The congestion charge has “sucked” about £2.6 billion from drivers in its first decade while failing to cut congestion, the AA claimed today.
It said 57 per cent of the cash paid by motorists had been eaten up in administration charges, but speeds had failed to rise above those of a “horse and cart”. Transport for London hit back, saying it had raised £1.2 billion to improve public transport, including £960 million on a better bus service.
- Mike Brown, the Tube's MD, has thrown his weight behind CrossRail 2, reports the FT:
"...without extra rail capacity within the capital, the terminus for the so-called High Speed 2 line at London’s Euston station would “fall apart” because of the volume of passengers."
- CrossRail has poached TfL's Howard Smith to be its Operations Director - Construction Enquirer
- A cross party group of MPs and campaigners have called on the Transport Secretary to bring forward the Davies Commission's work on UK airport expansion, reports the BBC.
- Heathrow could become a 'small business airport' under the Mayor's plans.
- Which probably doesn't chime with their recently announced billion-pound investment plans - London24.
- And the Mayor states that Stansted is 'replete with potential'. Deborah McGurran outlines the Mayor's views.
- London Reconnections examines TfL's work to increase Overground capacity.
- Oyster and bank card next to each other in your wallet? You might want to re-think. Tom Edwards explains.
- More than 15% of Hackney residents are travelling to work by bike - more than drive. Road.cc has more.
- Chinese firm Geely has increased its investment in iconic black cab maker LTI, which should lift it out of administration and secure UK manufacturing - BBC.
- The Economist profiles taxi booking apps.
- The Mayor has announced plans for an 'ultra low-emission zone' in central London by 2020.
- Wired profiles ZipCar, the car sharing scheme.
- The Mayor continues to support plans (though not financially) for a Tramlink extension to Sutton, Crystal Palace and Bromley, reports This Is Local London.
- The Standard reports that local Liberal Democrats are pushing for a monorail scheme to operate between Nine Elms and Waterloo.
- Another new, and rather beautiful, Tube map - this one (via Londonist) by Jonathan Fischer.