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Newsletter 031 September 2017:

Beware the driverless Trojan Horse Rosalind Readhead

Chris Barker considers the draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy

HS2 and Euston Andrew Bosi

Bridging the gap between platform and train Neil Roth and John Cartledge

Redressing the balance – converting a car parking bay to a people parking bay

News Roundup includes: More gyratories to go; Keeping private cars out of central London; Bus changes on Oxford Street; Crossing the Thames; Campaign against idling; Rethinking the bus network.

CBT London Group Newsletter 031 | September 2017

Newsletter 030 May 2017:

Archway – the alternative? Peter MacBryde

Oxford Street pedestrians or buses? Andrew Bosi

Southeastern rail franchise consultation Lianna Etkind 

Buses into the future Peter Osman

News Roundup includes: Road pricing for London; Encouraging walking; Safer streets for children; More electric buses; Putney High Street;  Gospel Oak to Barking line trouble

CBT London Group Newsletter 030 | May 2017 1.7 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 029 January 2017:

This issue starts with Come on board an account of TfL’s efforts to ensure that buses and trains are accessible for all. There is also a comment on the closure of lists at underground stations effectively making them inaccessible.

In Slower speeds in London, Jeremy Leach records the progress which is being made to roll out 20 mph limits throughout London boroughs.

Rosalind Readhead calls for Car-free and Fly-free days.

There are comments on the removal of gyratory systems at Archway and Highbury, on removing buses from Oxford Street, on the introduction of electric buses to London’s streets and terminating further orders for the Boris bus.

We celebrate the reopening of Lea Bridge station and the new connection between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central stations whilst decrying the over pessimistic forecasts for usage.

We also record two schemes for the access of high speed lines to London to rival HS2.

Correction in regard to the article Farewell to the Boris busApologies for a couple of errors which crept into this report. The original order was for 2,000. In January 2017 there were 870 in service and the present order stops at 1,000. If Sadiq Khan orders no more that will be that. We also said that the rear platform is now permanently closed. This is not correct but will now open only at stops under the control of the driver instead of being permanently open and under the control of a guard, as was the original intention.

CBT London Group Newsletter 029 | January 2017 1.9 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 028 September 2016:

In What’s wrong with HS2 – the CBT view, James MacColl, CBT Head of Campaigns outlines some major problems with the plans for the high-speed 2 rail project. Foremost of these is that the project proposals do not form part of a coherent national transport strategy.

With proposals from Mayor Sadiq Khan to introduce a Toxicity Charge, and the publication of a University of Leeds report that forecasts that driverless cars will lead to a substantial made shift from public transport to private car, Rosalind Readhead and Margherita Rendel remind us, in The Wages of Pollution, that the provision of good public transport remains important for many reasons.

Chris Barker looks at The Boris Legacy, the good and the not so good following eight years in office of former mayor Boris Johnson. Peter Cox and Alastair Hanton consider the benefits of Putting south London on the tube map. There is news on Pedestrianising Oxford Street by 2020, and Better Interchanges.

Reports of a deterioration in bus speeds in London, second thoughts on Crossrail 2, dealing with London’s toxic air, and an investigation into traffic congestion, all feature in News Roundup. There is also more on HS2 and the Old Oak Common interchange.

CBT London Group Newsletter 028 | September 2016 2.3 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 027 May 2016:

This edition leads with an assessment of Mayor Khan’s prospects from Chris Barker, Sadiq Khan is Mayor, and two articles by Charles Martin and Andrew Bosi on TfL’s prospects for taking over suburban rail services in South London, Turning South London Orange.

News roundup includes a report on TfL’s proposals to minimise the toll of deaths and injuries caused by London’s buses, the latest plans for Brent Cross and a report on the Crossrail 2 consultation. We also mention Transport for All’s demands on the mayor to make transport accessible for all and a report on sharing space between cyclists and pedestrians.

We report on the reopening of Lea Bridge station and our evening of “railway chat” with Paul Prentice and Christian Wolmar.

