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As he faces a showdown with an activist investor, the First chief needs to prove his break-up plans are the best. Bosses of the transport giant FirstGroup have a diminishing shelf life. The rail and bus operator’s founder, Sir Moir Lockhead, lasted 21 years; his successor, Tim O’Toole, had almost eight.

Council to consider ideas for a light rail system

HEREFORDSHIRE Council leaders say they will consider proposals for ultra-light rail to reduce congestion in the city. The Herefordshire Sustainable Transport Group has submitted evidence to the Department for Transport answering its call for submissions on opportunities to introduce new light rail systems into towns and cities in England.

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  • Tax breaks to steer us to e-bikes [subscription]Commuters are to be offered tax breaks to switch to bicycles with electric motors as the government believes they will cut congestion and pollution.
  • Rail giant FirstGroup may sue Chris Grayling [subscription]Transport giant FirstGroup could sue the government if it fails to renegotiate terms on its struggling South Western Railway franchise. The new boss of the FTSE 250 bus and rail operator, Matthew Gregory, said he preferred a consensual deal. However, he would consider other options if talks with the Department for Transport, led by Chris Grayling, failed.
  • Interview: FirstGroup’s Matthew Gregory [subscription]As he faces a showdown with an activist investor, the First chief needs to prove his break-up plans are the best. Bosses of the transport giant FirstGroup have a diminishing shelf life. The rail and bus operator’s founder, Sir Moir Lockhead, lasted 21 years; his successor, Tim O’Toole, had almost eight.
  • ‘Empty’ Uber cabs driving pollution and congestion [Subscription]Uber cab drivers carry a paying passenger for less than half their shift, according to new data that raises serious concerns that the ride-hailing giant is adding to congestion and pollution.
  • How to install a home EV chargerVroom, e-vroom, but do you have room to charge an electric car at home? Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) rose 13.8% in the UK last year, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association: that’s about a quarter of the European average, but an increase nevertheless.

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  • Concern over Aberdeen airport strikes as row goes onA passenger group has voiced concerns after hundreds of staff went on strike at Aberdeen International Airport.
  • Council to consider ideas for a light rail systemHEREFORDSHIRE Council leaders say they will consider proposals for ultra-light rail to reduce congestion in the city. The Herefordshire Sustainable Transport Group has submitted evidence to the Department for Transport answering its call for submissions on opportunities to introduce new light rail systems into towns and cities in England.

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