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Five-year multi-billion plan for railway unveiled

Preparing for future increased commuter demand is a key focus of Network Rail’s London North Western (LNW) route’s business plan for railway over the five years
global smart cities

Singapore, London and Barcelona named top global smart cities

A report by Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld has named Singapore, London and Barcelona as top global smart cities Naming Singapore, London and Barcelona as the world’s best smart cities, a report by Philips Lighting and SmartCitiesWorld reveals that visionary leadership is the factor that would make the biggest difference to...
overcrowding

Overcrowding is a growing concern according to The London Assembly

The London Assembly has called for a review of the London Housing Strategy as overcrowding becomes a growing issue A third of children in social housing and a quarter of children in private-rented accommodation live in overcrowded conditions. The London Assembly is concerned that without enough three and four-bedroom family-sized homes,...
free wi-fi

London Bridge station welcomes the arrival of free Wi-Fi

London Bridge becomes the second Network Rail managed station to offer free Wi-Fi to its travellers Millions of station users are set to benefit from the launch of free Wi-Fi in London Bridge station as the service hopes to improve the experience of passengers and people using the station. The station,...
property guardians

Property Guardians – second class renters?

Becoming a Property Guardian is no longer a life-style choice, but a necessity in an over-heated rental market Property Guardians (PGs) come from many different age groups, are often working and on modest incomes. Most PGs live a precarious existence. New research, carried out by York University for the London Assembly...

Will the council tax hike be enough to keep London safe? 

The London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee publishes its ‘Response to the Mayor’s draft consultation budget 2018-19’ The Mayor’s key decision this year was to increase council tax by 5 percent to be mainly allocated to the Met and London’s fire service. But despite the extra cash, Sadiq Khan has...
UK cabinet reshuffle

Sam Gyimah is made new Universities Minister as UK cabinet reshuffle continues

Sam Gyiah will replace Jo Johnson as the new Universities Minister following the recent UK cabinet reshuffle Sam Gyimah, the former prisons minister, took on the role as the new Universities and Science Minister to replace Jo Johnson who has been appointed as the Transport Minister and Minister for London. On...

Fewer delays for UK rail passengers following Christmas upgrades

Key rail upgrades in the UK for Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex passengers were completed over Christmas and New Year as part of a package of upgrades that will transform journeys into London Key rail upgrades in the UK Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex passengers were completed over Christmas and New Year...
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Disruption for travellers as Network Rail begins investment programme

Travellers may be disrupted as Network Rail begins major Christmas investment programme this weekend Service restrictions will be in place from Saturday 23 December to 1 January while Network Rail begin improvement work at Sevenoaks Tunnel, Redhill Statio and London Bridge. Work will begin at Sevenoaks Tunnel between Tonbridge and Sevenoaks...
accessibility scheme

Step-free access plans approved for Carshalton Station

Sutton Councils gives green light for £2.5m accessibility scheme at Carshalton station Passengers can look forward to easier travel as National Rail will develop a accessibility scheme to improve step-free access between the station entrances and platforms with a view to starting work on the site in autumn 2018. Currently, passengers with...
Warm Homes Fund

National Grid targets fuel poverty with Warm Homes Fund

National Grid to tackle fuel poverty across the UK with new £150m Warm Homes Fund Over 9,000, ranging from island cottages on Orkney to terraced houses in London, will benefit from the first payments of the National Grid Warm Homes Fund. The £150 million fund, which is supported by Affordable Warmth Solutions,...
low-income tenants

Rents rising for low-income tenants

Low-income tenants have seen a rise in the proportion of their wages being spent on rent over the last 20 years, as revealed by new data
homelessness in london

The problem of ‘hidden’ homelessness in London

A new report reveals the extent of homelessness in London and the 'hidden homeless' who do not receive adequate help from authorities A new report into homelessness in London reveals that there are 13 times more 'hidden homeless' people than those sleeping rough, around 12,500, with around 225,000 young Londoners having...
London council cracks down on empty properties

London council cracks down on empty properties

Buy-to-leave homeowners may face fines and even prison sentences for buying properties and leaving them vacant under new measures introduced by Islington Council. Growing numbers of foreign investors are cashing in on the soaring housing prices in the capital, but leaving properties empty as their value rises. Now, Islington Council is...

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