The North London Line fully reopens are completion of upgrade work
London Underground and the Royal Society for the protection of Birds (RSPB) team up to launch wildlife competition to encourage people to use the Underground for nature spotting.
Barclays to sponsor London Cycle Hire scheme
LED traffic light installations across London to begin this August
The final consultation of the scrappage of the western extension of the Congestion Charge begins
TfL and the Mayor are encouraging Londoners to sign up to the London Cycle Challenge this June
Tfl wins a prestigious award from the Royal Institute of Brital Architects for the East London Transit
The first of five hydrogen buses in London is currently unmdergoing testing in Bedfordshire
Weekend service introduced on the East London Line
Blackwall tunnel southbound to close for five weekends in the year for vital upgrade work
A series of artworks are commission for the Jubillee Line as part of Art on the Underground, the first of which is shown at City Hall until 10 June. Also, for twelve months a digital moving image installation is installed at Canary Wharf tube station.
Tube Lines becomes a subsidary of Transport for London after the aquisition of its shares
Marshalled taxi ranks at O2 on Thursday to Sunday nights when there is an event
More busking licenses available for tube stations
East London Line reopens with new stations at Dalston Junction, Hoxton, Haggerston and Shoreditch High Street
Tour of Britain cycle race to return in September
Talks on 14 and 15 May to discuss improvements to Blackwall Tunnel to be held at the O2
London Underground has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard in recognition towards its work to wards carbon efficiency
Oxford Circus to become exit and interchange only weekday mornings to give time to replace some of its escalators
Junction improvement means changes to bus services in Herne Hill
EDF Energy awarded power upgrade for sub-surface lines
Tube Lines and shareholders, Ferrovial and Bechtel, must demonstrate plans are robust and prove Tube Lines is creditworthy, as challenged by the Mayor and TfL
The portal went through a candidacy for featured portal with not much luck. The areas of the portal are becoming more active with the the voting and changing of the selected pictures and articles. The transport news seems has started to be updated again but with the most up-to-date news being in this newsletter. Did you know is being improved. The portal has had a new selected biography section added to bring it up to standard. Please vote at Portal:London Transport/Vote. The current biography is Charles Pearson.
As usual all suggestions to improving the Metropolitan are welcome so if you have one we would be happy to hear from you.
Please also could people submit suggestions for DYKs or does anyone want to do the next issue?
Again i would like to state this newsletter is looking for anyone willing to do an issue.
Sincere apologies for not doing an issue last month. Thi was due to being very busy but when i had the next available time it landed in the middle if the month. Therefore i decided that i would try and get this back to its original roots of being at the start of the month and so waited a couple of weeks. Again i am sorry for the wait.
I have also had to give less detail on some reports as the Article Alert Bot is currently down.
New guidelines have been proposed for railway accidents. Please see WP:RAILCRASH.
Major discussions arose over the notability of many London bus routes, which resulted in some routes being kept and some being deleted. Please leave your comments at WT:LT#London bus route articles and WT:BUS. This has essentially ground to a halt.
Another discussion as well as straw poll has been on whther the frequency of trains per hour should be added. It appeared there was no consensus.
New usage data has been given by TfL for the London Underground for 2009
Finally a minor issue arose on the colour of London Overground.
Did you know...
that at 44 tons, the locomotives of the Central London Railway's first underground trains were so heavy that they shook buildings as they passed 60 feet below and were scrapped after three years?
...that bus company London Country North East lost over £5 million in less than two years of existence before it was split up in 1989?