Thursday, 05 July 2012
- Six biggest English cities get extra powers Some of England's biggest cities outside of London are to be given significant extra powers and money.
- Birmingham to win control of £1.5bn fund Birmingham is set to be given control of a £1.5bn investment fund under plans which will see eight cities being handed more powers.
- Intercity rail journey to be cutPlans are announced to electrify the Glasgow's Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley train route, cutting 10 minutes from journey times.
- VIDEO: HS2 rail 'will end north-south divide'The HS2 rail line will end the 'north-south divide' in Britain, claims rail enthusiast Pete Waterman as he recalls how a previous upgrade made it possible for him to get from the Midlands to London in less than an hour.
- The deal that solved bus strike?The details behind the deal that led to a bus strike over Olympic bonuses to be called off
- HS2 to change 'lives of millions'Many agree with music man Peter Waterman that the High Speed rail plans will
- Estuary airport is 'preposterous'Proposals to build an airport in the Thames Estuary airport were called both "preposterous" and essential in a debate between two South East MPs.
- Olympic bus strike is suspendedA threatened bus strike in London in a row about Olympic bonuses is suspended while union officials consider a new offer.
- VW to buy rest of Porsche for â‚¬4.46bnGroups finalise plans to speed up merger, with the integration set to take effect from August 1 when the maker of the 911 sports car becomes a VW brand
- All Nippon Airways: chasing capitalGetting in ahead of your rival in a tight market is a good idea “ so long as your business proposition compares favourably
- Air India remains drag on aviation sectorNational carrier is saddled with debt and has had to rely on multiple government bailouts, yet prospect of privatisation is controversial
- Network Rail triggers bonus rowPlans for a management bonus scheme at the taxpayer-funded company could see top executives get payouts totalling more than £14m
- Etihad pledges to hold on to Aer Lingus stakeGulf airline™s chief executive backs Irish airline™s management and strategy and reiterates interest in Dublin™s 25% stake in flag carrier
- Anger over £350m cut to rail investment plansANGER erupted last night as plans to run an extra two trains an hour on Scotland's busiest commuter route were axed after the Scottish Government cut £350 million from its rail investment programme.
- Transport: 'Next stop Westminster, eh?!' Boris turns Tube announcer Londoners can be a miserable lot. While the rest of the country flocks to watch the torch relay and gets ready for the Olympics on TV, they're moaning about ZiL lanes, anti-aircraft missiles, packed trains and tourists. And now there's something new to drone on about.
- London bus strike off as talks over Olympic pay continueA planned strike by London bus workers tomorrow in a row over an Olympic bonus has been suspended to allow further talks.Related StoriesDisabled workers vote to strike over Remploy factory closuresRescued RAF airman diesBritish Museum sends artefacts overseas as UK funding fallsAt least 150,000 illegal migrants may still be in UKAgency loses 150,000 migrants staying illegally
- Transport for London: freedom pass replacement for 60 year olds announcedFollowing restrictions on who can claim the freedom pass for free travel, a new type of Oyster card will provide those 60 year olds with free travel in London.
- Network Rail bosses now seek £12 million in third bonus schemeNetwork Rail executives are seeking long-term bonuses of almost £12 million on top of two other reward schemes for bosses at the taxpayer-funded company.
- Panda-monium on the Tube: 108 pandas go wild in LondonThis panda posse performed a tai-chi inspired dance in the middle of Trafalgar Square and travelled on the London Underground
- Global airline fleet set to soar The world airline fleet is likely to double over the next 20 years, plane-maker Boeing forecast. In the years to 2031, global airlines will need 34,000 new planes worth around £2,900bn, said the firm. Related StoriesShop prices fall in line with the cost of oilNew online migrant network to help on the home frontProperty spending at best in two years BY MARGARET CANNINGGood news hard to find in these difficult timesEx-chief in showdown with MPs after shock resignation
- Council officials demand details of HS2 plan for ColeshillNorth Warwickshire Council officials have pressed the Government to clarify plans for the proposed HS2 railway link which is set to pass through an area covered by the authority.
Edinburgh Evening News
- Tram chiefs warned over £500k backlashTRAM chiefs were today warned to brace themselves for a storm of protest over plans to spend £500,000 hiring tram drivers at least 18 months before the line opens.
