Jubilee line biggest risk to 2012 transport plans, says Assembly

16 MARCH 2012

The London Assembly Transport Committee has today written to the Mayor to welcome the good progress made on preparing the transport network to cope with the 2012 Games – but some elements of the plans remain a concern[1].

The Jubilee line – a key route to the Olympic Park and other Games venues - continues to be an issue.  Largely thanks to heavily delayed upgrade works, the line suffers regular disruption, and is the only Underground line to see an increase in delays caused by infrastructure failures during the latest published performance period[2].

Mayor gets green light to levy hefty charges on utilities who dig up London's busiest roads from June 2012

16 MARCH 2012

  • DfT confirm London can introduce targeted and avoidable lane rental scheme on capital's most congested areas.
  • Funding raised by scheme will be ploughed back into innovative methods to further reduce disruption associated with roadworks.

London will be the first city in the UK to make utility companies pay for the amount of time they dig up the busiest roads, incentivising them to complete works at the least disruptive times, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced today.

Mayor announces new £41m capital fund to drive jobs and economic growth in London

16 MARCH 2012

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has announced details of a new £41m London Growth Fund to drive jobs, boost housing and stimulate economic growth across the capital.

Mayor joins Team London Ambassadors to prepare for 'A Summer Like No Other'

16 MARCH 2012

  • Mayor unveils volunteers who will give 8,000 Londoners a direct role in the Games and enhance visitor experience during the Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • First glimpse of uniforms, public information booths and look and feel of London that will enhance experience for Londoners and visitors to the capital during a ‘Summer Like No Other’

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today joined Team London Ambassadors for the first public unveiling of the eye-catching uniforms they will wear when they welcome the world for the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The Mayor, who met with 30 members of his 8,000 strong volunteer army at Wimbledon station in south London, also revealed one of the brightly coloured Ambassador ‘pods’ from which the welcoming faces of the city will base themselves at more than 40 key locations across the capital.

Mayor announces digital first as Virgin Media selected to offer Wi-Fi on Tube stations

15 MARCH 2012

  • Free Wi-Fi service for millions of commuters and visitors from summer 2012 
  • News comes as Yammer Inc confirm their first Developer Centre outside the US to be based in Shoreditch

The Mayor today confirmed that Londoners will be able to use Wi-Fi to access mobile internet services at Tube stations for the first time from June. A contract has been awarded to Virgin Media to provide public access Wi-Fi at up to 120 Tube station platforms at zero cost to the fare or taxpayer.

Irish Olympians and Paralympians join St Patrick's Day celebrations

15 MARCH 2012

Irish Olympians and Paralympians set to join Mayor's St Patrick's Day celebrations

Sports stars join feast of Irish talent, including music from Gemma Hayes and the High Kings and dance from Hammerstep

Thousands of school children ‘Get Set’ to take their 2012 seats thanks to Mayor and LOCOG’s ticket bonanza

15 MARCH 2012

Thousands of school children across London will find out today (March 15th) which London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sports their school has been awarded tickets for, thanks to LOCOG’s ‘Get Set’ Ticketshare scheme.

Two years ago the Mayor, pledged that one in eight school children across London would be able to see the action first hand when the Games come to the capital this summer. Since then more than 125,000 tickets have been set aside for them and their accompanying adults at no cost to the schools, to parents or to the taxpayer.

News from Darren Johnson: London 2012 Olympics won't be plastic bag free

15 MARCH 2012

News from Darren Johnson: London 2012 Olympics won't be plastic bag free

Abstract: Despite a commitment to a “zero-waste Games” shops and suppliers at the Games will be able to hand out plastic bags to visitors

Mayor of London in new jobs and skills drive

14 MARCH 2012

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced a vital funding boost of £6m to help small and medium sized companies in the capital offer apprenticeships to young people in search of work.

With new unemployment figures out today, the Mayor revealed that small and medium sized businesses will be entitled to apply for a £1,500 incentive payment if they employ an apprentice aged 16 to 24 as part of a new Government initiative managed by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).

New report sets out actions to tackle air and noise pollution around a growing Heathrow

14 MARCH 2012

With passenger numbers at Heathrow potentially growing by a third to 95 million a year, road traffic around the airport could increase dramatically - worsening already poor air quality unless urgent steps are taken to improve public transport links, a new report says today.

Plane Speaking by the Assembly’s Environment Committee builds on the Committee’s previous work[2] on environmental conditions around the UK’s busiest – and fastest growing – airport.