Transport Issues

Crossrail construction suspended due to Coronavirus

All Crossrail, and TfL construction sites are being shut-down during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Government suspends rail franchises due to Coronavirus

Rail franchises are to be suspended for the next six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the train operating companies offered a London Overground style operating license.

TfL giving small businesses three months free rent due to Coronavirus

As people are avoiding (in theory) travel and shops, TfL has announced that it will scrap rent on small shops that have space in its stations and railway arches for three months.

Train services to be cut from next week due to coronavirus

Train services across the UK will be gradually reduced next week, in part to reflect lower usage, and in part to preserve the service for critical workers.

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Major upgrade planned for Lewisham railway station

The Department for Transport has allocated £5.5 million to fund the early design and development stage for an upgraded Lewisham station.

TfL closes 40 tube stations, suspends the Night Tube, fewer trains and buses next week

TfL has announced sweeping changes to public transport services from tomorrow (Thursday) in response to the Coronavirus crisis.

Put Thameslink on the tube map says London Assembly

A report on improving accessibility on London’s Transport services has called for the fully accessible Thameslink line to be on the Tube map as a matter of some urgency.

London Underground switches on mobile phone coverage in tube tunnels

The eastern half of the Jubilee line now has mobile phone coverage in the tunnels and stations, after the first phase of a network rollout was switched on.

Taking a look inside Crossrail’s Farringdon station

One of the Crossrail stations closest to completion is Farringdon, and there’s been a chance to go down and have a look inside and see how close to completion it is.

Plans to add new entrance to Hackney Central railway station

Plans to improve access to the overcrowded Hackney Central station have taken a step forward with a proposed deal between the council and Network Rail.

Sharp drop in London Underground and bus passengers due to Covid

Transport for London (TfL) says that it has seen a 19 percent drop in tube passengers, and a 10 percent drop in bus passengers since the Covid coronavirus crisis gathered momentum in the past couple of weeks.

Sadiq Khan confirms train fares to rise after the Mayoral election

Regardless of who is the Mayor after the next Mayoral elections, the fares freeze on the railways will come to an end.

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Lower Thames Crossing gets funding in the budget

A large road tunnel under the Thames to the east of London has been given funding in the 2020 budget.

New Cross Gate towers cancelled due to Bakerloo line extension uncertainty

Plans for a large housing development on the Sainsbury’s site at New Cross Gate have been cancelled by the developers, citing the uncertainty around the Bakerloo line extension.

More trains on the Jubilee line between Nth Greenwich and Stratford

There will be fewer trains terminating at North Greenwich from later this month when a new timetable is introduced on the Jubilee line.

Temporary river bridge at Hammersmith for cyclists and pedestrians

With the road bridge at Hammersmith closed for repairs, TfL has confirmed that it’s looking at building a temporary replacement – for cyclists and pedestrians.