LONDON (Reuters) - London's new flagship railway Crossrail cannot say when the much-delayed line will open, or what the final cost will be, Britain's spending watchdog said on Friday after Europe's most ambitious infrastructure programme hit the buffers. Due to open in December 2018, the rail line running between Heathrow Airport to the Canary Wharf financial district via central London, is now unlikely to open before 2021 after it was hit by testing and signalling problems. The National Audit Office (NAO) said on Friday the mismanagement of Britain's most important infrastructure project in decades had resulted in unnecessary spending and delivered poor value for taxpayers. "Throughout delivery, and even as pressures mounted, Crossrail Ltd clung to the unrealistic view that it could complete the programme to the original timetable, which has had damaging consequences," Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, said in a statement. "While we cannot make an overall assessment of value for money … [Read more...] about Cost and timing of London’s Crossrail unknown after delay
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News / UK and world by Press Association December 12, 2018, 1:18 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The number of homicides in London so far in 2018 is the highest in a calendar year this decade. In the latest violent death in the capital, an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death in a fight in Alwold Crescent, Lee, south-east London, shortly before 10pm on Tuesday. Police said they were called to “reports of armed youths in the street”. A second man, also 18, went to hospital with stab injuries but has since been discharged. Three men aged 22, 31 and 56 and two women aged 29 and 53 were arrested and taken to police stations in south London for questioning. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding said: “We are at the very early stages of our investigation into this tragic murder. We urgently need to hear from anyone who saw what happened in Alwold Crescent. “We have already spoken to a number of people as … [Read more...] about Number of London homicides is highest in a calendar year for a decade
News / UK and world by Press Association December 3, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A new coin collection commemorating the history around the Tower of London has been launched. The four coins each carry a special Tower mint mark – the first time this has appeared on an official UK coin. The first coin, available from Monday, features the Tower’s famous ravens, while others depict the Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders and the Ceremony of the Keys. The launch, by the Royal Mint in collaboration with the Historic Royal Palaces, aims to bring to life the near 1,000 years of history associated with the Tower, which was built by William the Conqueror. Nicola Howell, from the Royal Mint, said: “Everyone remembers the Tower of London, the grisly goings-on that we learn about at school, or exciting trips there to find out more about the past and see the Crown Jewels. “The Tower contains … [Read more...] about Ravens and Crown Jewels grace Tower of London coin collection
PUBLISHED: 14:49 13 November 2018 Nathalie Raffray Police in Brent have London’s second worst average response time to 999 calls, new figures reveal. Data from the mayor of London’s office show the Met is regularly failing to meet a 15-minute response time target for 999 calls, including those where there is an immediate risk to life.During September, Brent had an average response time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds to the most urgent phone calls, categorised as “I” calls, after Kingston – where police took 22 minutes and 15 seconds.It is only one of three boroughs that did not hit targets for four consecutive months, from June to September.Caroline Pidgeon, the Lib Dem London Assembly Member who tabled questions to the mayor on response figures, said: “In the past, the Met claimed that they were at least prioritising the most important crimes reported, yet even this is not the case.“These response times come on top of … [Read more...] about Brent second highest failure of police 999 response times across all of London
THE Tower of London has marked Armistice Day with the lighting of 10,000 torches for a remembrance installation in the fortress’ dry moat. We take a look at the history of this iconic British landmark and the deep history that lies within its walls. When was the Tower of London built? The Tower of London, which is officially called ‘Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London’ was originally built in 1066, as part of the Norman conquest of Britain. It lies within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, separated from the eastern edge of the square mile of the City of London by the open space known as Tower Hill. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was a resented symbol of oppression, inflicted upon London by the new ruling elite. The castle was used as a prison from 1100 (Ranulf Flambard) until 1952 (Kray twins), although that was not its primary purpose. It was in fact a grand palace … [Read more...] about When was the Tower of London built, where are the Crown Jewels kept and who are its most famous prisoners?