Why are most announcements on London’s transport system made by women?

This article was published on CityMetric on 18 August 2016.

“This station is Westminster. Please mind the gap between the train and the platform.”

We hear those overhead voices every day without so much as a thought. But it’s worth asking some questions. Who are these voices? How were they chosen – and why were they chosen?

And, most of all – why are they all women?

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Twin cities: Here are four pairs of cities working together across borders/water/cultural differences

This article was published on CityMetric on 5 August 2016. 

The Øresund Bridge (Øresundsbroen), stretching across the Øresund between Denmark and Sweden, is a number of things.

Firstly, it’s oppressive, because everybody forgets about the Drogden Tunnel that makes up half the crossing. Poor Drogden. Secondly, it’s incredibly popular, with about 20,000 vehicles using it every single day – even while the ferry that does the same journey is still one of the busiest international ferry routes in the world. And thirdly, yes, it is that Bridge from hit Scandi Noir drama The Bridge.

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Norway is looking into building underwater bridges

This article was published on CityMetric on 1 August 2016

Cool summer breezes drifting over the clear-blue water; snow-covered picture-perfect scenes in winter. It’s hard to imagine how life amongst Norway’s fjords could be anything other than perfect. 

But, being us, we’re going to find something to complain about, and it’s probably going to be do to with transport. 

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