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Loss of free travel for children is another Tory-made mess

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The Tory transport minister is ‘stealing free travel from young Londoners just when they need it most’. By CAROLINE RUSSELL, the Green Party London Assembly Member Schools are now going back but nobody can yet tell under-18s in … Continue reading

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Posted in Caroline Russell, Commuting, Cycling, Education, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Schools, TfL, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Pandemic risks wrecking public transport, expert warns

London’s public transport network, which millions of Londoners depend on daily and which has taken two centuries to develop, could be permanently wrecked because of the covid-19 pandemic. That’s the warning from world-renowned transport expert Christian Wolmar. Wolmar, who sought … Continue reading

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Tories play politics over covid emergency funding for TfL

The emergency cash bail-out for London’s transport system sees the capital’s Labour Mayor hand much control to the Tories running the government, reports WALTER CRONXITE The Tories have put political point-scoring ahead of public health, after the government last night … Continue reading

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Cummings wins Labour’s Assembly selection race by 25 votes

WALTER CRONXITE, political editor, on a close-run thing Patsy Cummings, the councillor for South Norwood, will be Labour’s candidate in Croydon and Sutton for the London Assembly elections in May after winning a ballot of party members in the two … Continue reading

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TfL backs Sutton Tram Link – but lacks £420m to pay for it

Transport for London has plumped for a tram extension that links Sutton town centre with the Northern Line Tube at Colliers Wood. But they just don’t have the £420million needed to pay for it just yet. The outcome of a … Continue reading

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Transport expert asks RAIB to re-open tram safety investigation

Transport for London has been accused of covering up a second safety report into fatigue among tram drivers – when driver tiredness thought to be one of the prime causes of the 2016 Croydon tram crash, in which seven people … Continue reading

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College building in park could end Crystal Palace tram scheme

Any prospect of extending the tram network to Crystal Palace could hit the buffers before its backers even check-in at a platform, if the GLA gets its way. Piece by piece, the Greater London Authority, which has responsibility for the … Continue reading

Posted in Angela Wilkins, Athletics, Bromley Council, Commuting, Croydon parks, Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Park, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Planning, Sadiq Khan, Sport, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

£300 residents’ parking tax? Sign up for scrappage fund

If you’ve just been hit with a £300 bill from Croydon Council just for the “privilege” of parking your car near your home, or even if you’ve seen the previous £80 a year residents’ parking permit fee more than double, … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan under growing pressure over tram fatigue cover-up

A former senior adviser to two London Mayors will use the transport committee meeting at City Hall tomorrow to call for an independent investigation into how TfL censored a safety report at the request of the tram operators, and then … Continue reading

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Call for Viridor prosecution over health risks from toxic fire

The Environment Agency has been asked to consider bringing a prosecution of Viridor over the fire at their incinerator on Beddington Lane last month, as there is mounting evidence to suggest that toxic fumes were released into the atmosphere during … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, London Fire Brigade, Mayor of London, Ruth Dombey, Sadiq Khan, Sutton Council, Waste incinerator | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Former colleagues express worries over new Croydon director

The real reasons for the abrupt resignation of a leader of a London council were part of a local authority ‘cover-up’. KEN LEE reports on serious reservations expressed by Labour councillors and Camden staff over the past conduct of the … Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Croydon Council, Hamida Ali, Knife crime, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Tony Newman | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

44 care homes in Croydon fail post-Grenfell fire safety tests

Figures from the Mayor of London show that 44 care homes in Croydon were failing to meet fire safety standards through London Fire Brigade audits carried out following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The figures put Croydon as second worst in … Continue reading

Posted in Adult Social Care, Andrew Dismore, Bromley Council, Croydon Council, Kingston, Lambeth Council, London Assembly, London Fire Brigade, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Merton, Outside Croydon, Southwark Council, Sutton Council, Tom Copley | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mayor finds £5m to save West Croydon and 50 ticket offices

In a rare instance where a public authority has conducted a consultation and actually listened to the responses, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has junked plans to close ticket offices 51 London Overground stations, after protests from passengers and lobbying … Continue reading

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Trams union warns of ‘summer of strikes’ over pensions

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, on the increasingly bitter dispute between staff and management over pensions for tram drivers The trades union representing Croydon’s tram drivers has handed the network’s management notice of three days of strikes next month: Wednesday … Continue reading

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Twycross hits out at Tory Government’s ‘reckless’ police cuts

Fiona Twycross has hit out at the Conservative Government for its continuing cuts to police funding in London, saying that the budget cuts – begun when Theresa Mayhem was the Home Secretary – and the “reckless austerity agenda” is risking … Continue reading

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TfL’s budget crisis forces it to axe tram improvement projects

JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, is holding on tight for a bumpy ride over London’s public transport finances According to an internal Transport for London report obtained by Inside Croydon, the Mayor of London has been forced to abandon all … Continue reading

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Mayor announces tag trial for knife crime offenders in Croydon

Knife crime and other violent offenders in Croydon are to have GPS tagging devices fitted to them on release from prison, under a pilot scheme announced today by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. Offenders who have served a custodial … Continue reading

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‘Unrealistic’ plans for Crystal Palace face a ‘final’ showdown

The latest draft of plans for the future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace “falls way short” and is “unrealistic”, according to the campaign group which represents thousands of users of the Olympic legacy sports facilities. There is … Continue reading

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Sadiq Khan’s intervention sees work start at Blackhorse Lane

The long-delayed strengthening works on the Blackhorse Lane bridge, a vital route between Addiscombe and Woodside, appears to have begun. Back in October, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan described as “just not good enough” the suggestion from Transport for London … Continue reading

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£2.3m in Mayor and council grants for Newman’s backyard

The Mayor of London has announced another significant grant to Croydon – £1,161,426 – this time for a project in South Norwood, which just happens to be in a neighbourhood including the ward represented by council leader Tony Newman and … Continue reading

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Mayor accused of ‘cooking the books’ on affordable homes

BARRATT HOLMES, our house-price-bubble-might-be-about-to-burst correspondent, reports on the suggestion that City Hall might have been massaging the house-building figures A London Assembly report says that the Greater London Authority, under Mayor Sadiq Khan, only just hit its target for the … Continue reading

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Croydon to get £1m from Mayor’s ‘gentrification premium’

Croydon has been named as one of London’s six Creative Enterprise Zones, part of the Mayor of London’s initiative to support artists and creative businesses, and develop skills and jobs for Londoners. Croydon has been awarded just £500,000, from a … Continue reading

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Buck-ing the trend: Croydon Labour staffer challenges Mayor

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on wranglings within Labour in south London over the social cleansing of working class areas An employee of the Labour Party in Croydon has condemned Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan for having a gentrification agenda … Continue reading

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Mayor’s £2,500 cash boost for Gipsy Hill garden scheme

Residents’ group Gipsy Hill Friends has been given a £2,500 cash boost by the Mayor of London towards its plan to rejuvenate neglected land adjoining their local railway station, transforming a litter-ridden and overgrown space into a vibrant community hub … Continue reading

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