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Ban UK domestic flights and subsidise rail travel, urges transport charity

Campaign for Better Transport calls on government to end climate disaster of internal flights. Domestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidised, transport campaigners have urged, highlighting the relative environmental and financial costs of air and rail travel.The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) called on ministers to outlaw internal UK flights if an equivalent train journey took less than five hours and to resist calls for any cut in air passenger duty.

Nationalised rail chiefs get inflation-busting pay rise [subscription]

Executives on the DfT OLR Holdings board shared remuneration of £718,000 this year, a rise of 5.7pc on 2020. Ministers have been accused of hypocrisy after bosses at Britain’s nationalised rail operator were handed an inflation-busting pay rise despite ordinary rail workers being forced to endure a two-year freeze on wages.

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  • Letter: HS2 will leave constraints of Victorian rail behindFrom Professor Andrew McNaughton, Former Technical Director, HS2 Former Chief Engineer The HS2 Birmingham to Leeds/York phase was proposed by a Labour administration in 2010 but adopted, after thorough review by successor coalition and Conservative governments — a rare cross-party initiative. No amount of disruptive tinkering with the existing network would match HS2 in enabling economic growth, social equity and 2050 decarbonisation.

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  • Anti-HS2 protesters face eviction from Wendover campActivists, including veteran Swampy, barricade themselves inside tunnel at site in Buckinghamshire
  • Ban UK domestic flights and subsidise rail travel, urges transport charityCampaign for Better Transport calls on government to end climate disaster of internal flights. Domestic flights should be banned and long-distance train fares subsidised, transport campaigners have urged, highlighting the relative environmental and financial costs of air and rail travel.The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) called on ministers to outlaw internal UK flights if an equivalent train journey took less than five hours and to resist calls for any cut in air passenger duty.

The Telegraph

  • Nationalised rail chiefs get inflation-busting pay rise [subscription]Executives on the DfT OLR Holdings board shared remuneration of £718,000 this year, a rise of 5.7pc on 2020. Ministers have been accused of hypocrisy after bosses at Britain’s nationalised rail operator were handed an inflation-busting pay rise despite ordinary rail workers being forced to endure a two-year freeze on wages.

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