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British Transport merger must be immediately scrapped, say unions

THE controversial merger of Police Scotland and British Transport Police must be immediately scrapped due to a “cavalier” attitude towards railway safety, rail unions have demanded.

Taxify halts London services after regulator questions licence

Uber rival Taxify has temporarily halted operations in London, the company said on Friday, after local regulator Transport for London said the new market entrant had failed to obtain a proper operating licence.

Southern Rail owner Go Ahead sees profits tumble

The owner of Southern Rail has posted a a 5.7 per cent drop in pre-tax profits after a series of industrial disputes and falling passenger numbers.

The Yorkshire Post says: Now is the time to pile pressure on Theresa May to fix Northern transport

THERESA MAY – whose Maidenhead constituency will soon benefit from Crossrail – clearly believes the Government has a track record to defend when it comes to investment in the train network.

UK to consult further on Heathrow expansion after election delay

Britain announced on Thursday a further consultation on a third runway at Heathrow airport to take into account new aviation demand forecasts and the government's air quality plan.

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  • SpaceX launches top-secret space shuttle before Irma hits FloridaCrewless aircraft blasts off from Kennedy space center on ThursdayShuttle takes off for secret mission as businesses boarded up for IrmaSpaceX launched the US air force’s super-secret space shuttle on Thursday, blasting off from Kennedy space center in Florida as schools and businesses boarded up for Hurricane Irma. Related: Mysterious space plane blasts off for secretive US air force mission Continue reading...

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  • Taxi drivers facing huge bills for wheelchair cabsLocal authority officers have urged members of the licensing committee to push forward with implementing a controversial policy which would require a 100% wheelchair accessible taxi fleet by June 6 next year.

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  • Bus times change for the 426NORTH Yorkshire County Council has revised the timetable for its temporary 426 Selby-Cawood-York bus route following concerns over timings.

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  • Call for more cycle tracks to combat London bus delays New research backed by British Cycling’s policy adviser Chris Boardman says cycle tracks can help beat bus delays. In fact, where there are lots of cyclists, shared bus-cycle lanes can cause increased bus journey times and congestion. Building more separated cycle tracks could actually help reduce them. In a study of buses and cycles travelling northbound on the shared bus lane across London Bridge in the morning rush hour, transport experts Dr Rachel Aldred of Westminster University, Phil Jones of Phil Jones Associates and Luke Best of Multimodal found buses travelling at 20 mph experi...
  • New TfL app enables passengers to top up their Oyster card on the go (Image Source: Mayor Watch) Oyster card users can now check their pay as you go balance and top up their card with just a few quick taps of their smartphone after Transport for London (TfL) launched its new app.  The new app, which was designed by TfL and developed by Cubic Transportation Systems, is free to download via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and enables customers to use their smartphone to quickly add pay as you go credit or Travelcards to their Oyster card. These can then be added after 30 minutes by simply touching the Oyster card on the yellow card reader at any...

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  • A new chapter for Albatross TravelFormer CEO of Albatross Travel, Sean Taggart, has sold his shares in the company to his business partners – current CEO Steve Hornby and CFO Adam Handy.
  • Turning Kernow aroundGareth Evans talks to First Kernow MD Alex Carter, who explains the story of turning round the once ailing Cornish business and how investment such as new buses, coupled with working in partnership with the local authority is delivering a better service for the public to the benefit of all

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  • Maynard: HS2 will not deliver full potential unless east-west links improvedRail minister Paul Maynard has reiterated that HS2’s full potential will not be fully delivered unless east-west rail links are properly improved as well, despite recent claims that plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NRP), or HS3, have gone down the government’s priority...
  • Go-Ahead profits slump under poor Southern performanceThe company behind Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the Go-Ahead Group, has today reported a slowdown in its operating profits partially due to strike action on Southern services. Operating profits for the company slipped by 12%, from 162.6m in 2016 to 150.6m this year, with overall revenue...
  • The Halton Curve: Small piece of track, big rail ambitionsCllr Liam Robinson, chair of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Transport Committee and of Merseytravel, explains the importance of bringing the Halton Curve back into full use.
  • From enmity to eminence: The inevitable journey of infrastructureSir David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, discusses the enduring importance of infrastructure - putting HS2 in context of the Grade 1 listed Humber Bridge, comparing and contrasting how the bridge was first seen, and how essential it is now.
  • RMT threatens strike action against another TOC over payYet another TOC could become the latest victim of widespread industrial action as the RMT today warned that a dispute against East Midlands Trains (EMT) was “looming”. The union said that strikes could be on the horizon due to East Midlands allegedly “dragging its heels”...

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  • CAMPAIGN: It™s time to get real about rail The news of the forthcoming rise in regulated fares has unleashed a torrent of media criticism of the railway industry, even though it does not control the decision, while the most common label given to the vital work at London Waterloo in August was ˜disruption™. The best way to do so is not yet obvious, but Railnews editor Sim Harris believes we should now start biting back.

Aviation Industry

  • AEF briefing highlights inadequate measures to address air quality in Heathrow NPSToday, the AEF published the third in a series of briefings which focuses on the implications of Heathrow expansion for air quality. This forms part of the campaign, Why the third runway plan can’t fly, emphasising the NPS’s failure to …
  • How big of a threat to air travel is the Hyperloop? A Hyperloop, the vacuum-tube city-to-city transportation concept introduced by Elon Musk in 2013, could be operational on a small scale within three years, according to Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) co-founder and CEO Dirk Ahlborn. read more
  • Ryanair opens tenth base in Germany Irish LCC Ryanair has opened its tenth base in Germany with a Boeing 737-800 at Memmingen, which is located southwest of Munich. read more
  • Austrian CEO warns airberlin bidders should be seriousAs more potential bidders express interest in airberlin and its Austrian LCC, NIKI, the CEO of Austrian Airlines has warned that any bids should be appropriately serious relative to the size and importance of the two airlines. read more
  • US airlines deny hurricane gouging, cap Florida flight pricesUS airlines, under fire from people trying to get flights out of southern Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma and seeing high fares, are putting caps on one-way direct fares for travel out of the state. read more
  • ANA takes first A321neoJapan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, becoming the launch operator of the version of the aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan engines. read more

Green Miscellany

  • Explosive protection for your bicycle for less than £20When thieves come for your bicycle in the dead of night they have a significant advantage. You are asleep. They have time to prise open sheds and dismantle locks in peace. There is no real alternative to a good insurance policy, but there are simple and cost-effective ways to make a thief’s life more difficult. Poacher alarms use a simple spring, trip wire… The post Explosive protection for your bicycle for less than £20 appeared first on ETA.

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