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‘Take control of railways away from government’ [subscription]

The rail industry is to call for the present train franchise system to be scrapped, that long-distance routes are opened up to competition between multiple operators and that commuter services into London and around leading cities come under the control of local authorities.

French rail firm SNCF threatens legal action against government over failed HS2 bid

France's state-owned rail company SNCF is threatening legal action against the UK government after it was barred from bidding from a contract to run HS2 in an ongoing dispute over pension liabilities.

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  • Trains disrupted at London Paddington following fire at depotRail services in and out of London Paddington were halted on Sunday following a fire at a storage yard in west London.
  • Report backs per-mile road charging scheme for LondonDrivers would be quoted a price before each individual journey to reflect its true impact. London’s ultra-low emission zone (Ulez) and congestion charge should be scrapped in favour of a per-mile charging scheme based on the impact of vehicle journeys, according to a thinktank report backed by politicians and business groups in the capital.

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  • 'Let's replace two lanes of A259 with cycle lanes'TWO lanes of the main A259 seafront road should be given over to cyclists, a former mayor said. Green councillor Pete West made the statement as he called for the “safe” cycle lanes at a pre-election meeting in Brighton.

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