Rail fares ‘to rise by 4.1%’ in England

Commuters in England face an average 4.1% rise in regulated rail fares – including season tickets – next year. Ministers say the rises will pay for investment in the rail network. Trade unions organised protests at stations around the country and called for the rail network to be returned to public ownership. Labour said those […]

Same-sex marriage set to enter law

The bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales has passed its final hurdle in Parliament. The government legislation is now due to get royal assent, after which it is likely to become law later this week. The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat leaderships all backed the bill, after the Lords approved the […]

BT Openzone wi-fi network closing to O2 customers

From 1 July customers of O2 will no longer have access to BT Openzone wi-fi hotspots around the UK, when a four-year deal between the two firms ends. In an email to customers, O2 says its own network of more than 8,000 wi-fi hotspots will still be available in various shops and restaurant chains. BT […]

Bob Crow – “Increases could have been avoided”

Rail passengers face increases in the cost of travel, after a surprise jump in the rate of inflation. Fares in England will go up by an average of 6.2%, while in Scotland the rise will be 4.2%. No figure has yet been set in Wales. Bob Crow, the leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport […]

Overcrowding at London Bridge station and Cannon Street

Commuters have been urged to avoid London Bridge, one of the hotspot stations during the Olympics. The station is overcrowded with long delays for passengers to get to the trains after a signal failure at Canon Street rail station. Southeastern train services are being diverted to London Bridge and Charing Cross. Transport for London (TfL) […]

Olympic rings lowered over Thames

A set of giant Olympic rings has been lowered from Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London, marking one month until the start of the Games. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says it shows the city’s readiness to host the event. via BBC News Download video: MP4 format | Ogg format | WebM […]

Tube staff have voted for industrial action

 Tube staff have voted for industrial action over a plan to move control centre employees from Piccadilly to Hammersmith. The RMT union claimed its staff have voted overwhelmingly for strike action and action short of a strike, citing disagreements over jobs and conditions. Among their disputes are staffing cuts for Service Control on the Jubilee […]

Wi-fi turned on at Tube stations in London

Free wi-fi at some London Underground stations has now been turned on. Transport for London (TfL) said people at King’s Cross and Warren Street Tube stations will now be able to pick up the internet at ticket offices, escalators and platforms. On Friday, Oxford Circus and Green Park Tube stations will go live, followed by […]