Request for bus ban on Queen Street in Oxford declined

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The BBC has reported that a request to ban buses form a major street in Oxford city centre has been declined by the secretary of state for transport. It was submitted due to safety concerns about more people using Queen Street because of the Westgate Oxford shopping centre opening. But the Department for Transport has…

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VW, BMW and Fiat face big fines over CO2 targets

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Peter Campbell has reported that some of the world’s biggest carmakers are heading for fines in excess of €1bn as they fail to hit legally mandated CO2 targets in 2021. A report by PA consulting states that in total, seven out of 11 carmakers are on course to miss the target. Only Volvo, Toyota, the…

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Driverless cars will hit UK roads by 2021

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Rhiannon Williams has reported that the first driverless cars will be in full use on UK roads by 2021, revolutionising the lives of many elderly and disabled people. The report states that Chris Grayling the Transport Secretary has told the Association of British Insurers he was “determined” the UK should be at the “forefront of…

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UK’s biggest rail franchise to be broken up

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Gwyn Topham has reported that Govia Thameslink Railway which includes the troubled Southern service is to be split up in 2021 when franchise expires, government announces. Passengers on Southern have experienced widespread disruption since it was incorporated into Britain’s biggest rail franchise, in 2015. While the government has blamed Southern’s problems on the long industrial…

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UK’s biggest rail franchise to be broken up

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Gwyn Topham has reported that Govia Thameslink Railway which includes the troubled Southern service is to be split up in 2021 when franchise expires, government announces. Passengers on Southern have experienced widespread disruption since it was incorporated into Britain’s biggest rail franchise, in 2015. While the government has blamed Southern’s problems on the long industrial…

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HO HO HALT Christmas travel chaos expected to ruin the festive period for thousands of families as hundreds of trains are cancelled for repairs

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Charlie Parker has reported that passengers coming home for Christmas will be forced to use replacement bus services or drive as the engineering work takes place all over the UK. The report states that London will be worst affected by planned engineering work. Elsewhere in Manchester, Network Rail works on Christmas Eve will shutdown all…

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London bus drivers afraid to report ‘shocking abuse’

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Staff at BT News have reported that a news study has revealed that bus  drivers in London face “shocking” levels of abuse, spitting and physical assaults but often do not report incidents for fear of being blamed or disciplined.  A survey of 6,000 members of Unite found that one in eight had been spat at…

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New car sales fall in Ireland as used UK imports accelerate

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Alan Tovey has reported that sales of new cars are expected to fall to 2.565m this year as economic uncertainty and fears about the impact of Brexit put off motorists from making big ticket purchases. This represents a 4.7pc drop on the 2.693m new cars registered last year, which was a record performance. The prediction…

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