Artist's impression of Silvertown Tunnel

Air quality campaigners renew calls to scrap Silvertown Tunnel

Friends of the Earth has made fresh calls for the Silvertown Tunnel to be scrapped after a new assessment revealed that air pollution levels would be made worse by the tunnel. The original tests for Transport for London failed to take into account the Government’s recent Air Quality Plan which was forced by the courts to use more realistic assumptions …

Giles BroadbentAir quality campaigners renew calls to scrap Silvertown Tunnel
Preparations for a London Tunnel Run event in 2015 (Image: YouTube)

Racers cancel Surrey Quays tunnel run event

Residents of Surrey Quays can get some peace on Bank Holiday Sunday. A police crackdown on boy racers has forced the cancellation of a major tunnel run event. More than 1,000 souped-up cars were expected to descend on Rotherhithe and Blackwall – gathering at Surrey Quays Shopping Centre then heading through the tunnels. But after April’s event – which brought …

Giles BroadbentRacers cancel Surrey Quays tunnel run event
The traditional skills of fishmongers will be put to the test at Billingsgate

Top fishmongers put through their plaices at Billingsgate

The UK’s top fishmongers will be flaunting their fish filleting skills in London this August bank holiday weekend (August 26-27), as the British Fish Craft Championships return to the historic Billingsgate Market neighbouring Canary Wharf. It is the competition’s 65th anniversary and is being held at Billingsgate for the first time since the mid-80s. The competition will feature 55 of Britain’s finest …

Giles BroadbentTop fishmongers put through their plaices at Billingsgate
Jupiter and Mercury Clippers on the Thames together for the first time

New Thames Clippers vessels enter service

Two new Thames Clippers are now working together on the thames. Jupiter began service on Thursday (August 17) after completing the 200 mile journey from the Wight Shipyard Co Ltd on the Isle of Wight to Clippers HQ at Trinity Buoy Wharf. She joined sister ship Mercury which was put to work on the Thames in June. MBNA Thames Clippers’ co-founder and …

Giles BroadbentNew Thames Clippers vessels enter service
Rail workers remove points at London Bridge as part of the Thameslink upgrade

DLR comes under pressure as trains avoid key stations

DLR stations serving south London are likely to be busy next week because of a knock-on from Network Rail works, says TfL. Southeastern Trains are not serving Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge because between Saturday, August 26, and Saturday, September 2, leaving thousands of people looking for alternatives. The pressure will transfer to Woolwich Arsenal, Greenwich and Lewisham …

Giles BroadbentDLR comes under pressure as trains avoid key stations
Artist's impression of a road bridge at Gallions Reach

Newham mayor renews calls for road bridge at Gallions Reach

The Mayor of Newham has used the abandonment of the Garden Bridge project to renew his call for a road bridge at Gallions Reach. Sir Robin Wales welcomed the decision by London Mayor Sadiq Khan to withdraw funding guarantees for the controversial central London link. Following his decision, and a damning independent review, the Garden Bridge Trust wound up the …

Maxwell RyanNewham mayor renews calls for road bridge at Gallions Reach
Crossrail escalators at Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf gets an extra burst of escalator speed

Canary Wharf people move faster than the rest London. It’s a conclusion that can be made from observation at the Waitrose Self Service tills – and soon it will be built into the fabric of Crossrail. The escalators at Elizabeth line stations will all travel at 0.5 metres per second. Except in Canary Wharf where they will hit 0.75 metres …

Giles BroadbentCanary Wharf gets an extra burst of escalator speed
Workers investigate the uncovered rooms at Greenwich Palace (Image ORNC)

Discovery of old Greenwich Palace sheds light on Tudor life

The team preparing the ground for a new visitor centre for the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College have uncovered remains of Greenwich Palace, birthplace of Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I – a “remarkable find” according to experts. Two rooms from the grand palace – comparable in scale and grandeur to Hampton Court. A floor featuring …

Giles BroadbentDiscovery of old Greenwich Palace sheds light on Tudor life