July travel news: Olympics disruption, new riverboat services and Northern Line extension

Transport for London has a range of useful articles on its website. Here is a list of links to the stories that are of most importance to Battersea including the Olympic impact on bus, car and rail travel – and news on the Nine Elms Northern Line extension.

A Clapham Junction omnibus

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VIDEO: The great Nine Elms swindle – How Wandsworth gave up 4,000 affordable homes

There is a housing crisis in Wandsworth. This affects young people looking for a place to rent, families who need an extra bedroom and anyone who hopes to buy a home in the borough (as I said in this speech to Wandsworth council last October).

The answer is to increase the supply of affordable homes – for sale and for rent. So why is Wandsworth council deliberately throwing away the chance of 4,000 new affordable homes for local people?

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VIDEO: Wandsworth’s housing crisis – We’re all in this together

SPEECH TO WANDSWORTH COUNCIL: OCTOBER 2011
(Begins at 11mins 50secs in the video – full text below)

I would like to sketch out some of the personal effects of the housing crisis in Wandsworth today.

I hope to emphasise that whether you own a home, are in social housing or rent privately, we are all in this together – whatever our situation we can all feel anxious about the roof over our head. Continue reading