Southern owner Go-Ahead warns UK faces more rail strikes

Angela Jameson has reported that the boss of strike-hit rail franchise Southern has warned commuters that industrial action will spread to other routes into the capital as the RMT union steps up its campaign against driver-only trains. David Brown, chief executive of Go-Ahead which runs Southern Rail with French operator Keolis, admitted today that it…

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Rail electrification: Tory MP says bi-modal trains ‘second-best’

Staff at BBC Online have reported that  a former Welsh Secretary has criticised plans to run diesel-electric trains instead of electrifying the line between Cardiff and Swansea. Conservative MP Stephen Crabb said it was a “second-best” solution. Electrification to Swansea was scrapped in July. Ministers said faster journeys could be achieved without disruption. Welsh Secretary…

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Plans for £16m bus fleet boost for Fylde Coast

Shelagh Parkinson has reported that a  £16.2m investment in public transport means the Fylde Coast will boast an entire fleet of 126 new buses by 2020. Blackpool Transport is due to take delivery of its next 20 new vehicles next month as part of an ambitious project to upgrade the resort’s transport network.  Those buses…

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Councils could set up bus firms after 32-year ban

David Deans has reported that a  32-year-old Thatcher-era law barring councils from setting up bus services could be scrapped in Wales. The Welsh Government has proposed allowing councils to set up new municipal bus companies amid claims council-run transport would be more focused on services than profits. But opponents in the industry argue some former…

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Merseyrail staff stage 48-hour walkout

Staff at BBC Online have reported that workers at Merseyrail have started a 48-hour strike in a dispute with the firm over driver only-operated trains (DOOs) and the role of guards. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are taking part in the action, disrupting services in and around Liverpool. The union is…

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Volkswagen will offer drivers up to £7,000 to scrap their old car

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Emma Haslett has reported that two years after Volkswagen was rocked by a diesel emissions scandal, the company has said it will offer drivers thousands of pounds to scrap their old diesel cars. The company has said it will offer drivers as much as £7,000 to trade in diesel cars made before 2010, in an…

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Bombardier wins £112.1m London Underground job

Sam Metcalf has reported that Derby trainmaker Bombardier has won a contract worth £112.1m, to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground’s fleet of Central line trains. The company will provide parts for 85 eight-car Central line trains. Richard Hunter, managing director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: “This important contract win is…

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South Western Railway workers to be balloted over strike action

Gwyn Topham has reported that the dispute over guards on train is threatening to spill onto another rail franchise, South Western Railway. The RMT union said it was in formal dispute and was preparing to ballot members for a strike over what it called the failure of the new franchise owner, First MTR, to give…

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New bus gate opening in Monkton Heathfield

Staff at the Somerset County Gazette have reported that motorists are being warned they’ll be fined £60 if they drive through a bus gate once it opens on Monday. The gate on Bridgwater Road, in Monkton Heathfield, has been installed to promote the use of public transport through the village and past the new primary…

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