CBT London Group Newsletter 027 | May 2016 1.4 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 026 January 2016:

Andrew Bosi leads with criticism of aspects of Crossrail 2, Robin Whittaker writes about the plans for a new river crossing at Silvertown and Friedbert Meinert reviews the future of electric transport. Mayoral candidate Rosalind Readhead proposes a plan to pay people to walk, cycle and run.

Other articles concern lorry safety and diesel pollution, the accessibility of lifts at underground stations and the question of whether TfL should run London’s trains.

CBT London Group Newsletter 026 | Jan 2016 2.0 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 025 September 2015:

Chris Barker suggests that Heathrow Expansion is not a done deal, Andrew Bosi reviews plans for a Northern Powerhouse in The North-South Transport Divide, and John Cox looks again at Old Oak Common.

In a guest article, TfL Improves Bus Safety Reporting, Tom Kearney welcomes TfL’s decision to support independent scrutiny of the safety of its bus operations.

News Roundup includes items on air quality issues associated with airport expansion, more suburban rail transfer to London Overground, Silvertown Tunnel, removal of the Baker Street gyratory, ending the danger of lorries on London’s roads, and the introduction of 20 mph across Haringey imminent.

CBT London Group Newsletter 025 | Sep 2015 3.3 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 024 May 2015:

This edition leads with Play Streets boost children’s activity levels. Claudia Draper looks at how Hackney Council has brought hopscotch, chalking, skipping and social interaction back to a growing number of streets in the borough with minimal impact on traffic.

In Election Special, Chris Barker reviews the party manifestos, and in light of the May 2015 general election result considers the prospects now for transport in London.

The Mayor’s proposal to divert some of London’s roads underground is discussed by Chris Barker and John Cox in Tunnels under London, and in Wheelchairs or Buggies, which comes first? John Cartledge deliberates on the vexed question over disputes between users of wheelchairs and buggies on buses.

In London Overground takes on new routes, Stephen Garrett welcomes the expansion of London Overground’s responsibility to some suburban rail routes in east London, but highlights one unfortunate effect of improving revenue protection at Walthamstow Central.

News roundup includes items on Barking Riverside, Old Oak Common, electric buses and environmentally friendly taxis.

CBT London Group Newsletter 024 | May 2015 2.0 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 023 January 2015:

Chris Barker and Norman Beddington take a look at the revised proposals for new cycle superhighways in central London.

In Getting to the Airport, Stephen Garratt summarises a new paper from London TravelWatch on public transport access to London’s airports. A new publication: Street Design for All is reviewed by John MacBryde.

A controversial proposal to ban all private cars in London has been contributed by Rosalind Redhead, and in Who wants megalopolis? John Cartledge criticises the notion that London should be allowed to grow into a megacity.

CBT London Group Newsletter 023 | January 2015 1.5 MB (PDF document)

Newsletter 022 September 2014:

When transport is made accessible, everyone benefits. Raphaël Harfaux describes the work of Transport for All‘s ongoing campaign to make public transport truly public.

Andrew Bosi outlines the group’s response to the latest Crossrail 2 consultation,  and River Crossings are revisited.

A revised plan for the Archway Gyratory has been prepared by John MacBryde, and More gyratories to go leads News Roundup in this issue. The Roundup  also includes items on the demise of the estuary airport, the costs of commuting, improvements to rail services in south east London, and towards Hertfordshire, and on the Gospel to Barking line.

