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  • The Register considers just how practical electric cars are in central London.
  • The Mayor has floated the idea of an ‘inner’ ring road for London, all contained in a neat tunnel.

Tube services

  • Sainsburys have announced that they are to trial click and collect services at 7 Tube stations (Oakwood, Totteridge & Whetstone, Woodside Park, Leytonstone, Loughton, Debden and South Woodford). This follows earlier trials by Asda and Tesco.
  • And the boss of Upper Crust has announced that she is in talks with TfL over plans for any ticket offices which may be vacated as a result of their modernisation plans.
  • The Tube carried 1.2bn passengers last year.

Cycling

  • TfL have put forward their London Cycling Design Standards, aiming to cut by 40% the number of people injured or killed on roads by 2020. Key initiatives include reducing the number of lorries on the roads at peak times and adding detection technology to buses to help avoid collisions.
  • A new sponsor is being sought for the ‘Boris Bike’ scheme. TfL is seeking £5.5m every year for 7 years.
  • Camden Council have put forward plans to ban cars and lorries from Tottenham Court Road for much of the day, creating a shared space for buses, pedestrians and cyclists. If approved, the plan will be put in action by 2018.

Buses

  • The first phase of London buses going cashless has begun. The full cashless system will roll out on 6 July.

TfL

  • TfL is moving its headquarters from St James’ Park to the Olympic park in 2018.

Wimbledon

  • Residents of Wimbledon and Southfields (and users of the Wimbledon branch of the District Line) can expect their bus and tube services to be busy over the next few weeks (23 June – 6 July) as the tournament kicks off. Parking restrictions are also in place in the area.