Private companies can foot the bill for free 4G, TV screens, lifts and toilets for tube passengers

Examples of sponsorship providing drinking fountains, video screens and mobile phone connectivity · Industry experts back the huge benefits tube sponsorship can bring to passenger journeys · Feasibility study casts serious doubt over TfL’s spurious “£4M cost” to rename one tube station Private companies sponsoring the tube can overhaul the tube system for London's commuters by footing the bill for major projects such as free…

Andrew Boff: Tougher Sanctions won't help us find London's hidden slaves

I welcome this government’s commitment to tackle human trafficking. The new Anti-Slavery Bill   and announcement to introduce tougher sanctions is a step in the right direction. However, a lack of harsh penalties is not the chief reason that traffickers feel invincible. Identification We need to be able to identify victims in the first place. My new report, Shadow City – Exposing Human Trafficking  in Everyday…

Richard Tracey: The HS2 business case is flawed

The fact that half of the surveyed FTSE 100 bosses are against HS2 being built further underlines why this project has very deep economic faults which the Department for Transport should analyse more seriously. The business case for the project is flawed, highlighted again by the Government's own report yesterday which has lowered the expected benefit-cost ratio and revised an earlier assumption that business people…

Authorities blind to the hidden crime of human trafficking in the Capital

Just 36 of London’s 389 human trafficking cases have been identified by the Met this year Under-threat Met police human trafficking unit is ‘vital’ to clamp down on London’s hidden slavery cases Investigations could pay for themselves from recuperated proceeds of crime through specialist teams There have been 1,057 potential victims of human trafficking* identified in the UK so far this year¹. London accounts for…

James Cleverly: Let Crystal Palace reclaim its namesake for Bromley and London

It’s exciting to hear about the bold new proposal for the redevelopment of the Crystal Palace site by the developer Ni Zhaoxing. The redevelopment not only represents jobs and growth for that part of Bromley, which has a real buzz surrounding it, it also represents an international vote of confidence in London. London showed the world in 2012 that it has the ability to deliver…