Crawling city diesels driving pollution up

A study by Greener Journeys, an environmental group, has showed that increased congestion has led to a sharp rise in pollution. According to The Times the analysis found that a halving of average city traffic speeds could lead to a 50pc increase in emissions from larger vehicles. It also emerged that in nose-to-tail congestion, levels…

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BA passengers fly without bags after new system failure

Thousands of passengers at Heathrow were forced to fly without their luggage due to a baggage system failure yesterday morning. According to the Daily Telegraph, travellers using Terminals 3 and 5 on British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights were warned to pack essentials in hand luggage. A spokesman for Heathrow said the situation was…

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Firstgroup chief loses bonus after tram crash

Greig Cameron of The Times reports that the chief executive of Firstgroup has had his annual bonus withheld because of the Croydon tram crash. Seven people died and 58 were injured in the incident. In its annual report, published yesterday, the company told shareholders it would not be appropriate for Tim O’Toole to receive the…

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Rail complaints hit 540,000 on reliability failure

Rebecca Smith at City AM revealed the rate of rail passenger complaints rose 7.5pc last year to 540,000. According to the latest figures from the Office of Rail and Road, the rise was driven by train operators in London and the south east. Complaints to Govia Thameslink Railway, the parent company of Southern rail, increased…

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Whitehall’s air quality plan will ‘fail’ unless it tackles congestion

Critics of the Government’s air quality plan has said it will ‘fail’ because it ignores the growing impact of congestion on pollution in city centres.  Greener Journeys, who prepared the submission with Professor David Begg, the former chairman of the Government’s Commission for Integrated Transport, warned it will be impossible to keep air pollution in check…

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EasyJet aims to cut emissions with new Airbus planes

The Daily Telegraph’s Bradley Gerrard reveals that easyJet has taken delivery of the first of a new type of aircraft from Airbus. Dame Carolyn McCall, chief executive, said the aircraft would help the group hit an emissions target of 72g of carbon per passenger kilometre by 2022, down 10pc from its current route. She was…

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VW clarifies terms for European diesel owners

Jim Brunsden of The Financial Times reports that Volkswagen has set out clearer rights for European customers affected by the diesel emissions scandal. Vera Jourova, the EU justice commissioner, said yesterday that VW had committed to grant European customers ‘a de facto two-year extra warranty’ on car parts linked to the company’s cheating in emissions…

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