Everything we know about the Harperbury free school disaster

UPDATE 19 March. New data from Hertfordshire. Although local authorities can non longer build or even commission schools, they still have to keep track of the need for school places. Hertfordshire’s latest report (PDF) shows real and growing need for secondary places across almost the whole county in the next ten years. In Radlett and… Continue reading Everything we know about the Harperbury free school disaster

Cycling safety tip: start shouting at cars

This is a post I wrote for Medium the other day and, since it’s about my Radlett-to-Elstree commute, I thought I’d republish it here. Tell me what you think… It’s for your own safety. Everybody’s safety. Don’t shout abuse obvs. That’ll make things worse (and get you a lump on the head most likely). Don’t… Continue reading Cycling safety tip: start shouting at cars

More change at the station

UPDATE: The consultation on these plans has begun. Read the plans on the Thameslink web site (or read the summary below) and email your comments to stationchanges@gtrailway.com. You can also send your views to London TravelWatch or Transport Focus. In summary: Thameslink plans to close the ticket office but the station will be staffed for… Continue reading More change at the station

Thameslink and TfL – respond to the consultation

So here’s what we know. The Mayor of London and the Government want a new partnership between Transport for London and the Department for Transport to improve London’s transport network. According to the published proposals, TfL will take over the inner-suburban railways – but that doesn’t include Thameslink and the other outer-suburban lines. So it… Continue reading Thameslink and TfL – respond to the consultation

Street photography at the Radlett Centre

Gary Perlmutter walks the streets of London, capturing those decisive moments that define the city. He’s shared this gorgeous set of photographs – from the tradition that includes Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garry Winogrand and Martin Parr – with us and you can see the rest of his exhibition in the Apthorp Gallery at the Radlett Centre… Continue reading Street photography at the Radlett Centre

Transport for London and Thameslink – oh dear

A couple of weeks ago we learnt, from an Evening Standard article, of Department for Transport plans to hand control of London’s suburban railways to Transport for London. According to the report, this would include Thameslink and all the other London commuter lines. We all got a bit excited about this. Whatever you think of… Continue reading Transport for London and Thameslink – oh dear

Mrs Patel has made a big decision

Rekha Patel, who runs the invaluable newspaper kiosk on platform 1 at the station, has told me that she’s going to close up for good on 20 February. Her last day in the kiosk will be Friday 19 February. She’s not retiring: she’ll still be working full-time in her other job and will have much… Continue reading Mrs Patel has made a big decision

Seven things we know about Hertsmere’s plans for Newberries Car Park

There’s an ugly old car park behind the shops, between the river and the railway. The council has big plans for it and the community is already mobilising against it. What do we know so far? 1. It’s a big project and it’s going to be politically explosive Hertsmere Borough Council owns the land and… Continue reading Seven things we know about Hertsmere’s plans for Newberries Car Park