There are “no guarantees” Crossrail will be finished by March 2021, that’s according to transport bosses but they are optimistic.
The ongoing delays are devastating for people and businesses up and down the line. Many say their businesses won’t be here if the project is delayed again.
See more on this from Inside Out on BBC One London at 19:30 BST, or on iPlayer.
A new policy has been introduced at nightclubs in London’s West End after complaints that some are discriminating against people based on the colour of their skin.
Following several complaints about door policies, Westminster City Council now wants venues to sign up to a voluntary code of conduct to make them more inclusive.
The code calls for better training for door staff and for the public to be aware of how to complain if they feel they have been discriminated against.
Wrestling shows pack arenas and stadiums across the world but a new independent scene in London is creating its own home-grown stars.
Progress Wrestling started in 2011 and has grown in popularity since then.
It means women like Amy Samadzija, also known as Candy Floss, can step into the ring and make a name for themselves.
Trade unions suspended a threat of strike action on the London Underground last week after successful talks with Transport for London (TfL). There has not been a strike on the Tube during 2019 but have industrial relations improved since Sadiq Khan took over as Mayor of London from Boris Johnson three years ago?
Figures obtained by the BBC show that in the past 11 financial years, since Mr Johnson took over as mayor from Ken Livingstone, there have been more than 36,000 days lost to strike action.
The number of days lost is so high because TfL counts “one day lost for every member of staff missing” and it has led one academic to describe the London Underground as “a museum of bad industrial relations”.
Various disputes over issues including ticket office closures, job cuts, new rotas, employee dismissals and the introduction of the Night Tube have resulted in 68 individual dates of strike action since April 2008.
The London School of Economics’s Prof Tony Travers explained these industrial rows resembled “trigger points” that each mayor would aim to avoid in order to prevent any big strikes.
“These trigger points are usually something new,” he said. “These include the Night Tube, Olympics or working Boxing Day.
“Unions have long used the Underground as good leverage when trying to get better pay because of the monopoly that it serves.”
Between April 2008 and May 2012, during Mr Johnson’s first spell as Mayor of London, 12,523 shifts were lost to strike action – despite him trying to negotiate no-strike deals with the Tube unions.
Figures showed a further 19,689 working days were lost while he was mayor during his second term between May 2012 and May 2016.
In his 2016 Mayor of London election campaign Mr Khan pledged to “reduce the number of days lost to strike action” and he has seen 3,824 shifts lost to strike days during his time at City Hall.
While there have been significantly fewer working days lost to strikes under Mr Khan, there have been 25 dates of industrial action in his three years as mayor, compared with 33 across the whole eight years Mr Johnson was in office.
“Under Sadiq there have been fewer days lost,” Prof Travers said. “But the entire record for Tube strikes is particularly dire.”
TfL said the effect of any strike was dependent on the nature of the dispute, the number of unions involved and where the strike had been called.
The figures included strikes that affected either the whole Tube network or just part of it.
A spokesman for the Mayor of London said strike action had “reduced” under Mr Khan because he “listens to the concerns of workers”.
However, Conservative London Assembly member Keith Prince defended Mr Johnson’s record, instead accusing Mr Khan of having a “worse strikes record (than) any of his predecessors”.
According to the TfL data, strike action was predominantly taken by the RMT union, which has about 10,000 members employed on the Tube, and saw workers walk out on 34 occasions.
Aslef, which represents 2,456 Tube drivers, took 13 dates of strike action, while Unite had eight disputes which led to industrial action.
The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) walked out on two occasions over “employee terms and conditions”.
Aslef’s Finn Brennan said his union had “regular meetings between transport unions, Mr Khan and his team”.
He added: “Aslef uses these meetings to highlight issues that go beyond the remit of the machinery meetings with employers and to encourage a more reasonable attitude on matters we have raised with the company.”
Frank Kelly has been a signal operator for more than five decades on the London Underground.
But the signal box he operates will soon be replaced as automation is introduced to signalling at the junction.
And after many years of dedicated service, Frank will be retiring with the signal box.
Kate Isaacs started #NotYourPorn when her friend’s video was uploaded to Pornhub without her consent.
Since then Kate has discovered that women across the country are also suffering from non-consensual pornography being hosted on the site.
She is pushing for a change in the law around so-called revenge porn so that websites hosting the content can be held accountable.
In a statement, Pornhub said: “We strongly condemn revenge porn.”
A film by Gem O’Reilly.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at her east London home.
Police said the body of Sandra Samuels, 45, was found in her flat in Herrick House, Hackney, following a welfare check on 31 August.
A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, though police are treating the death as suspicious.
A 40-year-old-man, arrested on Tuesday, remains in custody. A second man, 47, has been released under investigation.
The number of seals in the Thames Estuary has doubled to 3,500 since the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) carried out its first annual survey in 2013.
Thea Cox, from the ZSL, flew above the estuary with naturalist Mike Dilger to find out where the seals tend to concentrate.
She hailed the increase as a “positive sign of the health of the ecosystem”.
The full story will be featured on BBC Inside Out London on Monday 2 September at 19:30 GMT
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan scored 83 not out off 29 balls to help Middlesex to a record T20 Blast run-chase and seal a quarter-final spot.
Somerset set Middlesex a target of 227 to win at Taunton, with Tom Abell finishing 101 not out for the hosts.
Coming in during the ninth over with his side 111-3, Morgan’s superb knock helped Middlesex to victory with three overs to spare.
