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Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

Local councils could lose millions from parking fines, as ban is proposed on CCTV ‘spy’ cameras across the UK

CCTV ‘spy’ cameras aimed at catching and fining motorists who commit traffic violations could be banned across the UK in the coming month. Last year alone, motorists in Croydon received almost 108,500 penalty charge notices (PCNs), with Hackney receiving 104,832, Lewisham 62,636, and Tower Hamlets 117,002. Eric Pickles, Secretary of…

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

Angry debate over Hackney pedestrianisation

“All business is gone. It’s getting worse and worse everyday.” Pawan Chawla, director of the shop Designer Baby on Narrow Way in Hackney, looks outside the window and shakes his head. “You can ask anybody around here. The difference is striking,” he continues, now pointing to the other side of…

Boris Johnson “guarantees” Croydon new tram extensions

Boris Johnson “guarantees” Croydon new tram extensions

The tram extension from Croydon to Crystal Palace will be completed by 2020, London Mayor Boris Johnson announced this week. Plans for the extension were proposed by Johnson, at a local meeting held in Selsdon on Tuesday 11 and approved by Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy on Sunday 16. In…

Tower Hamlets and Hackney to benefit from £300 million plan to make London roads safer for cyclists

Tower Hamlets and Hackney to benefit from £300 million plan to make London roads safer for cyclists

Three road junctions in Hackney and Tower Hamlets are to be redesigned as part of a £300m city-wide scheme aiming to make cycling safer for Londoners. The plan follows a spate of fatal cycling incidents on London’s roads late last year, during which cycling campaigners put extreme pressure on Boris…

Old Town no more: Croydon’s historical centre gets revamp

Old Town no more: Croydon’s historical centre gets revamp

Croydon residents have expressed excitement and approval at the proposed revamp of the historical Old Town area as the consultation period for the council’s plans gets underway. The £1.5m master plan aims to reinforce Old Town’s status as the borough’s historical centre by improving the area’s existing strengths such as…

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists put safety proposals to election candidates

Cyclists from Lewisham gathered yesterday to discuss proposals to pitch to candidates in the upcoming local elections. Lewisham Cyclists, as part of the Space for Cycling campaign, invited residents from all over the borough to meet at the borough town hall to discuss changes. The proposals aim to transform Lewisham…

New footbridge to provide safer link between stations

New footbridge to provide safer link between stations

A new footbridge between Hackney Downs and Hackney Central will open next year. Hackney Council’s planning committee approved the application for the elevated footbridge, after Travel for London (TfL) deemed the 600m walk along Amhurst Road, between the two stations, as “inconvenient and unsecure”. The footbridge, set to be open…

ELL Live Blog: second day of tube strike, London commuters face morning delays and closed stations

ELL Live Blog: second day of tube strike, London commuters face morning delays and closed stations

Good morning and welcome to our special Tube strike live blogging. We will be bringing you all the latest news and travel updates to help you get around east London. You can tweet and follow us on @eastlondonlines using #ELLtubestrike   19:13 The strike is due to end at 21:00 GMT…

Fare rises, strikes and signal failure – It’s not “good service”

Fare rises, strikes and signal failure – It’s not “good service”

  “All other lines are operating a good service”. Great. Just great. I’m so delighted to hear that automated-TFL-voice-lady, I’m so happy for your joyous achievement. Time and time again, Londoners hear these robotic propaganda messages being spewed from a 1984-esque faceless speaker and understand that their journeys are going…

Tube strikes set to begin in full force Tuesday evening, as ELL commuters face disrupted journeys for 48 hours

Tube strikes set to begin in full force Tuesday evening, as ELL commuters face disrupted journeys for 48 hours

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for a live blog from EastLondonLines updating Underground service disruptions. Share your travel disruption experiences on Twitter at #ELLtubestrike. Commuters in ELL boroughs face disrupted journeys on the Underground this week, as unions stage a two-day strike over proposed cuts to ticket offices. The strike will take…