Ahead of our event at City Hall on 22nd October, where Isabel Dedring, London’s Deputy Major for Transport, is to speak about the 2050 Infrastructure Plan, Chris Barker sets the scene with London in 2050.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 022 | September 2014

Newsletter 021 May 2014:

Whither HS2? by Andrew Bosi

Surface transport to Heathrow by Richard Bourn

The Mayor’s Go Dutch Competition and more on Oxford Street and Brent Cross

In Feet First, Jeremy Leach discusses TfL’s draft London Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

News Roundup includes items on safer lorries, cashless buses, Oyster overcharging, the Central London Cycle Grid, HS2 in Camden, the time it takes pedestrians to cross the road, and one-way gyratory systems

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CBT London Group Newsletter 021 | May 2014

Newsletter 020 January 2014:

This edition includes London Cycling Hits the Headlines, by Norman Beddington, A New Bus for London, GLA Reviews Bus Services by Chris Barker, More runways in the south east, and the secretary of Westminster Living Streets responds to Oxford Street – the case for buses as outlined by John Cartledge in September 2013.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 020 | January 2014

Newsletter 019 September 2013:

In Developing a south London Metro, Charles Martin suggests that suburban rail would benefit from a combination of more frequent services at regular intervals, better connectivity, and the removal of timetable anomalies. Maria Arnold, Health and Environment Advisor, Client Earth,  looks at the implications of Defra’s proposals to scrap the duty for local authorities to monitor air quality in Air quality cover up, and John Cartledge looks again at Oxford Street – the case for the buses.

In News Roundup, we ask Do we really need more airports?, look at Overground expansion,  report that there will be No light rail for the Abbey line, and discuss Connectivity at Old Oak Common. We give Good and bad news for those wheelchair bound, note that Lambeth launches its cycling strategy, and that there are to be Speed limiters on vans, and take another look at Oxford Street again.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 019 | September 2013

Newsletter 018 May 2013:

An analysis of Boris Johnson’s cycling strategy for London by Norman Beddington led this issue. There was also a controversial plea from Mark Treasure of the Cycling Embassy for Great Britain for the retention of some gyratories.

We continue to argue for the electrification of the Gospel Oak-Barking line in News Roundup, discussed rail links to Heathrow, the various proposals for Crossrail 2 and commended the extension of 20 mph zones in London.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 018 |May 2013

Newsletter 017 January 2013:

Problems about proposals for an airport in the Thames estuary led this issue. We reported on the People not Traffic conference organised by the New West End Company. CBT London gave evidence to the West End Commission which was set up to consider the issue of the poor environment for pedestrians in the West End, generated mainly by the volume of traffic.

We featured an article by Rosie Tharp of the Canal and Towpath Trust promoting safer and greener routes for commuters.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 017 | January 2013

Newsletter 016 September 2012:

Stephen Garrett wrote on London’s air quality problem. Also in this issue was a critique of the new bus for London by Andrew Bosi.

John Cartledge wrote about the farcical situation which ensued when Cross Country train between Reading and Brighton were withdrawn. It left a few short sections of track without a passenger service and, as services cannot legally be withdrawn from any section of track without extensive consultation, TfL complied with the letter of the law by providing a once a week bus service. The bus connected Ealing Broadway with Wandsworth Road, although neither of these places was served by the withdrawn trains.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 016 | September 2012

Newsletter 015 May 2012:

With the re-election of Boris Johnson as mayor of London we analysed his manifesto and predicted what he would do for London.

David Martin looked at the pedestrianisation of Exhibition Road and, whilst admiring many features, concluded that in many ways it was something of a disappointment.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 015 | May 2012

Newsletter 014 January 2012:

Caroline Russell led with a protest at cycle deaths. Bruce McVean introduced us to the Movement for Liveable London and told us about his street talks.

Living Streets set out their mayoral electoral manifesto and Chris Barker reported on proposals for HS2.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 014 | January 2012

Newsletter 013 September 2011:

Norman Beddington reported on air pollution: a London Emergency. We also reported on the Campaign for Better Transport set up by the TSSA union.

Roger Blake reported on proposals for an improved train service between Tottenham Hale and Stratford calling at a reopened station at Lea Bridge.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 013 | September 2011

Newsletter 012 May 2011:

Norman Beddington reported on the mayor’s Cycle ~Superhighway proposals whilst Richard Bourn criticised TfL’s evidence to the GLA Transport Committee on congestion on London’s roads.

