Shut Hammersmith flyover causes 'traffic hell'

A flyover which takes traffic to and from the UK's biggest airport will remain closed for at least another week due to structural problems, it was announced today.

It could be back to the drawing board for Crossrail funding

Will PFI be thrown over for taxpayers’ money? The decision will be announced after Christmas

Business Diary: Royal London gets on its bike

Life insurers aren't usually regarded as the sort of companies where adrenaline rules – and you might think that Royal London, one of the country's biggest mutually owned insurers, would be more sleepy than most. Someone at the company obviously has a yearning for a more high-octane life, however. Royal London has just extended its contract to sponsor the Isle of Man TT motorbike race for another three years. It's a deal that brings the company worldwide publicity, although maybe an odd one for an insurer, given the regular accidents.

Tube drivers get £500 in Olympics strike deal

The threat of Tube strikes during the Olympics has lessened significantly after drivers said they would accept a payment of at least £500 for working during the event next year.

Move to tackle Oyster overcharging

Moves to tackle overcharging of London travellers who forget to touch out with their Oyster pay-as-you-go card at the end of their journey were announced today.

Lights won't change for London Olympics VIPs

Olympic officials and sponsors will speed past thousands of ordinary Londoners stuck in traffic during next year's Olympic Games as part of controversial plans which give so-called VIPs extraordinary access to the capital's roads.

Rethinking the Tube map: A design for strife

Harry Beck's Tube map is an undisputed classic, but a recent attempt to improve on it has derailed the consensus, as Chris Beanland discovers

Motorists fume as Olympic rehearsal closes capital's roads

In a sign that does not bode well for next summer's celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards.

Councils condemn plans to cut rigorous checks for cab drivers

Council leaders and safety campaigners have condemned government plans to relax the criminal checks designed to protect passengers from dangerous taxi drivers.

Letter from the editor: A source of unending wonder

It is a source of unending wonder to me that the commuting population of London and its environs does not rise up in peaceful revolution against the authorities responsible for our public transport.

Olympics pressure on London roads

The capital's roads will be put under extra pressure from traffic during the Olympic Games next year, Transport for London (TfL) admits, due to the special lanes being reserved for athletes and officials.

RMT union rejects new Tube pay offer

Union leaders representing thousands of London Underground workers have rejected an improved five-year pay offer, it was announced today.

379 Tube staff earn £100,000-plus

The number of staff at Transport for London earning over £100,000 a year has increased to 379, new figures showed today.

Cycling: Wiggins criticises Olympic tickets 'shambles' and 'unsafe' Boris bikes

On the day Bradley Wiggins was named along with fellow Britons Geraint Thomas and Ben Swift in Team Sky's line-up for the Tour de France, the 31-year-old skidded off-message with an attack on the "dangerous Boris bikes" scheme introduced in London.

Tube bosses appeal over strike

London Underground appealed for a series of Tube strikes to be called off today, saying it will reinstate a sacked driver if told to by an employment tribunal.

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