Your guide to London's culture and transport news and events taking place across the city.

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Department for Transport (DfT)

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Hammersmith Bridge to get a long-term cycle lane
Hammersmith Bridge to get a long-term cycle lane

Hammersmith Bridge to get a long-term cycle lane

The long running saga over repairs to the Hammersmith Bridge took an unexpected turn when the Department for Transport approved funding for a new semi-permanent cycle lane across the bridge.

Apr
08
Colindale and Leyton tube stations set for £43.1 million step-free upgrades
Colindale and Leyton tube stations set for £43.1 million step-free upgrades

Colindale and Leyton tube stations set for £43.1 million step-free upgrades

Two London Underground stations at Colindale and Leyton will be upgraded now that the final funding approvals have been confirmed.

Dec
19
2023
Government plans to close railway ticket offices hit the buffer
Government plans to close railway ticket offices hit the buffer

Government plans to close railway ticket offices hit the buffer

The government has backtracked on plans to close railway ticket offices following a consultation that saw widespread opposition to the plans from the public.

Oct
31
2023
London’s Day Travelcard saved from extinction: New deal secures its future
London’s Day Travelcard saved from extinction: New deal secures its future

London’s Day Travelcard saved from extinction: New deal secures its future

The Day Travelcard, which offers visitors to the Capital unlimited travel on TfL services and National Rail services within London, won't be scrapped after a deal was secured to keep it.

Oct
24
2023
TfL left to pick up costs after government rejects inflation linked funding support
TfL left to pick up costs after government rejects inflation linked funding support

TfL left to pick up costs after government rejects inflation linked funding support

Another hole has appeared in TfL's finances, as the government has decided not to provide the expected financial support to cope with the effect of high inflation on TfL's costs.

Oct
16
2023
Avanti West Coast secures contract extension to keep running West Coast Mainline trains
Avanti West Coast secures contract extension to keep running West Coast Mainline trains

Avanti West Coast secures contract extension to keep running West Coast Mainline trains

The train company Avanti West Coast will keep its West Coast Mainline contract after the government said it had reduced delays and cancellations following a chaotic summer 2022.

Sep
19
2023
Stratford station upgrade moves forward with business case submission: Plans include 2,000 homes and 10,000 jobs
Stratford station upgrade moves forward with business case submission: Plans include 2,000 homes and 10,000 jobs

Stratford station upgrade moves forward with business case submission: Plans include 2,000 homes and 10,000 jobs

Plans to upgrade overcrowded Stratford station in East London have taken a step forward after a business case was submitted to the government.

Aug
01
2023
Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays
Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays

Government criticised over HS2 Euston station delays

A report by a Parliament committee has criticised the government over its handling of HS2's station at Euston and how it mismanaged the cost expectations of building a large railway station in the centre of a city.

Jul
07
2023
Government confirms plans to close English railway ticket offices
Government confirms plans to close English railway ticket offices

Government confirms plans to close English railway ticket offices

The government has confirmed that it will push ahead with the worst kept secret in the railways -- and close most of the ticket offices in railway stations across England.

Jul
05
2023

Southeast railway stations to get London-style contactless payments: First 53 announced today

The first stations to get Transport for London (TfL) style contactless tap in/out payments for train travel have been named.

Jul
04
2023
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand
TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

TfL in talks to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with HS2 demand

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it is working on plans to buy more Elizabeth line trains to cope with demand when HS2 opens its Old Oak Common station.

Jun
01
2023
Is it time to kill off Wi-Fi on the railways?
Is it time to kill off Wi-Fi on the railways?

Is it time to kill off Wi-Fi on the railways?

Train companies might be told to stop providing Wi-Fi on trains in an effort to cut costs while train revenues are still below pre-pandemic levels.

May
23
2023
Avanti West Coast gets temporary extension of its rail contract
Avanti West Coast gets temporary extension of its rail contract

Avanti West Coast gets temporary extension of its rail contract

Troubled train operator, Avanti West Coast has been granted a 6-month extension of its rail contract, and hired a new managing director to take the job of recovering its services.

Mar
20
2023
Motspur Park station step-free access works start next month
Motspur Park station step-free access works start next month

Motspur Park station step-free access works start next month

Motspur Park station, in southwest London, is the latest to get an upgrade to provide lifts and step-free access, with construction works due to start next month.

Mar
08
2023
HS2 could be delayed by another four years
HS2 could be delayed by another four years

HS2 could be delayed by another four years

The completion of the High Speed 2 railway could be delayed again as the government carries out a cost-cutting exercise.

Feb
07
2023
Government delays decision on TfL’s pensions reform
Government delays decision on TfL’s pensions reform

Government delays decision on TfL’s pensions reform

A decision about whether Transport for London's (TfL) staff pensions should be changed as part of the funding settlement to keep London's public transport running has been delayed.

Jan
23
2023
Regulated rail fares to rise by nearly 6% in March 2023
Regulated rail fares to rise by nearly 6% in March 2023

Regulated rail fares to rise by nearly 6% in March 2023

The government has announced that regulated national rail fares will rise by 5.9% from March 2023, below the rate of inflation that is usually used to calculate the fares rise each year.

Dec
22
2022
Government plans changes to strike laws to keep trains running
Government plans changes to strike laws to keep trains running

Government plans changes to strike laws to keep trains running

Rail unions could be required to maintain a maximum level of service when they call strike action under a change in the law being proposed by the government.

Oct
20
2022
Avanti West Coast given six months to fix its problems
Avanti West Coast given six months to fix its problems

Avanti West Coast given six months to fix its problems

Troubled Avanti West Coast, which runs trains along the West Coast route between London and Scotland has been given six months to fix its problems or face losing its license.

Oct
07
2022
TfL takes final decision over government funding deal
TfL takes final decision over government funding deal

TfL takes final decision over government funding deal

At lunchtime today, Transport for London's (TfL) board held an urgent meeting to discuss if they will accept the funding offer from the government to keep London's transport running.

Aug
30
2022
TfL faces difficult decision over government funding offer
TfL faces difficult decision over government funding offer

TfL faces difficult decision over government funding offer

Transport for London (TfL) has revealed some details of the government's funding offer to keep London's public transport running, and the current deal would last just 20-months, far less than the 3-year minimum that TfL had been seeking.

Aug
26
2022
TfL could face sharp cuts to services as funding negotiations drag on
TfL could face sharp cuts to services as funding negotiations drag on

TfL could face sharp cuts to services as funding negotiations drag on

Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that it is rejecting the current government funding offer, while it continues to negotiate the terms of the package available.

Aug
09
2022
Transport for London gets an extension to its government funding deal
Transport for London gets an extension to its government funding deal

Transport for London gets an extension to its government funding deal

TfL has announced that the current extraordinary funding and financing agreement between TfL and the Department for Transport (DfT) that was due to expire tomorrow has been extended again, this time to 28th July 2022.

Jul
13
2022
A £1 billion railway upgrade between King’s Cross to Grantham
A £1 billion railway upgrade between King’s Cross to Grantham

A £1 billion railway upgrade between King’s Cross to Grantham

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it's funding a substantial upgrade along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) to improve the signalling infrastructure.

Jun
30
2022