Roads in Tower Hamlets

Why a Smart car is like a stretch limo on Tower Hamlets roads

Tower Hamlets road users would find themselves with a case of agoraphobia if they were to venture to the Orkneys. For the group of Scottish islands has a commodious 49m of road per person. The London borough has just 0.9m. They represent the best and worst in the country, according to the Department of Transport. At 90cm per person – …

Giles BroadbentWhy a Smart car is like a stretch limo on Tower Hamlets roads
Young couple looking in estate agents' window for a home together

If you want to buy a home, get a partner

Getting on the property ladder is a job for two people. With a first London home needing a £90,000 deposit, the Bank Of Mum And Dad can only stretch so far. Increasingly, 18 to 35-year-olds are waiting for The One or, at least, another one, before they quit renting – which is a more expensive option. According to Halifax, 45% …

Giles BroadbentIf you want to buy a home, get a partner
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
Bros at The O2

For two nights, Bros rediscover the joy of adulation

For five tempestuous, scream-filled, jean-ripped years between 1987 and 1992, Bros dominated the music and fashion scene in a way that now seems impossible into today’s fragmented pop culture. That they had few hits didn’t really seem to matter – although 25 years on it takes its toll on two stretched but sold-out return gigs at The O2, Greenwich.The duo …

Giles BroadbentFor two nights, Bros rediscover the joy of adulation
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
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