With the influx over the last few years of Poles into the UK and Ireland Polish food has made it onto the displays at the major supermarkets and is not just confined to specialist retailers. This is a good development because the cuisine provides nutritious no nonsense comfort food which belies the stereotypes by being […]
Blackfriars closes for over two years
The New Blackfriars Station A London Underground station on the Circle Line closes from tomorrow (Monday 2nd March 2009) for more than two years for engineering works. Blackfriars will shut until late 2011 as part of the £5.5bn Thameslink upgrade project. The work will improve the station with step-free access, increased capacity and enhancement to […]
On yer Bike in Europe!
Boris on his bike On the recent visit to the City of Light I was impressed at the racks of smart bikes which are part of the Vélib scheme which makes it possible to cycle around Paris without worrying about having your bike stolen or indeed to get home late at night where there are […]
East London Line News
Update on Clapham Extension – 12 February 2009 The planned extension of the East London rail line was today given the go-ahead by Boris Johnson, and Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon. The new line funded by the Government, Transport for London and City Hall will link Surrey Quays to Peckham and Clapham Junction, providing direct links […]
Fair Weather Britain
Britain ground to a halt this morning as the transport systems lack of operational competence and depth was once again cruelly exposed. Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said: “We are doing everything in our power to ensure services, road, rail and airports are open as quickly as possible, […]
Walking the Tube
Britain is in the grips of an obesity epidemic with health care professionals predicting life expectancy could even begin to fall particularly as a result of childhood obesity. One response is an anti-obesity pill will soon be available to buy at chemists without prescription. But is this the right way to deal with Britain’s weight […]
London Olympics 2012 – Stratford Station
Stratford Station today On the 6th July 2005 at 12.49 pm BST, it was announced to the world that the hosts of the 2012 Olympic Games would be…. London! Beating off close competition from Paris, Madrid, New York and Moscow, London had been awarded the largest event of its kind on earth. So in the […]
‘Real’ Tube map goes on Net
Google “Tube” Map Google continues its march towards World Domination by putting one of the first “real” London Tube maps online. The internet firm has mapped the location of the main Tube lines and added it to its Google Maps website. Visitors can see the lines by clicking the “transit” button of the site. “If […]
Booze on the Tube.
Then – May 2008 Boris Johnson’s first policy announcement, a pledge to ban alcohol on public transport, came under fierce criticism from unions and suffered a further setback when it emerged that the measure could not be implemented across the network. The new Mayor of London said that the plan would improve safety and security […]
Routemaster to perdition?
Foster / Aston Martin “Green” Routemaster The competition launched in July to find a new Routemaster bus for London has found its winner. Well two of them. Warwickshire-based sports car maker Aston Martin, along with architects Foster and Partners, won the £25,000 prize jointly with Wiltshire bus maker Capoco Design. A Transport for London spokesman […]