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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Stagecoach hits buffers on east coast

Graeme Paton has reported that Stagecoach has become caught up in a dispute with the government after being forced to pay out £84.1m to prop up the loss-making east coast mainline rail service. The company is attempting to renegotiate the franchise signed with the Department for Transport, including a possible cut in payments to the…

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‘Advanced’ Arriva buses with free Wifi heading to North Wales

Owen Hughes has reported that passengers are set to benefit as a fleet of top of the range buses with free WiFi and charging points arrive on routes in the area. Arriva has spent £3.2m on 13 of the most advanced double decker buses that will operate between Wrexham and Cheshire. The new buses form…

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Bus interchange future for Cardiff to be revealed

Staff at BBC have reported that new central bus station plans for Cardiff will be revealed in July, BBC Wales has been told. The former station was closed and demolished in 2015 to make way for BBC Wales’ new home at Central Square. The city council’s new leader Huw Thomas said a replacement would be…

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Shift to electric cars may lose Treasury £23bn in fuel duty

Jillian Ambrose has reported that a claim from Policy Exchange that the UK Treasury could encounter a £23bn tax black hole by failing to consider the fiscal implications of tackling road transport emissions. Richard Howard, an author of the report, said: ‘Our analysis suggests that if carbon targets are met, fuel duty receipts could be…

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Wizz shrugs off Brexit fears to open first UK base at Luton airport

Tom Rees at the Telegraph reports that central and eastern European carrier Wizz Air has opened its first British base at Luton airport. The airline said the move would see it offer new services to Tel Aviv in Israel, Pristina in Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia. Wizz Air will offer the only direct connection between…

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Chinese are shortlisted to operate HS2 railway

Marcus Leroux at The Times reports that a Chinese operator is among the firms shortlisted to run the west coast route of the new HS2 railway. A partnership between Hong Kong company MTR and the Guangshen Railway company is in contention. Guangshen’s largest shareholder is the state-owned Guangzhou Railway Group. Other operators on the shortlist…

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Petrol cars will be priced off roads to fuel electric growth

Graeme Paton at The Times reports that all petrol and diesel cars will face penalties of more than £24 a day to drive in central London from 2025 in a bid to create a zero-emission zone. Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has announced the plan, which would see only electric cars being exempt from…

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