Unions ready for fight over 24-hour Tube

A working party of management and unions has been set up to investigate running the London Underground 24 hours a day during the 2012 Olympics.

Round-the-clock Olympic Tube travel discussed

A working party has been set up to investigate running Tube services for 24 hours a day during the 2012 London Olympics, it was revealed today.

China in Tube phone network bid

A Chinese telecoms firm is bidding to install mobile phone transmitters in the London Underground in time for the 2012 Olympics, it was reported today.

Two-thirds of London's Boris bikes need repairs

Casualty rates are 'better than feared', says TfL

Business Diary: Willie Walsh flying high with honour

Willie Walsh is clearly going up in the world. The chief executive of the recently created International Airlines Group is, diary has learned, to receive the "Encomienda de Número" of the Spanish Order of "Isabel la Católica". For those lacking knowledge of Spanish practices when it comes to awarding gongs, this is a seriously prestigious Spanish civil order granted in recognition of "services that benefit the country". Whatever next? An OBE, perhaps, for services to industrial relations? Surely not.

Boris Johnson calls for new airport in the south east

London mayor Boris Johnson today backed a report calling for a brand new south-east England airport.

Rail passengers 'ripped off' by Oyster Card system

Rail passengers in London are being "ripped off" after being overcharged by more than £60 million because of problems with pay-as-you-go travel card payments, it was claimed today.

Third of Tube stations will be unmanned, says union

A fresh row over staffing levels on London Underground broke out today when union leaders claimed almost a third of Tube stations would be left unmanned because of job cuts.

West London freed from congestion charging

Motorists in west London will be celebrating a small victory today, as they drive – for free – along the now abandoned western extension of the congestion charge zone.

Main line rail fares increased by 6.2 per cent

Inflation-busting rises in rail and Tube fares take effect today with some mainline season tickets going up almost 13%.

Court move to halt Boxing Day Tube strike

London Underground is taking legal action in a bid to prevent a Boxing Day strike by Tube drivers going ahead, it was announced today.

Tube strike set for Boxing Day

London Underground (LU) drivers have voted massively in favour of striking on Boxing Day in a row over pay. The Aslef union is claiming triple pay and a day off in lieu for its members working on 26 December, saying LU is refusing to offer any extra pay.

Threat of longer strikes as Tube passengers suffer

Strikes by London Underground workers could be escalated in the new year, with two or three-day walkouts considered, union leaders warned today as passengers suffered fresh delays and disruption because of the latest bout of industrial action.

Cyclo-therapy: 'It was a bad idea to ride a Boris Bike home after a few pints. I looked up too late to avoid the parked car'

I've done it again. And I hesitate to admit it because it exposes me as a fool who deserves the reproachful e-mails that will no doubt drop into my inbox as a result.

Monday Tube strike goes ahead as talks fail

A 24-hour strike by thousands of London Underground workers will go ahead from Sunday evening after hopes of a peace deal over job losses collapsed today.

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