- Student flats plan under fire with call to ban carsSTUDENTS moving into a planned new residence could be banned from owning cars after the development came under fire from community councillors.
London Evening Standard
- Northern and Metropolitan Tube lines hit by signal failureTens of thousands of Tube commuters suffered an horrendous start to the day with major disruption on the Northern and Metropolitan lines.
- London bus strike suspended after TfL offers unprecedented profit-sharing dealTomorrow's bus strike is off - to the relief of millions of passengers.
Manchester Evening News
- Johnny Marr backs schools fight for new Baguley railway station Students from around Wythenshawe hope to sign up parents and residents to support a new railway station in Baguley.
- Battle to save busesA BATTLE to save local bus services has been joined by Liberal Democrat councillors who plan to take the fight to Sheffield Town Hall.
Wolverhampton Express and Star
- £90k on traffic lights at Wolverhampton bus stationTraffic lights are to be installed outside Wolverhampton™s new £22.5 million bus station to make it safer for pedestrians crossing the road.
- Yorkshire to claim powers back from WhitehallA HISTORIC shift in power from Whitehall to Yorkshire will be revealed today as the region is handed unprecedented control over hundreds of millions of pounds of funding for transport, infrastructure and training for young people.
- Railway cable vandals costs train company £90,000 Passengers had a narrow escape after vandals threw cables onto railway tracks in Peterborough.
- Railway cable vandals costs train company £90,000 Passengers had a narrow escape after vandals threw cables onto railway tracks in Peterborough.
The Shields Gazette
- Bus drivers on fast track to the GamesA FLEET of South Tyneside bus drivers are heading to London for the Olympic Games.
Other Regional Press
- MP challenges train company Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP, Mark Williams, has questioned managers of Arriva Trains Wales in an evidence session this morning of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, looking into cross border transport issues.
- Work has started on superport’s rail link at Tilbury LONDON Gateway’s rail link to the future is on track and on time – and the world is starting to notice.
- Wirral MPs welcome hint that electrification of Bidston to Wrexham railway line could happen sooner than previously thought The Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan MP, last week hinted the long-awaited improvements to the “Borderlands” – or mid-Wirral – line could be in the pipeline.
- Sutton rail campaigners fight to save a train link Rail campaigners are planning a day of action in a bid to save a train link to The City, St Pancras, North London and stations to Luton.
- High speed railway is villagers' worst fears confirmedA HIGH speed railway which is set to tear through the region WILL have a branch which runs along the M42 – blighting properties in villages including Kingsbury, Polesworth, Warton and Austrey.
- Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller puts case for electriWrexham to Bidston train line THE case for improving a train line passing through Neston was put in Parliament by Ellesmere Port and Neston MP Andrew Miller.
- East Anglia: Cheaper fares not being advertisedTHOUSANDS of rail passengers are still unnecessarily forking out too much for train travel because of confusing price structures.
- Dorchester electric bus gets the thumbs-up A GROUNDBREAKING new green bus service has hit the road in Poundbury.
- Views on Dorset transport sought RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on Dorset™s highways and transport services.
Global Rail News
- New operator appointed to run Telford InternationalTelford and Wrekin Council has appointed a new operator to run the town’s ill-fated international railfreight park. German rail freight company DB Schenker Rail has been chosen to run the Telford site, which opened in June 2009. The company will pay connection charge, rates and operating costs. Last year, logistics company John G Russell Limited [...]
- Lifesavers to receive special recognition at RailStaff AwardsA new honour to recognise lifesavers within Britain’s rail industry has been launched for this year’s RailStaff Awards. The Network Rail/Samaritans Partnership is supporting the Samaritans Lifesaver Award, which aims to highlight the pre-emptive actions of station staff, train crew, track workers and many railway staff who, by timely intervention, have prevented a potential fatality. [...]
- Mission statementThe Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace (F2A) project, which is being delivered by Network Rail and its principal contractor Balfour Beatty Rail, will create additional capacity for high speed train services on the East Coast Main Line by upgrading the existing route between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace while removing the current bottleneck in this [...]
- Rail journey times to be cut between Glasgow and EdinburghA £650 million scheme to electrify a route between Scotland’s two major cities will cut train times and create hundreds of jobs, says Scotland’s Transport Minister. MP Keith Brown has outlined plans to electrify the Glasgow’s Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley train route, which will cut 10 minutes from journey times. The scheme to upgrade [...]
