‘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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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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