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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Mini electric car design revealed by BMW

Staff at BBC Online have reported that German carmaker BMW has unveiled the basic design for the full-production electric version of the next Mini car. In July, the carmaker confirmed the fully electric version of the three-door Mini would go into production at its Cowley plant in Oxford in 2019. A Mini E electric car…

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New saltwater-proof trains for Great Western Railwa

Patrick Sawer has reported that trains running along the south west coast on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway are set to be upgraded to withstand the sea spray and saltwater. The trains have long suffered from corrosion and damage to vital equipment, but a new generation of “Dawlish proof” trains is set to be…

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‘Vital’ bus service set to return

Katie Williams has reported that councillors have announced the return of a ‘vital’ town bus service after it was axed in the latest round of funding cuts. In February, Dorset County Council announced it would cut subsidies for bus services in a bid to save £1.85m, leading Damory to deregister a host of services across…

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Seven key Wirral bus routes axed

Lorna Hughes has reported that Seven Wirral bus routes are being axed from this weekend in a shake-up of services. Merseytravel has been reviewing bus services across the region and is now making changes for Wirral after asking for the views of passengers. Some services which were supported by funding from Merseytravel have been withdrawn…

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All aboard the north’s rail powerhouse

Amid the furore over funding for rail in the North, Gwyn Topham has taken a look at the region’s lofty ambitions for transport. Andy Burnham has stated that “the disparity between transport in the north of England and London must now be addressed”, with popular indignation over Crossrail 2 and the U-turn on electrification in…

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Self-driving lorries to be tested in the UK

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Peter Campbell has reported that Britain will begin testing convoys of self-driving lorries on public roads late next year, more than two years after similar tests were carried out across Europe. The trucks will be wirelessly linked, allowing them to synchronise braking and accelerating, in a technique known as “platooning”. A human driver in the…

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August Bank Holiday travel chaos

Danny Boyle has reported that people are being urged not to travel by train in some parts of Britain over the Bank Holiday weekend, as major engineering work affecting several lines is predicted to cause chaos. Millions of people embarking on getaways face severely disrupted journeys amid stark warnings from rail firms. Virgin Trains asked…

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