Paperless rail tickets across UK by 2019

Staff at the BBC have reported that plans to replace paper tickets on UK trains are to be accelerated, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said. Passengers will be able to use mobile phones and smartcards to travel across most of the network by the end of 2018, he told the Conservative conference. People “want smart…

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New 24/7 bus between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Staff at the BBC have reported that a coach service between Glasgow and Edinburgh has been extended to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most Scottish Citylink’s late-night services in both directions will also stop at Edinburgh Airport. The firm said the move was in response to growing passenger demand for an…

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Chancellor announces £400m investment for northern transport

Ashley Cowburn has reported that Philip Hammond has announced a £400m boost for transport links in the North in attempt to speed up train journey between major cities. During his speech to the Conservative Party conference on Monday, the Chancellor said £300m will be earmarked to establish connections between the HS2 rail route and cities…

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Uber CEO to visit London for talks with regulator

Robert Wright has reported that the new chief executive of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, will visit London on Tuesday for talks with the commissioner of London’s transport body, as the ride-hailing service seeks to regain its licence to operate in one of its most important markets. Mr Khosrowshahi, who took over from Travis Kalanick only earlier…

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Edinburgh set for first all-electric buses

Staff at BBC News have reported that the first all-electric public buses to serve Scotland’s capital have been unveiled as part of efforts to cut emissions and improve air quality in the city. Six Wrightbus StreetAir vehicles will take on a route serving much of central Edinburgh, between Clermiston in the west and Easter Road…

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Green transport roll our hampered by ‘unattractive’ EV charging network

Madeleine Cuff has reported that two new reports from the RAC Foundation and the Renewable Energy Association warn a more strategic, consistent approach to EV charging is needed to convince drivers to go electric. The UK’s current crop of public electric vehicle (EV) charge points are “unattractive to use” and “unsuitable for encouraging the next…

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Car vs Bus at City Transport Summit

Stewart Paterson has reported that transport campaigners, bus firms and business leaders clashed at a transport summit in Glasgow over the future of the city. The summit heard how Glasgow must move away from the car and motorised transport according to a university transport academic. At the city council transport summit, Professor Iain Docherty of…

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Wales rail franchise ‘expected to have more staff’

Trains could have more staff under the next rail franchise, the first minster has announced. Carwyn Jones said it was part of a series of commitments made by the Welsh Government for the Wales and Borders Rail Service. It comes as Economy Secretary Ken Skates confirmed final tenders had been invited for the service. That…

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Northern to cancel more than 50% of trains on strike days

Staff at the BBC have reported that more than 50% of Northern Rail services will have to be cancelled because of planned strike action next month. Members of the RMT union are due to walk out on 3 and 5 October in a long-running dispute over the role of guards and driver-only trains. The company,…

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