Strike-hit rail firm Southern speeds up delay payments

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Staff at BBC Online have reported that passengers on the strike-hit Southern rail network are now being compensated automatically for train delays. The scheme operates through the firm’s smartcard, where passengers tap in and tap out to pay for journeys, parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) said. Previously, people applied for Delay Repay compensation online or…

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Bank holiday strike to bring bus chaos to London

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Londoners’ bank holiday plans are due to be severely disrupted as Transport for London confirm their staff will be on strike over Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August. The strike will see over 400 Unite members walk out, including staff responsible for re-routing buses due to major events, roadworks and accidents. With major festivals like…

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Apple puts brakes on self-driving car project, report says

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Alex Hern has reported that Apple is following the road taken by Waymo, the autonomous vehicle subsidiary of Google-parent Alphabet, and downshifting on its still-unannounced self-driving car project. The company has been working on its automotive technology under the internal code name “Project Titan” since at least 2014, and once intended to build its own…

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Osborne calls for May to back ‘northern powerhouse’ rail plans

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Kevin Rawlinson has reported that the former chancellor called on Theresa May to commit to bolstering northern England to avoid the UK becoming a “one-trick pony”. Osborne, who became the editor of the London Evening Standard after being sacked by May when she took office, called on the prime minister to back the “northern powerhouse”…

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Buses bound for Mexico in £44m double-decker deal

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Staff at BCC Online have reported that Scottish bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis Ltd will build 90 low-emission double-deckers to run on one of Mexico’s most famous avenues. Prime Minister Theresa May announced a £44m finance deal that will see the vehicles shipped to Mexico City. The Enviro500 buses are being made at Alexander Dennis’s sites…

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TfL sets wheels in motion for new consulting arm

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Rebecca Smith has reported that Transport for London (TfL) has set the wheels in motion to establish a consultancy providing its expertise to operators around the world. London mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed TfL is in the process of setting up a trading arm, Transport for London Consulting, after establishing there was “significant scope” for…

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Incoming South West Trains boss tries to stop fresh strike threats

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Dick Murray has reported that a crisis meeting has taken place between rail and union chiefs to prevent the threat of a Southern Rail-style strike action spreading to other busy London commuter routes.  Steve Montgomery, managing director of First Rail which takes over the South West Trains franchise on Sunday for the next seven years,…

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Bring back the bendy bus, transport chiefs urged

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Neil Johnston has reported that the “bendy buses” so hated by Boris Johnson would cut journey times and provide better disabled access if they returned to London’s streets, an influential committee has suggested. The 60ft-long articulated buses went out of service at the end of 2011 after Mr Johnson, then mayor of London, complained that…

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UK car buyers turn to secondhand vehicles

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Richard Partington has reported that the British car market is coming under increasing pressure as consumers turn away from buying new models after a squeeze on earnings, favouring secondhand cars instead. Figures show the number of used cars bought using finance increased by 7% in June compared with the same month a year ago, according…

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