TfL’s Oyster Card service hacked

TfL’s Oyster Card service hacked

Transport for London confirmed that its Oyster service was taken offline after a number of customers had their login details compromised. No user payment details had been compromised but customers will be unable to check their balance or top up their cards through the website.

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Shapps scraps Southeastern franchise contest

Shapps scraps Southeastern franchise contest

Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, cancelled the process to find a replacement for Southeastern, which runs trains between London, Kent and East Sussex. A new franchise was due to be issued in November 2019, but rising costs have caused the process to be halted and uncertainty that the new operator would be able…

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UK train operators reverse decision to leave Interrail scheme

UK train operators reverse decision to leave Interrail scheme

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) announced Britain will remain part of the interrail scheme following “strong reactions” to its initial announcement 24 hours earlier that it will be leaving the scheme. Among those who spoke out is the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps who urged the group to reconsider its decision yesterday.

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Westminster City Council Launches 50% surcharge for diesel vehicles

Westminster City Council Launches 50% surcharge for diesel vehicles

Westminster City Council launched a 50% parking surcharge on non-Euro-6 diesel vehicles on Monday. The charge hopes to reduce the number of older diesel vehicles by 250,000 a year. The borough is the first in London to introduce a surcharge in addition to existing parking rates.  Money raised from the surcharge will be spent on…

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Tees Valley pilots on demand bus service

Tees Valley pilots on demand bus service

The Tees Valley Mayor, Ben Houchen and Combined Authority’s Cabinet agreed to pilot a demand-responsive bus service to help residents in isolated communities. The proposals allow passengers to book services in advance via phone, smartphone or online. Darlington, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland will be used for the pilot. A 12-week consultation has been launched…

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Rail fares expected to increase next year

Rail fares expected to increase next year

Rail ticket prices are expected to increase by 2.7% in January 2020, with some having to pay more than a £100 more on their season ticket. This rise is significantly higher than CPI inflation and will “come as a blow to passengers” according to Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, Darren Shirley. The price…

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City Council Official to be drafted into Lothian Buses following strikes

City Council Official to be drafted into Lothian Buses following strikes

Union leaders and Lothian buses management brokered a deal which should see the end of strike action in Edinburgh. In the agreement, which is due to be voted on by members on Friday, there are provisions for an independent HR officer from the City council to be brought in whilst issues of “bullying and harassment”…

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North Tyne bus companies criticise new bus plan

North Tyne bus companies criticise new bus plan

Stagecoach and other North-Eastern bus operators criticised proposals to create a London-style bus system in the region, citing the proposals will lead to increased taxes and are a “huge distraction” from “more pressing” public transport issues. This follows the announcement by North of Tyne Mayor, Jamie Driscoll, and Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes which…

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High Court refuses to reject claims from frustrated franchise bidders

High Court refuses to reject claims from frustrated franchise bidders

The government lost a bid to rule out legal challenges from three rail firms that are contesting its handling of controversial franchise bids. Last week, the High Court gave Virgin, Stagecoach and Arriva Trains approval to challenge former Transport Secretary Chris Grayling’s decision to ban them from bidding for the East Midlands, West Coast and…

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