Au revoir to the TGV as French trains change track

The Times’ Robert Lee has reported that the TGV brand – which was emblematic of France’s lead in high-speed train travel – is to be rebranded.  SNCF will change the name of the fleet to inOui, a move which will accompany a €1.5bn order for trains for the newest TGV line between Paris and Bordeaux.…

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Hybrid bus promises fewer emissions and improved efficiency

A hybrid bus running on diesel and liquid nitrogen has completed a series of trials that bring the vehicle closer to use on the road. The bus uses a hybrid propulsion system to reduce emissions during acceleration after stopping. This portion of the bus’ drive cycle traditionally has a heavy impact on the diesel engine…

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BA boss denies cost-cutting resulted in travel chaos

The Daily Telegraph (Katie Morley) reports that British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz denied that cost-cutting through outsourcing to India was to blame for the major IT failure that caused widespread disruption to BA flights at the weekend. BA blamed a massive power surge which resulted in an outage in all its systems in 170…

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Hundreds of drivers a day caught on the phone

The Times reported that over 200 motorists a day were caught using their mobile phone behind the wheel following the introduction of tougher punishments. Police reprimanded almost 6,000 drivers in the four weeks after March 1, immediately after the penalties were doubled to six points on an offender’s licence and a £200 fine. One driver…

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Passengers could be banned from carrying laptops on US flights

Nick Allen of The Daily Telegraph has reported that the United States is considering banning laptops from passenger cabins on all inbound and outbound international flights. US homeland security secretary John Kelly was asked whether he would expand the current limited ban to all flights and he replied: ‘I might.’ Kelly added: ‘There’s numerous threats…

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Rail travel down as strikes and upgrades cause chaos

Graeme Paton at The Times has revealed that the number of people travelling by train in southeast England fell by six million last year after commuter services were plunged into chaos by strikes and worsening delays. Figures from the Office of Rail and Road show that annual journeys around London declined for only the third…

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GM faces lawsuit over trucks’ diesel emissions

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Patti Waldmeir and Jessica Dye have reported that the global diesel emissions scandal has now spread to General Motors, which faces a consumer lawsuit alleging that 700,000 of its trucks use illegal devices to circumvent emissions tests.

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Armed police on trains before busy holiday weekend

Staff at the Daily Telegraph have reported that armed police began patrolling trains across Britain for the first time yesterday in response to the heightened terror threat. British Transport Police said the armed police patrols had been introduced to ‘disrupt and deter criminal activity’. Chief constable Paul Crowther explained that the deployment would focus on…

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