We also looked at railfreight in London, TfL’s proposals for Blackfriars Bridge and modest improvements to South London train services.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 012 | May 2011

Newsletter 011 January 2011:

Richard Bourn reported on the national comprehensive spending review saying that transport has done relatively well. However he bemoaned cutting funding for walking, cycling and road safety.

Margaret Deyes wrote about the slow progress in installing step-free access to underground stations and Chris Barker commemorated the Buchanan Report, published 50 years before.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 011 | January 2011

Newsletter 010 September 2010:

Charles Martin kicked off with a critique of the new Cycle Superhighways and David Martin made a case for a central London pedestrian network.

Roger Blake reported on the success of a campaign to improve train services at London Fields and Cambridge Heath.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 010 | September 2010

Newsletter 009 May 2010:

Norman Beddington reported on a talk by Simon Birkett, the founder of Campaign for Clean Air, in which he described the quality of air in London as one of the biggest health failings.

Richard Bourn looked at traffic problems anticipated with major development projects at Brent Cross and Battersea and Robin Whittaker advocated the building of new rail goods terminals in London.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 009 | May 2010

Newsletter 008 January 2010:

The centre pages of this issue was dedicated to an exchange between Living Streets and Guide Dogs for the Blind on the benefits and dangers of shared space between pedestrians and vehicles.

Tony Emerson calls for car free neighbourhoods in London, both new and retro-fitting old, and Charles Martin reported on the extension of Oyster to National Rail – a very good news story!

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CBT London Group Newsletter 008 | January 2010

Newsletter 007 September 2009:

Boris the cyclists champion? Was the title of the lead article by Norman Beddington.

We reported on TfL’s Legible London campaign and commented favourably on progress towards the outer rail circle with the forthcoming opening of the East London line.

Richard Bourn reported on the traffic implications of the mayor’s Outer London Commission.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 007 | September 2009

Newsletter 006 April 2009:

Oxford Street: a programme for change led this issue. We also looked at air quality and public transport and proposals for orbital bus routes.

Margherita Rendel reminded us that the majority of Londoners do not have access to a car and therefore have to depend on public transport.

We also reported on proposals for the Croxley rail link.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 006 | April 2009

Newsletter 005 January 2009:

James Skinner campaigned to open up the bus industry’s closed shop. We reported on Boris Johnson’s first six months and condemned plans for pedestrians at King’s Cross.

We reported on the end of the Western Congestion Charge Zone and John Cox appealed for more orbital bus routes.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 005 |January 2009

Newsletter 004 September 2008:

In this issue Roger Blake wrote about completing the outer Circle, Chris Barker on replanning London’s bus routes and James Skinner on energy security for the future.

We also reported on Living Streets’ Walkability Project to improve conditions for people on foot.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 004 | September 2008

Newsletter 003 May 2008:

Richard Bourn asks Boris: What now for transport? After Boris Johnson is elected mayor of London.

Chris Baker enters the debate about reducing traffic in Oxford Street after the publication of the New West End Company’s Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street Action Plan.

John Stewart appeals for no more runways at Heathrow and we note the establishment of a 20 mph limit on residential streets in Portsmouth.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 003 | May 2008

Newsletter 002 January 2008:

Norman Beddington is pleased to report that gyratories are on the way out in London. James Skinner puts his proposal for a green tram on Rainham Marshes.

We also report on the threat of huge traffic growth from the proposed development at Brent Cross and suggest that the new rail services from St Pancras International to Paris and Brussels might cut a fifth of flights from Heathrow.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 002 | January 2008

Newsletter 001 September 2007:

In our first issue Richard Bourn reported on the enquiry into the Thames Gateway Bridge. We also praised proposals for the cross-river tram and for the extension of the London congestion zone.

Chris Barker reported on TfL’s document on Transport 2025 and a proposal to tax gas guzzlers.

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CBT London Group Newsletter 001 | September2007

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