China’s “Rainbow wars” are coming to the UK, as rival bike share firms set up – Ofo in Cambridge, Mobike in Manchester, and this week Singapore’s Obike arrived in London. Pay attention, because if China is anything to go by, this is going to be big.
Self-driving cars are coming, and a very good thing too – trying to steer them ourselves has killed tens of millions. But what unintended consequences might they have? It’s rash to predict, but how about: new jaywalking laws, the end of parking meters, and a desperate need for congestion charging.
TfL’s planned Westway cycle route shows better than anything why the Mayor should be given control of more of the boroughs roads. A red-route network intended for “strategic” traffic looks increasingly out-of-date in an age of cycling.
On January 6th 2015, or thereabouts, London hits an extraordinary milestone – the population finally catches up with its 1939 peak population – from now on it will be an all-time high. Has any other city in history bounced back from losing two and a quarter million people?
Seventy five years on: same population, but an utterly different city. Here I take a look at how things have changed.
Is it time to redraw the map of London to reflect the reality of its huge economic pull on the wider south-east? New data released last week shows what an even “greater” London might look like.
As the UK’s second High Speed line gets the Government’s go-ahead, opposition from rural constituencies has been much discussed. But could the biggest transformation actually be in Europe’s largest urban industrial estate?
The most gas-guzzling form of transport isn’t a 4×4, it’s an eight-litre public bus, driving around almost empty, burning it’s way through diesel and subsidies. But a surprising technological solution could change that, and even mean the end of buses as we know them.