Newslinks | 1st June 2007

The NewsEditor

Charging around the city "Electric cars are the fastest-growing form of transport in Britain's crowded capital. In June 2003 just 49 electric cars slid silently around its streets. A survey in March 2005 found 1,278, and they may have doubled since then. Altogether, London has some 14,000 alternatively fuelled cars, up from 1,800 in 2003." [from The Economist]

No investigation into fare rises

"Examples of the SWT's increases, which were first announced in March, include a cheap-day return from Alton, in Hampshire, to London rising from £15.80 to £19 - a 20.25% increase." [from BBC News Online]

FirstGroup steps up a gear to cut bus and rail emissions

"FirstGroup aims to reduce emissions in stages, setting a 25% reduction target by 2020 for bus and 20% for rail.

"Longer term, it will trial hybrid buses in partnership with Transport for London." [from The Herald]

Green light for Heathrow terminal

"London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Hillingdon Council gave planning permission for a £1.5bn redevelopment of the west London airport.

"Heathrow East will replace Terminals 1 and 2, with the first phase of the work expected to be completed in time for the London Olympics in 2012." [from BBC News Online]