A round up of the most interesting transport developments across the Capital follows:
- The Independent looks at London's ghost stations and considers their future.
- TfL takes with one hand and gives with the other... Cycle Superhighway 12 (East Finchley to Angel) is scrapped as Superhighway 2 (Bow to Whitechapel) is to be upgraded.
- Putney bridge has reopened.
- Mick Cash has been elected General Secretary of the RMT, succeeding the late Bob Crow.
- Sir Peter Hendy has been giving apocalyptic interviews to the press... predicting London riots due to the impending transport crisis.
- 24 hour Tube service (weekends only!) is due to begin from 12 September 2015.
- As a consequence of TfL moving offices out to Stratford, the iconic LU building above St James's Park Tube is to be redeveloped into accommodation.
- Sir Norman Foster on the rejection of his proposal for an estuary airport: "sadly predictable."
- Brian Butterworth has mapped the future of London. Behold the Tube map of 2050 (also the image for this post)!
- Hailo is expanding to Singapore and Uber now claims to be cheaper than using the Tube.
Helsinki aims to transcend conventional public transport by allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. The hope is to furnish riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use.
Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and perhaps a few preferences. The app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries into a single, supple mesh of mobility. Imagine the popular transit planner Citymapper fused to a cycle hire service and a taxi app such as Hailo or Uber, with only one payment required, and the whole thing run as a public utility, and you begin to understand the scale of ambition here.
From The Guardian. It's a leap, but it does make you consider how close London could be to this vision.