Emirates Air Line had just four Oyster card holders using it more than five times during one week in October

Will trams return to Regent Street?

THE CHAOTIC clash of pedestrians and vehicles in London's West End could soon be history if plans to remove all traffic from Regent Street and the surrounding area are approved. The reintroduction of trams, which disappeared from the capital's landscape 40 years ago, is central to the plans.

Romans hurtle along tram-lines towards a chaotic millenium

Andrew Gumbel finds the Eternal City on a one-way road to ruin with a hi-tech transport system that failed to deliver

Letter: Wedding bills

I read with appalled fascination Glenda Cooper's article (10 February), which cited pounds 12,500 as the average cost of a modern wedding.

Anti-Nazi protest

About 1,000 left-wing youths marched in Magdeburg to protest against neo-Nazi violence on the first anniversary of the murder of a teenager who strayed into right-wing turf. During the march, from the train station to the graveyard where Frank Boettcher is buried, demonstrators threw rocks at police and journalists and broke windows. A massive police presence, however, prevented fights between left-wingers and neo-Nazi groups in the east German town.

US general admits cable car crash jet was flying too low

Bending to the fury of Italian public opinion, US military officials finally acknowledged yesterday that the aircraft which crashed into a cable-car line in the Dolomites and killed 20 people this week had been flying well below the minimum permitted altitude.

His true story, being an inimitable account of life as a red-blooded MP

Today we are starting a brand new feature in this space - Alan Clark's Diaries! Yes, we bring you the day-to-day chronicles of a man about Westminster, with all the spice, verve, wit and mischief that we associate with the name of Alan Clark! And we start with a bang at the very start of this week!



48 hours in the life of ... Lisbon

You need a break - and a short-cut to the soul of a city. This week, Simon Calder checks out a capital caught between centuries.

Film: Waves of sentiment and the changing tidal rockpools of life

Gallivant Andrew Kotting (nc)

FAN'S EYE VIEW: No 222 Groundhopping

There was an unprecedented case of "Groundhopper Stops Play" on the opening day of the season. An ardent hopper known as "Tram" (because he works as a tram driver in Blackpool) travelled 250 miles to watch a Winstonlead Kent League match at Greenwich Borough FC. Tram specialises in touching both crossbars at every new ground he visits.

Letter: Cars, trams and trolleybuses

Letter: Cars, trams and trolleybuses

You, your car and how to end the affair

Christian Wolmar, author of a new pamphlet on the car, on how to ease the gridlock

Cordial Lyme

... and at the other end of the county Catherine Stebbings finds dinosaurs, squids and trams

All a tram has to do is travel faster than 6mph - London's rush- hour traffic speed - and the tortoise is ahead of the hare

Sleek, snub-nosed, silvery and silent, the handsome wide-bellied tram looks as comforting as a Hovis ad but it's as 21st-century as you can get. When 40 tons of steel shudder to a stop every five minutes, the way that trams do, and then start again, this tram does not eat electricity. At every stop, it feeds back power into the grid through overhead cables. State-of-the-art exhaust-free travel it is.
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