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 Saturday, November 18, 2006

London transport update
• An exhibition called London's Moving (How Transport Is Changing) has opened at New London Architecture, just off Tottenham Court Road. On display is information about all of the proposed improvements to London's transport network, from the definite (St Pancras International) to the pie-in-the-sky (an offshore London airport in the middle of the Thames estuary). There are artist's impressions, maps and models aplenty, and each project has also been given a "how likely is it to be successful" rating (Heathrow Terminal 5, 97%; West London Tram, 27%). Even better there's a free ¼-inch-thick colour brochure to walk away with (or download it here) which you can use to tick off each scheme when (or rather if) it ever happens. [exhibition closes 13 January]
• The Mayor wants to charge the highest polluting car drivers £25 (instead of £8) to enter the Congestion Charge zone. But only from 2009, to give pissed-off Chelsea residents time to buy something a bit smaller than their current Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe instead. Bring it on, I say.
• The North London line closes, for good, between Stratford and North Woolwich in three weeks time. The year-old DLR City Airport extension provides an alternative rail route to North Woolwich, and the DLR will be eventually be taking over part of the shut-down tracks as part of the planned Stratford International extension. [official closure poster]
• Also on the DLR, work finally started yesterday on a new station at Langdon Park between Devon's Road and All Saints. It's the sort of station that you'll never ever use, unless you happen to live in the area in which case it's an absolute lifeline. Langdon Park should be open in a year's time.
• You can always keep up to date with all this sort of news at alwaystouchout.

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