Day: May 15, 2020

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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Met police officer investigated after man shot with Taser stun gun is left paralysed

May 15, 2020

A police officer has been placed under criminal investigation after a man was shot with a Taser weapon and left paralysed from the waist down, the Guardian has learned. The man, 23, was shot by an officer using a stun gun as he jumped over a wall and fell as officers tried to detain him […]

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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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Sadiq Khan admits TfL bailout is ‘bad deal’ for Londoners as Tube fares rise

May 15, 2020

Sadiq Khan has admitted ‘strings’ that come with the £1.6 billion government bailout package to save Transport for London include hikes to Tube and bus fares. The Mayor of London called the bailout a ‘bad deal’ for people living in the capital as it emerged fares will rise above inflation and certain free travel perks […]

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Landlord hikes rent for NHS workers and tells them to move out if they don’t accept it

May 15, 2020

Frontline workers living in discounted homes feel ‘unappreciated’ after their housing association said it is raising the rent in less than a month, despite the coronavirus lockdown. Residents at the block of flats in Brixton, south London, feel like they’ve been put in a tight spot by Notting Hill Genesis, who have told them to […]

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Fears for homeless as leak suggests rough sleeper funding will end

May 15, 2020

Charities have expressed fears about the prospect of a surge in street homelessness after a leaked report suggested that the government will no longer fund an emergency programme to house rough sleepers in hotels. The report, leaked to the Manchester Evening News, suggested that the Ministry for Communities, Housing & Local Government has now “drawn […]

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What was the Transport for London bailout and will prices go up for tube passengers?

May 15, 2020

It’s been announced that Transport for London (TFL) will receive emergency funding to keep running until September. The company had been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, revealing last month the revenue made through its fares had dropped by 90% in the wake government advice to stay at home and only make essential trips. Tube […]

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Congestion charge to rise to £15 a day next month just as people told to avoid public transport

May 15, 2020

The daily congestion charge will rise to £15 a day from next month, Sadiq Khan has announced. The news comes as Transport for London received a huge bailout yesterday due to the coronavirus crisis. The hours of the congestion charge will also be temporarily extended to seven days a week, rather than just on weekdays […]

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London could be ‘coronavirus free’ by June as daily cases plummet

May 15, 2020

The capital could be rid of coronavirus sooner than you think, as new modelling suggests the city is recording only 24 new cases a day. The ‘R’ reproduction rate has fallen to 0.4 in London, with the number of new cases halving every 3.5 days, according to analysis by Cambridge University and Public Health England. […]

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