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Ban drivers making hands-free phone calls, say MPs

Select committee warns hands-free devices create 'same risks of collision' as hand-held ones

Gatwick expansion branded a threat to ‘climate emergency’ progress

Work made by Sussex councils on declaring a ‘climate emergency’ would be wiped out by the planned expansion of Gatwick Airport.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

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  • ‘Smells of sick’: tube users ponder the Kennington pongCould it be an undeclared chemical spill by a secretive branch of the military? Or perhaps even the stench from bodies left over from the Black Death? Or is it just … burgers? Deep below London it is a mystery that been getting up the nostrils of tube users already struggling in recent weeks from rising temperatures.
  • SNP set to nationalise last civilian shipbuilder to save ferry contractsThe Scottish government is expected to nationalise the last civilian shipbuilder on the Clyde this week in an effort to save two high-profile ferry contracts. Derek Mackay, the Scottish finance secretary, said ministers were likely to take over running Ferguson Marine Engineering from its owner later this week following a long dispute about cost overruns on two passenger ferries.
  • MPs call for tougher penalties on drivers using mobile phonesTougher restrictions on drivers using mobile phones, including extending the ban to hands-free devices, should be considered, MPs have said. The transport select committee said using any type of mobile phone while driving had potentially catastrophic consequences. The MPs called for more severe penalties “commensurate with the risks”, as road deaths linked to phone use have risen steadily over the past decade.
  • National Grid 'had three blackout near-misses in three months'National Grid had experienced three blackout “near-misses” in as many months before Friday’s major outage left almost a million homes in the dark and forced trains to a standstill around the UK.

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  • Heathrow on track to top 81m passengers after July boostHeathrow has said it is on track to top 81m passengers this year after new figures revealed that nearly eight million passengers used the airport in July. The hub airport has already flown 46m passengers so far this year, a near 1.5 per cent increase on the same time the previous year.
  • Axe to grind: Taxi drivers slam ‘PR gimmick’ as City launches car-free daysTaxi drivers have slammed plans to close off key locations in the City of London to traffic during the summer, saying they amount to a “PR gimmick”. Key City hotspots, including St Mary Axe and Chancery Lane, will be closed for days in August and September to allow workers to enjoy traffic-free lunch breaks, the City of London Corporation announced today.

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  • LEADERS MEET FOR HS2 DISCUSSIONThe chief executives of Manchester Airports Group (MAG) and HS2 Ltd have met to discuss progress on the development of the proposed line to the city.
  • Gatwick sets out £1.1bn five-year investment planGatwick Airport has set out its new five-year £1.11bn capital investment programme (CIP), highlighting more investment in automation and technology as an enabler of sustainable growth.
  • The 5 things you may not have spotted in the masterplan for Heathrow expansionIt’s easy to get distracted by CGI images of new terminals and green spaces in Heathrow’s proposed expansion Masterplan. But behind the summaries and glossy images there are lots of hidden details it's very easy to miss. Advocacy group Stop Heathrow Expansion recently got their hands on the whole lot, and found some of the documents contain details that you might not have heard about.
  • TSSA Statement on Caledonia Sleeper Brakes FailureTSSA has called for speedy action after the Rail Accident Investigation Branch found a closed break valve was to blame for the overrun at Edinburgh Waverly by a Caledonian Sleeper train on 1st August.

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