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  • Dover Travel Chaos Sees Motorists Stranded In Sweltering Heat, Police Hand Out Water Holiday makers and truck drivers have been caught in “traffic chaos” outside Dover, as terror fears led to severe delays at the port of Dover as the summer getaway begins. Hundreds of motorists were stranded overnight after security checks were heightened at the request of French authorities and there were huge queues on the A20 and the A2 on Saturday, leaving many stuck for up to 10 hours. Motorists reported nearby service stations had run out of water and food. Many got out of the cars and begun kicking footballs about and camping. Police had to hand out water to stranded motori...

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  • 'It's the hope that gets you': commuter diaries of the Southern rail nightmareSouthern, part of Govia Thameslink Railway, is facing calls to be stripped of its franchise over delays, engineering works, staff shortages and industrial disputes. Four passengers describe their weeks trying to get to work on timeMany train passengers have complaints about their local train service but an epidemic of delays and cancellations on Southern trains has driven commuters to despair. Southern, part of the wider franchise operated by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) since 2015, has seen industrial disputes and staff shortages piled on top of major engineering works – and suffering passe...
  • UK pupils injured in coach accident in FranceBus carrying British teenagers involved in crash on A39 near Swiss borderTwo British school students have been seriously injured after a coach crashed in France near the Swiss border.The two students, one described as being in a life-threatening condition and another in a serious condition, were airlifted to hospital from the crash site on the A39 motorway at Lons-le-Saunier. Continue reading...
  • Heathrow delay is harming economy, MPs warn Theresa MayGo-ahead for third runway will be a test of new leadership’s mettleTheresa May faces the first big challenge to her fledgling premiership as 36 Conservative MPs, led by the former party chairman Grant Shapps, demand an urgent decision on Heathrow airport’s expansion, warning that continued delay is damaging the UK economy. Related: Brexit vote has bolstered Heathrow's fortunes, says airport chief Continue reading...
  • Enough of bridges and trains that are only vanity projects | Catherine BennettTheresa May should call time on the wasteful follies that have become nothing but politicians’ playthingsIt said much about Boris Johnson’s eight-year performance as mayor of London that when the reviews came in, the highlight was often a fleet of buses. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick to satisfy some nostalgic, icon-hungry mayoral whim, they were widely taken at their instigator’s word to be an awe-inspiring success story, as well as one in the eye for “doubters”.“They said I was mad,” Johnson crowed in 2013, in one of the Telegraph columns in which he would occasionally conduct an auto work a...
  • The Observer view on Uber and business practices | Observer editorialThe law must be changed to thwart exploitative employersUber now provides an average of more than 5m rides a day, stellar growth for a company that launched its app just five years ago. For many of its customers, the Uber brand is synonymous with a reliable, efficient – and, above all, cheap – way of getting around. But at what cost?Last week, a legal challenge against Uber began in the UK. The case is being brought by 19 drivers, supported by the GMB union. Uber stands accused of misclassifying its drivers as self-employed, denying them rights they would be entitled to were they employed by t...
  • Families stuck on roads into Dover told chaos will last until MondayHolidaymakers and lorry drivers trapped in traffic for up to 12 hours, with delays blamed on shortage of French border staff Holidaymakers trapped in their cars on the roads to Dover have been told the travel chaos will continue until Monday.The first day of the holiday season turned into a traffic nightmare for travellers, with many stuck in traffic jams on the A2, A20 and M20 for up to 12 hours while they waited to cross the Channel and start their summer breaks in France and beyond. Continue reading...

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