Payment on buses phased back in

Payment on buses phased back in

By LDRS Reporter Jessie Mathewson Payments on London buses will be phased back in from Saturday, under the terms of the Transport for London (TfL) bailout agreed last week. The transport authority banned bus passengers from entering through the front door on most buses to protect drivers – and scrapped...

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Westminster elects new lord mayor in online ceremony

Westminster elects new lord mayor in online ceremony

Westminster Council has elected a new Lord Mayor, and for the first time in its history the ceremony happened online. Councillor Jonathan Glanz, a Conserative for West End ward, was given the ceremonial title on May 20. He succeeds Labour councillor Ruth Bush. “I am thrilled to be taking on...

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Central London’s Trocadero could become a mosque

Central London’s Trocadero could become a mosque

By LDRS Reporter Owen Sheppard  Part of the old Trocadero entertainment complex by Piccadilly Circus could become a mosque for 1,000 worshippers. The proposed mosque would be housed in the grade II-listed building’s two underground levels, which were used as a cinema until 2006.  A planning application for the mosque...

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Lambeth council is expecting to spend £59 million because of the Covid-19 crisis

Lambeth council is expecting to spend £59 million because of the Covid-19 crisis

By LDRS Grainne Cuffe Lambeth Council is expecting to spend £59 million as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, it emerged at an overview and scrutiny committee meeting on May 19.    The Government has already given the council £20 million, leaving a black hole of £39 million if no...

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London boroughs team up to buy 50 million pieces of PPE

London boroughs team up to buy 50 million pieces of PPE

By LDRS Reporter Jessie Mathewson London boroughs are teaming up to buy almost 50 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE), to keep social care workers safe amid the coronavirus outbreak. Care home workers should wear disposable gloves, aprons and masks to protect them from the virus and stop its...

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Lockdown ‘crematorium barbecues’ condemned

Lockdown ‘crematorium barbecues’ condemned

“Selfish” Londoners have been warned against visiting crematoriums and cemeteries to sunbathe, picnic, or have barbecues. Residents in Kew and East Sheen have been harangued for bad behaviour that has disturbed funeral processions at Mortlake Crematorium, especially while it has been in high demand due to fatalities from the COVID...

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The curtain call for West End Theatres?

The curtain call for West End Theatres?

The West End is known as the heart of theatreland – with some 39 theatres attracting tourists from all over the world who flock to see blockbuster shows, and some of the biggest names in theatre. It’s even thought that the Theatre Royal Drury Lane first opened as far back...

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Bus workers overwhelmingly hit by COVID-19

Bus workers overwhelmingly hit by COVID-19

By LDRS Reporter Owen Shepard London bus workers form the overwhelming majority of the 42 transport staff who have tragically lost their lives to coronavirus, TfL has confirmed. The grim figure was announced this week, after the Government sought to encourage Londoners back to work. TfL revealed on May 14...

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Tfl bailout to see fares rise and free travel suspended

Tfl bailout to see fares rise and free travel suspended

By LDRS Reporter Jessie Mathewson Fare hikes, free travel passes suspended, and a Congestion Charge rise – these are the terms of a Transport for London (TfL) bailout agreed on Thursday 14 May. The London transport authority had warned it was almost out of cash before the eleventh hour deal...

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BBC Data Unit wins Online Media Award

BBC Data Unit wins Online Media Award

The BBC Shared Data Unit was honoured with the Editorial Innovation award at the Online Media Awards on May 13th. Judges praised the public interest journalism the unit has produced alongside it’s data journalist training programme. As a key part of the BBC Local News Partnerships, the journalists who spend...

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