Bus service cuts will ‘isolate the elderly and young’

Cheshire East launched a 10-week consultation today into subsidised bus services, saying it needs to save £1.5m.  The changes proposed by the council include axing buses running on evenings and Sundays. However opposition MPs have said that shift workers won’t be able to get to work and pensioners won’t have a way of getting to…

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May pledges to scrap tolls for motorists on the Severn Crossing

Theresa May has pledged to scrap tolls for all vehicles on the Severn Crossings if she wins the election. She believes abolishing the charges would boost economic fortunes on both sides of the river by up to £100m and would benefit an estimated 25m drivers a year. The policy would be implemented next year if…

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Rail union calls 24-hour strike in three regions

Train staff in the RMT union will stage another 24 hour strike across Southern, Northern and Merseyrail in the dispute over the future of conductors or guards. The crews will go on strike on Tuesday, May 30. Industrial action started more than a year ago on Southern and the decision to take action again comes…

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Passenger anger as Southeastern trains accused of ‘stealth’ fare hike

Sophie Jamieson has revealed that the rail operator Southeastern, which serves London, Kent and East Sussex, has been accused of a stealth fare rise as it plans to put up prices this weekend without announcement. The operator is set to increase the price of some off-peak tickets by 3.4% from Sunday, prompting passenger groups to…

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Diesel emissions hidden from tests kill 38,000 people a year

According to Ben Webster writing in The Time, research from the International Council on Clean Transportation, claims that over 38,000 people a year are dying early worldwide because diesel vehicles fail to meet air pollution limits in real driving conditions.   The ICCT – which helped expose the Volkswagen emissions scandal – calculates that diesel…

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Lib Dems: Take Over Southern

Reports reveal that the Liberal Democrats have proposed an emergency government takeover of Southern Rail in the party’s general election manifesto. The Lib Dems say a short-term period of state ownership would end the travel disruption seen on Southern over the past 18 months.

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Northern mayors call for HS3 before Crossrail 2 goes ahead

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the newly elected Labour mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool, have called for a high-speed ‘Crossrail for the north’ to link Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. The scheme could clash with funding demands for London’s proposed £33bn Crossrail 2 scheme. (Image: The BMA)

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Survey reveals majority support for car-free city centres

Over half of all UK adults would be happy to tolerate only public transport being allowed in their nearest city if it meant air quality could be improved, research reveals. A poll of 2,000 people by Volvo Buses found 52% of adults said they would accept only public transport in their nearest city if it…

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