TfL & Boris' Spending Spree
Transport for London's (TfL) new draft Business Plan outlines how a steady and sustainable stream of funding would deliver vital new upgrades and improvements to London's transport network ensuring that the capital remains a world-leading city.
- 10 year plan for increased spending on London's roads - rising from a planned £1.9bn to £3.8bn
- Investing an additional £640m on cycling in the next ten years on top of the £273m already earmarked
- £300m in improve infrastructure in 'key' areas of London (such as extra Overground and DLR capacity)
With the announcement that Virgin Trains are to continue to operate the West Coast Mainline until November 2014 comes the bill - the failed tendering exercise is expected to cost taxpayers close to £50m.
Cable Cars (& HS2)
The expectation of HS2 is causing Birmingham transport chiefs to think creatively - they've called in the architects behind the Emirates Air Line to discuss a new project for the city:
Birmingham could get a city centre cable car system to move passengers between three major railway stations, under bold proposals to be put before transport chiefs.
The architects behind the ground-breaking Thames cable car in London have been asked to draw up outline plans for a Birmingham cable car to move commuters between city centre rail stations.
Northern Line extension
The Chancellor's Autumn Statement included a £1bn loan and guarantee for the Northern Line extension, set to run between Kennington and Battersea Power Station. The consultation on the extension runs until 30 Dec.
- Airport chiefs are currently undertaking an Early Morning Noise Respite Trial to reduce airline noise in the early morning.
- Heathrow's Pod transport system is expected to carry half a million passengers by the end of 2012.
A new 'cycle superhighway' has been announced, running from New Cross Gate to Victoria, through Peckham, Camberwell, Kennington and Vauxhall.
It wouldn't be a round-up of the news without something on the rumblings over the various proposals for meet airport capacity in the SE:
- A former GLA economist has called a Kent island airport the 'best solution' to meet capacity demands.
- Daniel Moylan, the Mayor's airport advisor, has welcomed a range of proposals pointing to an estuary-based solution (£).
- Ryanair's Michael O'Leary has called the Mayor's plans 'stupid, hare-brained.'
- The Mayor has met with Sir Howard Davies to discuss his proposals for a SE hub.
- IAG chief Willie Walsh stated to the Transport Select Committee that he thinks Sir Howard's report will gather dust 'on the shelf.' You can read the full transcript of the session here.
In other news
- The Royal Mail are set to release a set of London Underground themed stamps in January next year (the Boston Manor stamp is our headline image for this article).
- HuffPo has pictures of a recent tour of Aldwych Station.
- TfL have unveiled a range of maps (for sale from their shop) featuring Team GB Olympic and Paralympic medalists.
- And Chris Pople has produced one celebrating London's many excellent restaurants.