‘Smart’ train tickets hit the buffers after costs double

‘Smart’ train tickets hit the buffers after costs double

Graeme Paton has reported that the Department of Transport has been forced to scrap a scheme launched in 2012 to expand smart ticketing on busy rail lines across southeast England after costs more than doubled and most train lines failed to adopt. The National Audit Office has reported that £54m was spent on the project,…

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Oxford Street bus traffic ‘will be almost halved’ to cut pollution

Oxford Street bus traffic 'will be almost halved' to cut pollution

The number of buses on London’s Oxford Street will be almost halved to reduce congestion and air pollution, ITV News has reported. Transport for London confirmed that 23 bus routes will be altered, reducing the amount serving Europe’s busiest shopping district by 40%.  The changes will be implemented this summer, ahead of the east-west Elizabeth…

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Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

Public Sector Executive has covered the news that Reading Buses, the council-owned organisation that strives to reduce car dependency for visitors and residents, has become the first independent operator to go 100% contactless, meaning it is now the first town-wide contactless bus network outside of the capital. The launch of the scheme early in March…

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Mental cost of diesel fumes like a bereavement

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Reporting on its front page, Oliver Moody has covered the news that a new study indicates that living with heavy pollution from traffic fumes is as bad for people’s happiness as being widowed or divorced. Sarah Knight and Peter Howley, from the University of York, found that each increase of five mcg/m3 had as much…

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Diesel scrappage scheme would target the most polluted areas

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Christopher Hope has reported that the diesel car scrappage scheme will be targeted at the most polluted areas of the country under plans being considered by ministers. Car owners will only qualify for cash to scrap their diesel vehicles if they are old enough and registered at an address where air pollution is already severe.…

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Thames road tunnel east of London wins Whitehall backing

How the south portal of the planned new road tunnel, near Gravesend, would look © Highways Agency

Tanya Powley has reported that the proposed new tunnel under the Thames to alleviate congestion on the M25 has now received government approval. It is expected to take about ten years to build with costs of up to £5.9bn. Image: How the south portal of the planned new road tunnel, near Gravesend, would look © Highways…

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Now diesel drivers face new ‘pay as you pollute’ charges

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Ben Wilkinson has reported that diesel car owners could be charged for where and when they drive under ‘pay as you pollute’ plans funded by a £1m government grant. The investment was awarded yesterday for the development of monitoring devices that track vehicle movements and the levels of toxic nitrogen oxide they produce. The new…

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Southern under fire for CEO’s payrise

Southern under fire for CEO's payrise

Katie Gibbons has reported that Southern Railway has once again been attacked by unions over revelations that its parent company’s chief executive doubled his salary to £495,000 as passengers suffered travel delays. Govia’s Charles Horton had his pay increased from £263,000 in the year ending July 2015, leading union bosses to accuse the company of…

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