From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.
Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.
The overground embodiment of London's Underground Tube network is to undergo a mass transformation, transport bosses will announce today.
The Underground's historic home, 55 Broadway, is to be redeveloped into residential accommodation as part of plans by Transport for London (TfL) to generate more non-fare revenue.
Bosses expect the Grade I listed Westminster building, which has stood for 85 years, to be converted from offices into new retail units and residential space, including some affordable housing.
The problems of air pollution on London Underground will be debated at the Assembly later. Officials insist that dust from the train brakes does not pose a health risk to the public.
London mayor Boris Johnson has confirmed proposals for a ban on cyclists using a spectacular new bridge over the Thames.Read the full story ›
The proposed bridge designed by Thomas Heatherwick CBE to accommodate pedestrians and backed by actress Joanna Lumley, would provide a new route connecting the north and south of the capital. Thomas Heatherwick CBE is also known for his design of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron
Figures have been released on the proposed footbridge connecting Temple with the South Bank. Known as the 'Garden Bridge', Boris Johnson has ordered Transport for London to provide funding for the bridge of up to £30 million. The annual cost of maintaining the bridge is estimated to be £2.5 million.
Transport for London are introducing a new system which they say will make it easier for customers to claim refunds for delayed journeys.
They can now claim refunds for service delays through using their online Oyster details instead of filling out forms online or on paper.
The new refund service will launch on Monday 23rd June and can be used by any customers who have experienced a delay within TFL's control of 15 minutes or more on the Tube and DLR and of 30 minutes or more on the Overground.
London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed this evening that London is being 'held to ransom' by the RMT Union over next week's planned Tube strike.
His comments came as talks between London Underground and unions bosses finished today with the planned three day stoppage still on.
The Mayor said: said: "Once again London is being held to ransom by a minority of just one union, the RMT, who, unlike the other three unions, and on a ballot taken last November with just 30 per cent support, is digging in its heels and refusing to play its part in shaping the future of the Tube."
"Less than three per cent of journeys involve a visit to Victorian era ticket offices, which cost Londoners £50 million a year to run. It makes absolutely no sense to keep them open.
RMT said after "eight hours of talking about very little" next week's 72-hour Tube strike was still on.
"They have spent eight hours talking about very little so regrettably the strike is still on," the RMT's John Leach said outside Acas.