Cheshire East Council admits air pollution data was falsified

Sarah Marsh has reported that the local authority has admitted its air pollution data was deliberately manipulated for three years to make it look cleaner. Cheshire East council apologised after serious errors were made in air quality readings from 2012 to 2014. It is reviewing planning applications amid fears falsified data may have affected decisions…

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How northern rail connections have hit the buffers

Peter Hetherington, in the Opinion section, has complained that train services in the north lag behind those in the south, in terms of aesthetics, efficiency, speed and comfort. Laying the blame at the feet of the Government, he praises the Tyne and Wear metro as an example of a truly integrated public transport system that…

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Tories’ rail electrification retreat will ‘hit costs and journey times’

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Staff at the Guardian have reported that the Labour party has warned that scrapping rail electrification projects will lengthen journey times, increase carbon emissions and raise the cost of running the network. Labour claims the plan to scrap electrification will increase the duration of journeys such as Manchester to Liverpool by nearly half an hour…

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Union campaign aims to reverse plans to scrap rail line electrification

ITV News has reported that a campaign is being launched to reverse the Government’s controversial decision to scrap electrification of railway lines in Wales, the Midlands and the North. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling sparked outrage with an announcement just before Parliament went into summer recess last month that routes between Cardiff and Swansea; Kettering, Nottingham…

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Trains ‘have never been more overcrowded’

Rowena Mason has reported that, according to an analysis by Labour, trains are more crowded than they have ever been; trains on some routes regularly carry over double their capacity. Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, said overcrowding on railways was a “national disgrace”, with the top 10 most packed train lines on average carrying…

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Rail fares set to rise as foreign owners increase prices

Caitlin Morrison has reported the RMT’s claims that rail fares are set to rocket in the UK because foreign owners of the country’s train services are charging higher prices here in order to keep costs low domestically. The rail union said research has shown “European owners of UK rail services rob passengers to hold down…

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Traffic jams undermining ‘vital bus services, report warns

Arwyn Jones has reported on a report by Welsh Assembly members which warns that bus services are a “vital lifeline” suffering from traffic congestion. They called on ministers to show more “political will” to tackle the issue. Buses account for more than 80% of public transport in Wales but the economy committee said speeds were…

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Transport for London delays English language tests for taxi drivers

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Lynsey Barber has reported that Transport for London has pushed back plans to introduce English language tests for Uber drivers again. It will now require those working for Uber and other minicab firms in the capital to show they have passed the test by July next year if they have applied for or renewed a…

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