Live updates

Crossrail to stretch from Reading to Shenfield

Crossrail stretches from Berkshire in the west to as far east as Shenfield in Essex and also takes in spurs to Heathrow Airport in west London and to Abbey Wood in south east London.

Map showing the Crossrail extension to Reading, via Twyford Credit: Crossrail

Transport Minister Stephen Hammond said once Crossrail services began across the whole line in 2019, passengers travelling to London from Reading and other Thames Valley stations would be able to reach more destinations across London without the need to change at Paddington.


Crossrail to make better use of Great Western Main Line

Crossrail reaching Reading is further proof of our commitment to deliver a transport network fit for the 21st century. It will improve connectivity and deliver greater choice and convenience for passengers travelling into London.

It will also make better use of the already congested Great Western Main Line, freeing up capacity for further improvements including potential direct services from Reading to Heathrow as part of the Western Access Scheme.

In addition, I have requested Network Rail to look at the cost benefit analysis of increasing the number of faster trains between Reading and Paddington.

– Stephen Hammond MP, Transport Minister

Renters in the capital face a financial crisis

A new survey has shown that 2 in 5 private renters in London have to cut back on food and heat in order to pay their rent. According to campaign Generation Rent 42% said they had to limit their heating while 41% cut back on food.

London has 2 million private renters. 1.5 million people, almost 75% said that they rent because they cannot afford afford to buy their own property. Despite high costs conditions remain poor for many renters. 31% are living in properties with unacceptable dampness.

Landlords are often unsupportive of their tenants with 40% of renters saying their landlord does not care about their living standards.


Gatwick Airport release vision for new runway

The owners of Gatwick Airport have released footage of their plans to build a new runway.

The airport claims that the expansion would help the UK connect to 27 more destinations than a third runway at Heathrow, while a key architect behind the plans suggests the move could spark an Olympic-style boost for the economy of south London.

Read: Gatwick vows to start building second runway by 2020

New runway would kick start 'Olympic-style boost'

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Leading architect Sir Terry Farrell claimed a new runway would kick start an Olympic-style boost for the economy of South London.

Computer generated image of a two-runway Gatwick

Sir Terry has been commissioned to draw-up plans for expanding the airport as part of a new campaign called "Gatwick Obviously".

Gatwick vows to start building second runway by 2020

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

The owners of Gatwick Airport vowed today to start building a controversial second runway by 2020. The announcement is the latest salvo in the battle between Heathrow and Gatwick to win government backing for airport expansion.

Computer generated image of a two-runway Gatwick Airport
Load more updates