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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.

Plans include:

  • 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)
Some critics have warned that this spending will force the Mayor to break his promise to keep fares down and that Londoners will 'face 10 years of inflation busting fare increases' as a result.


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.



A new 'cycle superhighway' has been announced, running from New Cross Gate to Victoria, through Peckham, Camberwell, Kennington and Vauxhall.

Airport capacity

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:

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