France announces ban on petrol and diesel within generation

Graeme Paton of the The Times says Britain has come under pressure to phase out petrol and diesel cars after France’s president announced plans for an all-out ban. The sale of vehicles that use an internal combustion engine will be prohibited in France from 2040 as part of a move towards electric cars. The country…

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Commuters facing 4% rise in rail fares

James Salmon at The Daily Mail reports that millions of commuters face the steepest hike in rail fares for five years because of the rising cost of living. The Retail Prices Index is expected to climb from its present level of 3.7% to as high as 3.9% this month – and it’s the July figure…

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Rail operators to sell cheap tickets on the day

The Times (Graeme Paton) reports that millions of cheap advanced rail tickets are to go on sale up to 10 minutes before departure following the abolition of rules that stopped passengers buying them on the day of travel. It was announced yesterday that Virgin Trains West Coast had put advanced tickets on sale on the…

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Majority of motorists ignoring 20mph zones

The Daily Telegraph’s Henry Bodkin reveals that statistics suggest that over eight in ten drivers ignore 20mph speed limits. According to figures released by the Department for Transport, 81% of cars break the limit, with 15% travelling at more than 30mph. England has seen a recent expansion of 20mph limits, with several authorities adopting them…

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Labour ‘urging rail unions to strike’

Graeme Paton at The Times reports that the Transport Secretary has claimed Labour leaders are creating passenger misery on one of Britain’s biggest rail networks by ‘egging on’ unions to take strike action. Chris Grayling said shadow chancellor John McDonnell should bear personal responsibility for industrial action that threatens to bring renewed chaos to Southern…

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Carmakers hit the brakes on the assembly line

Carmakers hit the brakes on the assembly line

Staff at the Financial Times have reported that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has revealed that production of new cars fell almost 10% last month compared with a year ago. There were 136,119 new cars built in May, down 9.7% on May 2016, when output increased more than 26% to be the highest…

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