Next stop Michael Phelps: London tube map given Olympic makeover

Many visitors pouring into London this summer for the Olympics will arrive at Nadia Comaneci. They'll need to travel by tube to Simon Whitfield (via Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) before changing there and heading to Michael Phelps (via Carl Lewis).

Jubilee line may not cope with Olympic demand

Heavily delayed upgrade work threatens London Underground's most important Olympic route, politicians have warned.

Jubilee line 'is biggest risk to Olympic transport plans'

The Jubilee line is the biggest risk to transport plans for the 2012 Games, the London Assembly claimed today.

WiFi at Tube stations for Olympics

Tube passengers will have access to free WiFi during the Olympic Games. Platforms at 80 stations will have wireless coverage after Transport for London appointed Virgin Media to provide the service.

Tube repair staff in strike ballot

Hundreds of London Underground maintenance workers are set to be balloted for strikes in a row over pensions and travel facilities, with the result due weeks before the capital's mayoral election.

The 4am munchies just got a whole lot more convenient in LA

Instant cupcakes: simply add your bank card

The 4am munchies just got a whole lot more convenient in LA, after Sprinkles shop in Beverly Hills created the world's first 24-hour cupcake ATM.

Katy Guest: Happiness is... not being told about the latest stupid survey

The Government gave us all food for thought last week when it finally published the first data from its long-awaited report on happiness. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) interviewed 80,000 people for its National Well-being Programme, and now it can tell us with some certainty that, on a happiness scale from 0 to 10, people in the UK are, on average, 7.6 happy.

Leading article: Not the sort of help Mr Miliband needs

With friends like these... For the umpteenth time since he became Labour leader, Ed Miliband must have been cursing his trade union supporters, after the leader of Unite, Len McCluskey, suggested that protests could be timed to disrupt the London Olympics.

Blue light for Tube emergency teams

Emergency teams rushing to incidents on the Tube are to travel under the same blue-light-and-siren system as police, ambulance and fire services, it was announced today.

London cyclist safety plan launched

The first of 500 junctions to be reviewed under moves to improve cycle safety were announced today, including suggestions of giving bikes an "early start" at green traffic lights.

The scene in west London

Firefighters tackle 'challenging' west London fire

Around 75 firefighters and 15 fire engines were tackling a blaze at a site that is believed to be a dairy today.

On your marks, get set, go (the long way to your venue)

Official travel advice to spectators visiting 2012 Games will give them a real test of endurance

Hammersmith flyover in West London closed to traffic on December 23 2011 when defects were found in the cables that support the road

Hammersmith flyover to partially reopen

A busy west London flyover that closed before Christmas due to major structural problems will partially reopen before this morning's rush hour, transport chiefs have said.

Hammersmith flyover in West London closed to traffic on December 23 2011 when defects were found in the cables that support the road

Race against clock to fix vital transport artery for Olympics

Experts fear London's Hammersmith Flyover could be closed for months due to defects

The ‘ghost bike’ memorial to Min Joo Lee and Emma Foa, who were killed in the area

Cyclists plan blockade of deadly junction

Protesters say Transport for London is doing nothing to tackle the rise in fatal accidents

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