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‘We’ll move fast and fix things’: the big transport issues for Labour

Transport secretary Louise Haigh says reform of rail leading to full renationalisation will be a priority

Wales Bus Bill plans confirmed for current Senedd term by FM

The Bus Bill in Wales as part of work to deliver franchising of services in the country will be introduced during the remainder of the current Senedd term, First Minister Vaughan Gething said on 9 July.

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  • Labour government 'urgently exploring options' to save County Durham Hitachi Rail plantSir Keir Starmer, Rachel Reeves, and new transport secretary Lou Haigh have all committed over recent weeks and months that a Labour administration would act to protect the major trainbuilding plant in Newton Aycliffe, where hundreds of jobs are at risk due to a gap in orders. Labour had claimed that the previous Tory government had the power to save the factory “with the stroke of a pen” by extending the manufacturing giant’s existing contracts, pledging it would do that if it were in power and then also deliver a long-term strategy that would end a “boom-and-bust cycle” for the rail industry.

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  • Bus cab design: Improved greatly, but still more to do, says PailtonThe main character from the 1970s British sitcom On the Buses, a driver named Stan, was always trying to get off work with various hare-brained schemes. Hardly surprisingly, when you learn that during the same era, work-related health problems often forced bus drivers to quit the job long before retirement age.

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  • Three more transport ministers namedThree more ministers have been appointed at the Department for Transport to assist transport secretary Louise Haigh, following last week’s general election.

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