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DLR strikes called off

Terrific! From the East London Advertiser: It was called off after Serco Docklands management made “an improved offer” to pay staff for the extra workload and more responsibilities with the introduction of a third carriage to DLR trains. An overtime … Continue reading

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No rail work during Games, but plenty before it

It’s all about rail news lately, it seems, but this one is worth mentioning. The ever-dependable (mostly) Press Association reports: Transport for London (TfL) said non-essential engineering upgrade work on London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and Tramlink would be suspended … Continue reading

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£240,000 Newham boss quits in shock departure

Britain’s highest-paid town hall chief executive quit his £240,000-a-year job at Newham council suddenly today. Joe Duckworth will leave the borough – one of the poorest in the country – after only two years. He was going on a family … Continue reading

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Council repossesses Stratford Rex

Stratford’s cultural scene is going to change beyond recognition between now and the start of the Olympic Games. Ill-fated club Rex might well be the first to get the revamp treatment. It recently came under council ownership after the previous … Continue reading

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Olympics will be £200m more profitable than accountants first thought

£2.15 billion is today’s magic number. That’s the amount of money predicted to be made from the Olympics. Significant today because until recently the total was predicted to be £200m less. The reason for this optimism? Well the Telegraph think … Continue reading

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LINK: Lord Heseltine adds voice to Newham Mayor’s high speed rail call

Lord Heseltine has backed Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales’s call for Stratford to become an international railway hub. The Tory peer spoke in favour of High Speed One stopping at Stratford International station at a City Hall event hosted by … Continue reading

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IKEA snaps up 13-acre site for houses, offices and creative industries

The investment arm of IKEA has bought 13-acres of residential ground to develop 1,500 homes, plus offices and warehouses for the creative industries. Inevitable flat-pack jokes aside – this is a massive acquisition. The Estates Gazette’s ever-insightful Paul Norman reports … Continue reading

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