Politics

London congestion charge rise down to good old power struggle

May 15, 2020

Forget health or economic concerns – this is a classic political fight between a Labour mayor and a Tory government The congestion charge restarts on Monday. Its cost will rise by 30% next month. Photograph: Dan Chung/The Guardian Good old-fashioned politics rather than economic, environmental or health considerations seem to explain the decision by Transport […]

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TfL to raise congestion charge by 30% as part of £1.6bn bailout deal

May 15, 2020

Transport for London is to raise the congestion charge by 30%, temporarily stop free travel for children and charge over-60s to travel at peak times after securing a £1.6bn bailout from the government. TfL was forced to turn to the government after reporting a 90% fall in income as journeys on public transport in London […]

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Large areas of London to be made car-free as lockdown eased

May 15, 2020

Large areas of London are to be closed to cars and vans to allow people to walk and cycle safely as the coronavirus lockdown is eased, Sadiq Khan has announced. In one of the biggest car-free initiatives of any city in the world, the capital’s mayor announced on Friday that main streets between between London […]

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UK coronavirus live: Britain claps for carers on the Covid frontline – as it happened

May 14, 2020

8.32pm BST20:32 Nicola Slawson I’m closing our UK live blog for the day. Thanks so much for joining us. Please follow our global live blog for all further developments this evening. 8.31pm BST20:31 Boris Johnson appeared with his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, for the first time since they announced the birth of their son, Wilfred. The […]

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London transport fares will rise, says minister, as TfL secures bailout

May 14, 2020

The government has said London transport fares will have to rise, as it reached an agreement over a £1.6bn bailout with Transport for London. TfL will receive £1.1bn as a cash grant plus another £505m in loans, according to reports on Thursday night. In return, TfL will carry out a review of its finances and […]

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The real message behind ‘stay alert’: it’ll be your fault if coronavirus spreads | Owen Jones

May 14, 2020

Officially, the new strategy is “personal responsibility” and “good, solid British common sense”, as our prime minister colourfully describes it; unofficially, operation blame the public is well under way. As media outlets query why London’s trains and buses are rammed despite government advice, our transport secretary, Grant Shapps, pleads with silly old commuters not to […]

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Police examine CCTV footage of suspect who spat at UK rail worker who later died

May 13, 2020

Police have recovered CCTV footage of a suspect who spat at a railway ticket office worker who died later of coronavirus, amid fears that spitting is being used as a weapon against frontline workers. Belly Mujinga, 47, was allegedly spat at and coughed at on the concourse of London’s Victoria station in March by a […]

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