Newslinks | 25th May 2007

The NewsEditor

Transport for London sets businesses the 'Tour de France' challenge "With the Tour de France set to visit London for the first time ever this summer, a new challenge has been launched by Transport for London, to encourage the capital's businesses to help their staff start cycling to work." [from TfL]

Rail network struggles to cope with fire disruption

"Train services to and from London Bridge station are returning to normal this morning after a lineside fire caused extensive disruption to services yesterday (23 May).

"Yesterday's disruption has highlighted the lack of spare capacity in the rail network to handle the knock-on effects of a major incident." [from Transport Briefing]

Capita leading contender to run road pricing schemes

"The company which runs the London congestion charge has emerged as a leading contender to run road pricing schemes around the country. "Capita said it is talks with local authorities about setting up pay-as-you-drive networks. Ten areas in England have applied for funds to establish road pricing systems including Manchester, which will today unveil plans for its scheme." [from The Guardian]

Transport secretary releases £6.5m for Crossrail work

"Secretary of State for Transport Douglas Alexander has made available £6.5m to part-fund Crossrail preparatory works at Tottenham Court Road Tube station.

"The money is required to enable Cross London Rail Links, the Department for Transport/Transport for London Crossrail joint venture, to contribute an agreed 50% share of the costs of utility diversion work at Tottenham Court Road station. This preparatory work is part of a London Underground scheme to relieve congestion by constructing a new ticket hall plaza. The project has been designed to accommodate the planned future Crossrail interchange, powers for which are contained in the Crossrail Bill currently before Parliament. London Underground intends to start main construction works on the plaza as soon as possible after the Crossrail Bill gains Royal Assent, which is expected in the next parliamentary session. In order to do this, LU has begun work on the diversion of utilities, for which it possesses the necessary planning permission." [from Transport Briefing]

Review urged over new Thames laws

"New laws governing the way boatmen on the River Thames work should be suspended pending further review, according to MPs." [from BBC News Online]

UK Department of Transport issues provisional port statistics for 2006

It is revealed that London is the third busiest port in the UK in terms of tonnage. [from BYM Marine & Maritime News]

Cyclists to ride through London

"Cyclists are planning to go ahead with their so-called Critical Mass bike ride through London despite a legal wrangle with the police." [from BBC News Online]

Tiered penalty parking scheme hits London in July

"Drivers in London are being reminded that the country’s first city-wide two tier parking penalties scheme based on the seriousness of the offence will be introduced in London from July 1.

"The scheme will mean drivers parking at bus stops, on pedestrian crossings, or in the safety zones outside schools will receive a higher penalty than those overstaying at a parking meter." [from 24dash]