Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch urges Londoners to dive in the dock

Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to a freezing soak – he undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge six times – and now he’s urging Londoners to plunge into east London’s docks for charity.

Giles BroadbentBenedict Cumberbatch urges Londoners to dive in the dock
A man is removed from the road by police after taking part in a protest to block the arrival of military vehicles to the arms fair in 2015 (Image: AFP)

Campaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair

Protesters plan to lay siege to the Excel exhibition centre , in Docklands, for a week next week in an attempt to disrupt a major arms fair. The DSEI Conference, the world’s largest, heads to east London every two years, each time drawing a coalition of campaigners, some of whom set up camp as a staging post for direct action. The police …

Giles BroadbentCampaigners make plans to disrupt Excel arms fair
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
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