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Amid the tragedy we have a chance to transform travel - Grant Shapps MP [subscription]

Over the last few days, for people returning to their jobs, the morning commute has taken on a new look. Instead of their usual train, bus, tube or tram, passengers walked, cycled or drove, following government advice to avoid public transport if you cannot work from home.

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  • Billionaire bus owners furlough over 300 staffA NORTH Yorkshire bus company whose owners are on today's Sunday Times Rich List have furloughed over 300 employees. According to The Sunday Times, the company Optare, owned by the Hinduja brothers who last year topped the papers rich list, has furloughed 360 employees.

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  • Reopening abandoned stretch of Leeds train track could create new HS2 linkTransport bosses have discussed proposals to re-open a stretch of Leeds rail line that could create a new link to HS2 in West Yorkshire. Re-opening the Wortley Curve, a half mile long track, would allow rail services to pass between Wakefield and Bradford without the need to pass through Leeds train station.

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  • HS2 ˜off course™ report welcomed by critics An updated HS2 report from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts which is seriously critical of the project has been welcomed by critics. The review by the committee of MPs from all sides of the House says the programme has ˜gone badly off-course and is now estimated to cost up to £88 billion, significantly more than the original budget of £55.7 billion™. The Committee says it is ˜unconvinced that there will not be further cost increases, such as those we have seen in Crossrail and many other programmes, especially given that the route and forecast cost of the northern sections of...

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