Southern fiasco blamed on rail unions’ needless strikes

Graeme Paton at The Times reports that a delayed report into problems experienced by the rail firm Southern will say that unions are the ‘primary cause’ of the situation that has occurred over the past year. The analysis by Chris Gibbs will highlight a number of factors, including a shortage of drivers, poor oversight by…

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Get real, carmakers say

Gwyn Topham of The Guardian reports that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has called for the UK to stay in the customs union and single market for at least five years or risk permanent damage to the automotive industry. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the SMMT, said: ‘Our biggest fear is that, in…

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Bombardier lands £900m trains order

Graeme Paton of The Times revealed that Derby-based Bombardier has won an order for £895m of new trains, with 90 new trains and 750 carriages to be built for the new Aventra fleet that will be used by South West Trains. The trains will come into service from mid-2019 and are set to be fully…

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Delayed trains in 30% rise

Writing for The Sun, Daniel Jones  reports that official figures from the Department for Transport show a record 241,932 trains were cancelled or seriously delayed in 2016-17, with the total up almost a third on the previous 12 months. Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchises, had the worst record.…

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Drive to ensure electric Mini is made in Britain

Francis Elliott at The Times claims Theresa May has instructed ministers to ensure that the electric Mini is made in Britain. Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, has travelled to BMW’s headquarters twice in the past six months to make the case for the plant in Cowley, Oxfordshire. BMW is expected to announce the location soon,…

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Crawling city diesels driving pollution up

A study by Greener Journeys, an environmental group, has showed that increased congestion has led to a sharp rise in pollution. According to The Times the analysis found that a halving of average city traffic speeds could lead to a 50pc increase in emissions from larger vehicles. It also emerged that in nose-to-tail congestion, levels…

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BA passengers fly without bags after new system failure

Thousands of passengers at Heathrow were forced to fly without their luggage due to a baggage system failure yesterday morning. According to the Daily Telegraph, travellers using Terminals 3 and 5 on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights were warned to pack essentials in hand luggage. A spokesman for Heathrow said the situation was…

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