News digest: the latest on London transport
On the buses
- Unite members are planning a 24 hour walkout on Friday over a claim that they should receive an additional £500 for working during the Olympic games.
- The strike may have knock-on effects on the Tube, with the RMT’s Bob Crow claiming that the increased numbers may cause stations to close on health & safety grounds [Standard].
- TfL say the dispute is between private bus operating companies and their employees, not TfL. They also dispute the need to close Tube stations should the strike go ahead.
- And on the buses… TfL are reporting that 24% of bus services will be disrupted during the Games due to diversions, suspensions and route changes [BBC].
- The Prime Minister has confirmed that expansion of Heathrow remains off the political agenda [PA].
- The Telegraph disagrees with this interpretation and makes a valid point: “In the next three years China will build 70 new airports, while Britain will produce only a strategy document.“
- Daniel Moylan, Deputy Chair of TfL makes the case for rapid action in the Standard.
- The Mayor has backed construction of a second runway at Stansted [FT].
- As already mentioned in brief, the Emirates Airline is due to open to passengers on 28 June [BBC News].