Southern Rail to be fined millions for years of misery

Graeme Paton at The Times reveals that Govia Thameslink Railway, the parent company of Southern Rail, Britain’s worst performing rail operator, will be ordered to pay a multimillion-pound fine today after more than a year of delays, overcrowding and cancellations. The details of the fine are expected to be made in a market announcement to…

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Just days left to resolve deadlock over Queen Street bus ban

Oxfordshire County Council’s decision to ban buses from the street – which Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach say would cause traffic chaos across the city – will be referred to the Secretary of State for Transport unless the firms’ formal objections are withdrawn by Tuesday morning’s cabinet meeting.

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Watchdog’s concern over First Group’s rail monopoly

The Daily Telegraph’s Bradley Gerrard reports that Ben Bradshaw, the Labour MP for Exeter, has called for a cap on rail fares on the London to Exeter line. First Group recently won the South Western rail franchise out of Waterloo, to add to the Great Western route it already runs from Paddington. The CMA yesterday…

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Work from home to avoid August hell, say rail chiefs

The Times’s Graeme Paton reports that commuters have been advised to work from home over the summer as Waterloo station faces a three week partial shutdown due to engineering work. Half the platforms at the station will be closed along with seven stations across the South West trains network, with passengers told to expect queues…

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Dream comes true for teenage bus fan

The dreams of one of Oxford’s keenest young bus enthusiasts came true as he enjoyed a memorable day behind the scenes at one of the county’s largest bus firms. Fourteen-year-old Ciaran Bird, who has developed an impressive wealth of bus knowledge and paraphernalia over the last 12 years, experienced a day like none other at…

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The human power driving engines of ‘robo-cars’

The Financial Times Tim Bradshaw examines the techniques used in the teaching of robot cars to drive. The process is deeply time-consuming, employing thousands of workers who teach the software how to recognise objects in the world. It is called “labelling”, and is critical to teaching artificial intelligences to sort the inputs they receive. Failure…

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BA ‘failing customers’ over IT fiasco payouts

The Times Graeme Paton reports that BA has been accused of refusing to compensate come customers in the wake of the downing of its IT system which caused thousands of passengers to be delayed or have their flights cancelled over a weekend in late May this year. At least one customer was given £120 in…

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Driverless ‘is not a priority’

The Daily Mirror reports that almost 40% of motorists think the government should focus on improving roads rather than funding driverless car technology. In a survey, a quarter of respondents told the RAC that the £100m for infrastructure tests along the M40 would be better spent on health or education. Another 17% were in favour…

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France announces ban on petrol and diesel within generation

Graeme Paton of the The Times says Britain has come under pressure to phase out petrol and diesel cars after France’s president announced plans for an all-out ban. The sale of vehicles that use an internal combustion engine will be prohibited in France from 2040 as part of a move towards electric cars. The country…

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