but transport commentator and general wise head Christian Wolmar has thrown his hat into the ring to be Labour's next candidate for Mayor of London. Here's Mr Wolmar on transport in central London:
The current situation in central London makes no sense. While the vast majority of people travel there by public transport or by walking or cycling, cars are allocated vast amounts of space and given priority. So Parliament Square is an ugly roundabout where Churchill’s statue is marooned, invisible to all but the most intrepid tourist. Oxford Street is a park for empty buses and bad-tempered taxi drivers while part of London’s most famous park is a dual carriageway for motorists speeding between two roundabouts barely a mile apart.
I'd recommend all readers visit Christian Wolmar's campaign site and read up on why he's standing. The campaign will be richer for the debate that he'll bring and London is lucky to have a candidate of his stature.