Tag Archives: Transport for London

Report: TfL safety audit kept secret from crash investigators

Transport for London was conducting a safety audit of the Croydon tram network at the time of the 2016 Sandilands disaster which claimed seven lives. The existence of the safety audit report has only come to light under the disclosure … Continue reading

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Now Tories look to axe Freedom Pass as well as Zip cards

An unelected adviser, an old mate of Boris Johnson, is imposing a range of conditions on TfL and causing anger among Tory MPs, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports The anti-London government run by Dominic Cummings is looking to … Continue reading

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How my bus ride into Croydon unmasked a growing problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is against the law to take a ride on public transport without wearing a face mask. But as reader LEWIS WHITE discovered last week, despite 30 TfL bus drivers having died from coronavirus, those rules are hardly … Continue reading

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Sutton Cancer Hub and south of Croydon to get new bus routes

With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital, TfL is consulting on new and re-routed bus services around Belmont, Sutton, Purley, Addiscombe and Waddon, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Croydon and Sutton are … Continue reading

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Sandilands tram crash inquest is postponed due to covid

The long-delayed inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Croydon tram crash in November 2016 has been delayed again – this time because of the change in distancing rules to prevent the spread of covid-19. The inquest was … Continue reading

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Croydon-based bus driver is 30th to die from coronavirus

A bus driver based in Croydon, Kofi Opoku, is among the latest victims of covid-19. Opoku worked out of Metrobus’s depot on Beddington Lane. He died last week, his trades union has confirmed. Now Unite is demanding assurances that all … Continue reading

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81% of London parents demand a safer journey to school

Research commissioned by walking and cycling charity Sustrans ahead of this week’s Bike to School Week shows 81per cent of parents in London want councils to make it easier for families to walk and cycle to school. Asked if they … Continue reading

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Broad Green roads to become a Low Traffic Neighbourhood

Four streets in Broad Green, close to West Croydon Station and bus garage, are to have traffic restrictions installed at the end of this month in the latest phase of the government-funded Streetspace scheme. The council announced today that it … Continue reading

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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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Now is not time to play politics with London’s public transport

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Regular readers have seen through the political shenanigans over fare rises forced on London by central government. DAN MAERTENS, pictured right, says that we should be helping our public transport system and curbing the use of  private vehicles … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Tories impose inflation-busting fares increase on Londoners

Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze will be ended in January, just weeks before the London elections take place, as JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports Fares on Transport for London-operated buses, Tubes, trains and trams will rise by a “punitive” 2.6 … Continue reading

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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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What might have been: how Croydon Trams should have grown

Have you ever wondered what the Croydon Tram network might look like if the Crystal Palace extension, or the much-talked-about Sutton line, had ever been built? Loyal reader Anthony Norris-Watson certainly, and he put together something which Ken Livingstone or … 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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TfL’s cashflow crisis could make Croydon traffic jams worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on finance problems for Transport for London that could have a profound impact on south London Transport for London’s appeal to the government for £3.2billion to allow it to keep operating in the covid-19 crisis … Continue reading

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Tram ticket inspector is 29th London transport worker to die

A ticket inspector on Croydon’s trams is the 29th transport worker in London to die from coronavirus, according to reports from the BBC this morning. The man, believed to be in his late 50s, is as yet unnamed. “Sadly, a … 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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Wrong direction: South Norwood signs are out of line

You don’t know whether to laugh in derision or cry in embarrassment. Certainly, residents in South Norwood don’t know which way to turn after street signs and a map of the local area were installed last month, with the signs … Continue reading

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Threat of bus strike as 1 in 3 drivers in ‘close call’ due to fatigue

More than three years since the Croydon tram crash saw ‘driver fatigue’ raised as a possible cause of the disaster, now bus drivers are threatening strike action over concerns for the safety of their passengers and themselves. RORY KELLY reports … Continue reading

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Inquest into Croydon tram crash to begin in September 2020

Croydon Town Hall will be the venue for the jury inquest into the seven deaths in the 2016 Sandilands tram crash. The inquest is expected to last 12 weeks, and will begin in September 2020. The inquest opened in November … 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 artists help brighten the bridge over the Brighton line

A run-down, forbidding-looking rail bridge has been brightened up by work from some local college students, CHARLES KING writes The footbridge over the Brighton Line between Coulsdon Town railway station and Coulsdon Woods, which was replaced in 2006 when the … Continue reading

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Labour election candidate challenged over tram crash cover-up

A London Assembly Member and General Election candidate for a Labour safe seat has been accused of protecting the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and Transport for London from “serious, legitimate questions” over the safety of the tram network. Michael Liebreich spent … Continue reading

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