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Harvey Tyrrell death: Boy, 7, electrocuted by 'defective' lights

BBC London News Feed - 2 hours 35 min ago
Harvey Tyrrell was electrocuted after climbing over a wall at the King Harold Pub in Romford.
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Southwark police car crash: Man jailed for injuring officers

BBC London News Feed - 3 hours 26 min ago
Haydon Martin was under the influence of drugs and driving at 60mph at the time.
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Uber: London cabbies plan to sue for damages

BBC London News Feed - 4 hours 41 min ago
Thousands of the capital's taxi drivers have already signed up to the planned group legal action.
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Response to High Court ruling on TfL Streetspace plans and Bishopsgate scheme

London Cyclist - 5 hours 44 min ago

We were naturally disappointed to see the High Court decision yesterday that the Mayor of London and TfL acted unlawfully and look forward to TfL's appeal. In the meantime this should have no impact on current schemes - there is no requirement to suspend or remove any Streetspace changes while the appeal is in progress. Judicial Reviews look at the process of decision making and how it is recorded and we believe, like TfL, that Streetspace is both necessary and justified. 

TfL, the Mayor and boroughs should of course consider the needs of disabled and elderly people in every scheme. However, these represent a minority of trips by taxi, and while they are important to consider, it is also imperative that we give increasing priority to public transport, cycling and walking for the sake of all Londoners.

Why Streetspace is so important for London

There has been a particular urgency to enable more people to walk and cycle, and reallocate road space away from private motor traffic, during a respiratory pandemic and at a time when many Londoners are avoiding crowded buses and tubes. TfL’s Streetspace programme has been key to doing this, with the additional benefit of addressing London’s air pollution crisis and the climate emergency, tackling the negative impacts unnecessary motor traffic visits on Londoners, and particularly on the elderly, disabled and poorest among us.

This approach was consulted on and approved in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, and in the guidance on Healthy Streets. Its urgency has been further underlined by declarations of climate emergencies by boroughs across London, and is further bolstered by every new bit of evidence on the climate crisis, and by the output of the government’s scientific advisors and panels.

In other words, the more we learn about the climate crisis, the more clear it is that bolder, more urgent action to cut unnecessary motor traffic and boost walking and cycling is required than has been managed to date.

What LCC wants to see next

Our “Climate Safe Streets” report is clear on what needs to be done going forward, and why. But it is also clear (as are the metrics put out by the Healthy Streets Scorecard coalition) that before Streetspace, neither London nor any individual borough was moving rapidly enough to deliver the current Mayor’s Transport Strategy core targets, let alone a zero carbon roads transport system by 2030, as current Mayor Sadiq Khan has effectively pledged to deliver.

Streetspace schemes have enabled many Londoners to exercise and carry out essential journeys safely when our transport options have been reduced. Similar schemes supporting cycling and walking must continue, not only in response to the pandemic, but the climate emergency, air pollution crisis and to ensure disabled and elderly people have access to a range of mobility options, not just taxis.

Summing up

This legal challenge is the latest in a long history of the taxi industry opposing any scheme that seeks to cut car use and boost walking and cycling. We look forward to TfL’s appeal of this judgement because it is in the best interests of Londoners, including the elderly and disabled, to reduce motor traffic across the capital. And we urge TfL, the Mayor, boroughs and indeed the taxi industry to work collaboratively to ensure appropriate access for disabled and elderly taxi passengers to their destinations, while also ensuring we rapidly reduce motor traffic journeys, including those in taxis, that could be done by other, more sustainable modes.

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London Marathon organisers 'optimistic' 2021 race will have record 50,000 runners

BBC London News Feed - 6 hours 4 min ago
London Marathon organisers are "very optimistic" a record 50,000 runners will be able to take part in the race when it is held on 3 October.
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QPR: Tom Carroll set to miss three months with knee ligament damage

BBC London News Feed - 6 hours 50 min ago
Queen's Park Rangers midfielder Tom Carroll looks set to miss three months after tearing knee ligaments.
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Large cannabis factory discovered near Bank of England

BBC London News Feed - 7 hours 21 min ago
The Square Mile's first-ever cannabis factory was found after a tip-off about a "strong smell".
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Jean-Philippe Mateta: Crystal Palace complete loan deal for Mainz striker

BBC London News Feed - 7 hours 57 min ago
Crystal Palace sign striker Jean-Philippe Mateta on an 18-month loan from Mainz.
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Covid: England's virus levels 'may have risen' in January

BBC London News Feed - 11 hours 32 min ago
Researchers warn that unless something changes, hospitals will continue to face significant pressure.
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Paul Roberts: How he taught Harry Styles his gloom-busting Kindness moves

BBC London News Feed - 18 hours 6 min ago
Choreographer Paul Roberts on his 'thrill' at working on the Treat People With Kindness video.
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Do you 'Zoom lunch' with home-working colleagues?

BBC London News Feed - 18 hours 6 min ago
Some firms are encouraging staff who are working from home to take their lunch breaks together.
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Brexit: 'I was asked to pay an extra £82 for my £200 coat'

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 23:59
Shoppers buying items from Europe now have to pay customs or VAT charges on those above a certain value.
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Continental Tyres League Cup: Manchester City Women 2-4 Chelsea Women

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 20:29
Guro Reiten and Sophie Ingle score in extra time as holders Chelsea win a dramatic League Cup quarter-final at Manchester City.
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Huddersfield Town v Millwall

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 17:01
Live coverage of Wednesday's Championship game between Huddersfield Town and Millwall.
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Brentford v Luton Town

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 17:00
Live coverage of Wednesday's Championship game between Brentford and Luton Town.
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Harrow baby death: Mother denies murdering five-month-old son

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 16:57
Mariam Benzain is accused of murdering her baby boy in Harrow in July last year.
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Joy Morgan: Murdered student 'may have been given drugs without knowing'

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 15:20
The body of Joy Morgan was found two months after a man was convicted of her murder.
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Paul Gustard: Harlequins head of rugby leaves role by mutual consent

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 15:19
Harlequins announce head of rugby Paul Gustard has left the Premiership club by mutual consent.
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Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 15:12
Live coverage of Wednesday's Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers.
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Croydon Council to cut services to tackle £1.5bn debt

BBC London News Feed - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 14:10
Croydon Council plans to make £25m cuts to services to help balance the books.
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