Middlesex’s successful chase was also the fourth-highest in T20 history.
Meanwhile, Essex Eagles beat Kent Spitfires by 10 runs to secure the final place in the last eight as the group stage reached its conclusion on Friday.
Five teams had gone into the final round of South Group fixtures with hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
- Wednesday, 4 September: Lancashire Lightning v Essex Eagles
- Thursday, 5 September: Notts Outlaws v Middlesex
- Friday, 6 September: Sussex Sharks v Worcestershire Rapids
- Saturday, 7 September: Gloucestershire v Derbyshire Falcons
Lancashire’s quarter-final will be held at Emirates Riverside, with Emirates Old Trafford hosting the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia from Wednesday.
Morgan tees off
Despite losing Babar Azam for a duck in the first over, Somerset would have been confident of making the quarter-finals after posting 226-5 from their 20 overs.
Tom Banton’s 62 got the hosts off to a good start, and Abell hit 13 fours and three sixes as he scored his maiden T20 century.
But Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling helped Middlesex to 94-2 by the end of the powerplay to get Middlesex ahead of the required run-rate.
Sharp fielding from Roelof van der Merwe saw Mohammad Hafeez run out and Max Waller took a brilliant catch to dismiss danger man AB de Villiers.
But Morgan crashed five fours and eight sixes to lead Middlesex to victory with plenty of breathing space.
Their run-chase surpasses the 226 Sussex scored to beat Essex at Chelmsford in July 2014.
“Somerset played extremely well, especially not knowing what a good score is,” Morgan told BBC Radio London.
“Going into the second half of the innings, we knew we’d have to be positive and play extremely well, but the way the guys started was outstanding.
“With Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling at the top of order it allows us to go harder earlier because we have strength in depth throughout the batting line-up.”
Eagles take final spot
Essex had started the evening in seventh place in the group table, knowing they had to beat Kent and hope for a Hampshire defeat to qualify.
Cameron Delport top-scored for the Eagles with 64, while an unbeaten 47 from Ravi Bopara helped them to 189-6.
Kent got off to a good start in their chase and were 102-1 in the 11th over but, after Zak Crawley went for 89, the Spitfires lost their final six wickets for just 17 runs.
Essex leapfrogged Hampshire, who lost by 28 runs at Glamorgan as the Cardiff-based side recorded their first win of the campaign.
Chasing 217 for victory, James Vince made a rapid 43 and Sam Northeast top-scored with 60 but three wickets from Roman Walker and two from Marchant de Lange allowed the hosts to end a miserable campaign on a high.
As you were in the North
In the North Group qualification was settled heading into the final round of fixtures.
Notts Outlaws secured a home quarter-final despite losing by 47 runs at home to Durham because holders Worcestershire Rapids fell to a seven-wicket defeat at Northamptonshire Steelbacks and missed the chance to move above the Trent Bridge outfit.
Worcestershire face a trip to Sussex in the last eight in a repeat of last season’s final, while Lancashire Lightning secured top spot in the group by beating Leicestershire Foxes by five wickets.
In a dead rubber, Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s unbeaten 94 from 63 balls helped Yorkshire Vikings to a 19-run win at Birmingham Bears.
Goals from John Marquis and Marcus Harness gave League One side Portsmouth victory at QPR in the Carabao Cup.
Championship side Rangers had most of the possession and created a number of chances in the second-round clash.
But Marquis’ 76th-minute penalty put Pompey ahead and Harness sealed their win five minutes later.
Marquis tucked away the spot-kick after being brought down by defender Toni Leistner.
And worse followed for the hosts when Ross McCrorie sprinted past Leistner on the left and laid the ball across to Harness, who applied the finish.
Marc Pugh had missed a great chance for QPR early in the second half, heading straight at Craig MacGillivray from Ryan Manning’s cross.
QPR dominated large spells of the first half and almost scored a brilliant early goal.
A lovely team move started by keeper Liam Kelly – left out of the Scotland squad in favour of MacGillivray – led to Ilias Chair playing in Jan Mlakar, whose ball across the face of goal just evaded Bright Osayi-Samuel at the far post.
However, for all their neat approach play, Rangers were unable to break the deadlock and Pompey took full advantage after Leistner’s rash challenge.
QPR’s miserable night was summed up when a goal was initially given after Ebere Eze fired into the net in injury time.
But the effort was disallowed for offside after referee Ross Joyce consulted his assistant.
Portsmouth assistant boss Joe Gallen: “It is great. I really love derby games and I think it’s brilliant that we’re now going to play Southampton.
“We felt that if we could see the opening 20 minutes out we could then get our football going and create some chances.
“I think in the second half we did do that and pushed QPR back quite a bit. The second half was even and at that stage it’s first goal wins really. You start to think that whoever gets the first goal is probably going to win.
“Luckily for us we got the penalty and it’s gone our way. Then after the first goal you could see the confidence. Overall, do I think we deserved it? Yes. I think we edged it.”
QPR manager Mark Warburton: “Not good enough, simple as that. No excuses. We didn’t deserve to go through.
“In the first 20-25 minutes we were very comfortable – probably too comfortable. We looked very good and then in truth we got complacent and sloppy.
“Portsmouth grew into the game and in the second half we flattered to deceive. We had lots of possession but that’s irrelevant because we never really troubled them. They then got the penalty and that changed it.”
Report supplied by PA Media.