- Record 125mph reached on Midland Main Line test runAn East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian has been run at record speed on the Midland Main Line in preparation of the line speed being raised in time for the December 2013 timetable change. Network Rail and East Midlands Trains operated the diesel train at 125mph on a short stretch between Bedford and Ampthill. Network [...]
- London Underground consider retractable platformsThe installation of retractable platforms, which would allow wheelchair users and those with buggies much easier access to the tube, is being considered by London Underground. As part of the Deep Tube Programme, suppliers have been asked to put forward proposals for movable gap fillers on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly Central and Waterloo and City lines. [...]
- Former Olympian warms up passengers at London train stationsA former Olympian is trying to inspire commuters to swap the Tube for a pair of running shoes this summer. Iwan Thomas, a former Olympic and Commonwealth Games runner, held a session at London Bridge on Monday as part of Transport for London™s (TfL) Get Ahead of the Games campaign. Iwan, who who has appeared [...]
- American Airlines seeks to extend exclusivity periodAmerican Airlines is seeking more time to file its reorganization plan with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, a move that could delay any merger deals with suitors such as US Airways Group Inc.
- Virgin Australia Celebrates 4th of July on Codeshare with Virgin AmericaThe competition between Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia further heats up as the latter unveiled today plans to secure more service routes to Europe via the code sharing arrangement the airline had earlier inked with Singapore Airlines.
- Anti-APD email campaign passes 10,000 markAlliance urges more people to use website to contact MPs over aviation tax
- Etihad passenger numbers boosted by codesharesAbu Dhabi carrier says partnership strategy with other airlines is paying off
- Citroen C-Zero electric car leased for £2 a day A new and imaginative way of encouraging people to move to electric cars was demonstrated by Citroen last month when it leased 200 of its fully-electric C-Zero cars for only £60 a month. The scheme is run in collaboration with a peer-to-peer car sharing provider Multicity so participants have the option of hiring out their C-Zero when they are not using it themselves, thereby reducing further still their monthly costs.read more
Other News Sources
- Merseytravel Quality Bus Partnerships for Wirral Bus companies Arriva and First have joined forces with Merseytravel, Wirral Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council to improve and integrate services on routes 1, 3 and 401 to provide a better service between Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Chester. And they’ve done the same on routes 71/72/171/172/472 which run between Liverpool and Heswall.
- VOSA accelerates Testing Transformation ProgrammeThe Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is accelerating its Testing Transformation Programme? as it revealed that nearly half of all heavy goods and passenger service vehicle tests are now carried at privately-owned sites. VOSA Chief Executive Alastair Peoples said: œI am pleased to see the market provision of Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) continuing to mature with 220 non-VOSA sites nationwide, of which 154 are open access and 30 are third party sites. Currently 49% of tests are now being carried out at non-VOSA sites, and VOSA is committed to transfer the majority of its core ...
- Brussels Airlines continues co-operation with handling company FlightcareFor the next coming years Brussels Airlines will continue to work together with the handling company Flightcare in its homebase Brussels Airport. More than ever quality is crucial in the...
- Emirates in Major Network Expansion to the East and WestEmirates is embarking on a major expansion of its route network with three additional destinations to be launched in the next six months, on top of the 12 new routes already being rolled out in...
- Brussels South Charleroi Airport: +9% passengers in JuneBrussels South Charleroi Airport registered a total of 573,901 passengers in June, anincrease of 9% compared to the 524,343 passengers registered in the same monthlast year.This traffic increase ...
Proposals to build an airport in the Thames Estuary airport were called both "preposterous" and essential in a debate between two South East MPs.
ANGER erupted last night as plans to run an extra two trains an hour on Scotland's busiest commuter route were axed after the Scottish Government cut £350 million from its rail investment programme.
Following restrictions on who can claim the freedom pass for free travel, a new type of Oyster card will provide those 60 year olds with free travel in London.
The installation of retractable platforms, which would allow wheelchair users and those with buggies much easier access to the tube, is being considered by London Underground. As part of the Deep Tube Programme, suppliers have been asked to put forward proposals for movable gap fillers on the Bakerloo, Piccadilly Central and Waterloo and City lines. [...]
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