Author Archives: DavidM

Sold short at Kensal Green

Kensal Green Tube Station(Photo Credit: amandabhslater – licensed under Creative Commons) Ticket office closures have rightly focussed attention on staffing levels at Tube stations. There is a current commitment to ensure that all Tube stations are staffed during operating hours. … Continue reading

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Watch out Ken, Boris is on the hunt in the suburbs again.

Boris Johnson Election Leaflet (Photo Credit: jaimelondonboy – licensed under Creative Commons) Did you hear that? You’d need finely attuned hearing but I think that’s unmistakable sound of a dog whistle emmanating from City Hall in the direction of London’s … Continue reading

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Amazon Kindle 3: A Review

The new Kindle from Amazon is a very impressive device, well conceived and highly featured for the price. In the short time I’ve had it I’ve come to really like it. Glad I didn’t buy an iPad.

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The TfL Board should tell the Mayor where to stick his shovel

“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging” The TfL Board on 22nd September is going to be asked to approve an extension of the Cycle Hire Scheme. By how much we will probably not know as TfL are … Continue reading

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Confirmed: TfL’s own figures show Cycle Hire Scheme is a poor investment

The Cycle Hire Scheme is still struggling. Casual use could be months away and TfL with their contractors, Serco, have been unable to solve operational issues that should have been fixed within a few weeks of launch. The business case, … Continue reading

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Email fail!

Sorry if you were one of the people that sent me an email today off the blog. They appear to have disappeared into thin air. Problem fixed now.

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Cycle Hire Scheme Business Case – First Thoughts

Its here! After weeks and weeks of prodding, the business case for the Cycle Hire Scheme landed in my inbox from TfL this morning. Its a weighty document and will take some time to analyse and cross check with other … Continue reading

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Cycle hire scheme caught between a rock and a hard place

Don’t look here for a bike after 5.30PM, docking station on Scala Street, W1 The ability of casual users to make use of the London Cycle Hire scheme has been delayed again. TfL are now saying it will be the … Continue reading

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Not perfect and more work to do, but Ken’s the better choice

The choice of candidates wasn’t ideal and the campaign not entirely riveting, but the different choices on offer to Labour members for their candidate for Mayor are now clear. Oona King has made great play of being the new kid … Continue reading

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Ignore the headlines, Brent is going in right direction on bin collections

Don’t ever say this blog doesn’t tackle the big issues. It’s not sexy and most of us don’t really want to think about it, but refuse collection and recycling is probably the service people use most from their local authority. … Continue reading

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