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24-hour services with 750 fewer jobs: will London Underground be safe?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, New Technology, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion |

London Underground has announced plans to run services through the night at weekends but to close all ticket offices, with a net loss of 750 jobs. Staff unions have promised to fight the ticket office closure plans, which they say will compromise safety, especially for the most vulnerable passengers. There are also concerns about how maintenance will be carried out in a system that — unlike New York City’s Subway and the Copenhagen metro — was not designed for round-the-clock...

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British union launches campaign for Better London Transport

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Employment, Europe, Management, New Technology, PPP, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability, Systems |

qpt | Quality Public TransportBritain’s Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) has launched a Better London Transport campaign to improve services for passengers in ways that also protect staff jobs, terms and conditions. The union says it supports “change that means better customer experience, improved reliability, accessibility, environmental sustainability, safe transport hubs, increased capacity, integrated services and greater say for users and workers in how the service...

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Paying for public transport — the tensions are rising

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Funding, North America, Rail, Services, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems |

If you thought only big Brazilian cities are facing rebellions about public transport fare increases, think again. A couple of years after the Occupy movement stopped occupying Wall Street, a new focus of community action in New York City concerns above-inflation bus and subway fare hikes. The comparison with Occupy is relevant for another reason: that some campaigners are blaming Wall Street financiers for leeching public money from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority under the terms...

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PPPs and the London Underground: 150 years of development

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in All news, Funding, PPP, Rail, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

One hundred and fifty years ago today the world’s first underground railway opened to its first paying passengers when the London Metropolitan carried 30,000 people between Paddington and Kings Cross. “The 120 trains in both directions that day suffered no serious breakdowns and the only major delays were caused by the crush of people trying to get on the trains,” writes Christian Wolmar, in a new edition of his highly enjoyable history, The Subterranean Railway. There are still ‘no...

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New commuter rail service in Nairobi

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Funding, Rail, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Urban planning |

Kenya has launched the first new commuter rail service since independence from British colonial rule – but there are worries that only better off people can afford to use it. Planned as the first stage of an eight-station commuter service in Nairobi, the 16.5 kilometre (ten mile) route between the Syokimau suburb and the central business district began taking passengers this week. The journey time is 20 minutes, much less than the equivalent road journey, which can take up to two hours on...

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Calls for overhaul of New York Subway after Sandy

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in All news, Management, New Technology, North America, Rail, Safety, Security, Services, Sustainability |

When Hurricane Sandy hit New York City last week it was the second time in just over a year – following Hurricane Irene in August 2011 — that the city’s Subway system had been shut down by flooding. ‘New York has a hundred-year flood every two years now’ said New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo to Barack Obama when the President halted his election campaign to tour areas devastated by Sandy. “Part of learning from this is the recognition that climate change is a reality....

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