Talking Headways Podcast: All Things London Transport, With Ian Brown

This week we’re chatting with Ian Brown, former managing director for London Rail. Ian discusses everything London transport, including congestion pricing; constructing, financing; and making the case for the massive Crossrail project; bus operations; cycling; operations contracts; and even contactless fare payment systems.

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London’s New Mayor, Sadiq Khan, Pledges to “Accelerate” Cycling Progress

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London bike advocates proved they were a political force to be reckoned under Mayor Boris Johnson. After cyclists demonstrated that they would not be satisfied with half-measures, Johnson started to make serious headway on safe bike infrastructure in his second term. It looks like that progress will continue even with a new mayor from a different party. Last week, Londoners chose Sadiq Khan of […]

Eyes on the Street: London “Cycle Superhighway” Teems With Bike Traffic

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Good Morning, London. This is what London’s Blackfriars Bridge looks like #cyclesuperhighwaypic.twitter.com/byAMWq1QLz — Sustrans London (@SustransLondon) May 17, 2016 In case you’re looking for a good visual to show how bike lanes can be extremely efficient transportation infrastructure, check out this short video from the UK-based advocacy group Sustrans. It shows rush hour on the Blackfriars Bridge […]

London Reaps Pricing Benefits

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From the newsletter of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign comes an inspiring summation of the effects of congestion pricing in London since the program’s inception in 2003, gleaned from Transport for London‘s annual report: Traffic levels in central London were about 20% lower in 2006 than in 2002, the year before pricing began. Bicycle use in […]

London Imposes $50 Guzzler Fee on SUVs and Lux Roadsters

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London Mayor Ken Livingstone is on a tear. Yesterday he announced a £500 million investment in new bicycling infrastructure. Today, he approved a plan to charge the drivers of SUVs, high powered sports cars and other large engine, high emission vehicles a £25 fee ($48.75!) to drive into Central London’s congestion charging zone. Simultaneously, low […]

Removing Center Lines Reduced Speeding on London Streets

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On some streets, getting drivers to stop speeding might be as easy as eliminating a few stripes. That’s the finding from a new study from Transport for London [PDF]. TfL recently examined the effect of eliminating center lines on three London streets. The agency found it slowed average driving speeds between 5 and 9 miles per hour, […]