One in three British rail services run late under tightened standards | UK news

One in three British rail services run late under tightened standards | UK news

More than a third of British rail services failed to reach stations on time over the past year, according to new performance measurements. Under the toughened standards, trains are considered punctual if they arrive within a minute of the timetable, rather than the previous limit of up to 10 minutes. Under the changed regime, just […]

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Road transport emissions up since 1990 despite efficiency drive | UK news

Road transport emissions up since 1990 despite efficiency drive | UK news

Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions from road transport have continued to grow since 1990 despite more efficient cars because traffic has increased by almost a third, according to government figures. Cutting emissions on Britain’s roads remains a significant challenge, according to the report from the Office for National Statistics, citing a 6% rise in greenhouse gases […]

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Clearance of ancient woodlands for HS2 to be halted until review | UK news

Clearance of ancient woodlands for HS2 to be halted until review | UK news

Clearances of ancient woodlands for HS2 must be paused until an independent review of the £88bn high-speed line is delivered, the government has said. However, clearances deemed absolutely necessary to avoid major costs and impacts on the construction schedule can still go ahead, the Department for Transport said. The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, told HS2 […]

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Two protesters arrested over Heathrow drone threat | UK news

Two protesters arrested over Heathrow drone threat | UK news

Two people have been arrested as protesters attempted to fly drones near Heathrow to highlight the role air travel plays in the escalating climate emergency. Activists attempted to launch the first drone at about 3am within the airport’s three-mile (5km) exclusion zone but they said the authorities used jamming technology to prevent it taking off. […]

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Johnson urged to back £3.5bn plan to overhaul railways in Midlands | UK news

Johnson urged to back £3.5bn plan to overhaul railways in Midlands | UK news

Politicians and businesses in the Midlands have urged the prime minister to back a £3.5bn plan to overhaul the region’s railways with “long-overdue investment” in better connections between its cities. Following the success of Transport for the North in securing Boris Johnson’s support for parts of its strategic plan, including significant rail investment, a coalition […]

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UK bus firms vow to buy only ultra-low or zero-emission vehicles from 2025 | UK news

UK bus firms vow to buy only ultra-low or zero-emission vehicles from 2025 | UK news

Bus operators have pledged to buy only ultra-low or zero-emission vehicles from 2025 as they called on the government to outline a national strategy to encourage more people to use buses. The Confederation of Passenger Transport, which represents most bus operators in the UK including the big five firms – Arriva, FirstGroup, Go Ahead, National […]

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If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott | UK news

If ministers want to rebalance the economy, they must scrap HS2 | Larry Elliott | UK news

The future of HS2, Britain’s most ambitious infrastructure project, is hanging by a thread after the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced a delay of up to five years to complete its first phase, accompanied by a massive increase in the estimated cost. For the beleaguered construction sector, the timing could hardly have been worse. Orders […]

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Why are all the motherhood memoirs so white? | Huma Qureshi | Opinion

Why are all the motherhood memoirs so white? | Huma Qureshi | Opinion

I am more than a little obsessed with reading memoirs about motherhood. It is not inexplicable, for I have three young children of my own, aged five and under. In this intense period of parenting, whereby my tired head spins sometimes from simply trying to remember to call the right one by the right name […]

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‘One big family’: steam railways seek next generation of drivers | UK news

‘One big family’: steam railways seek next generation of drivers | UK news

Nathan Au began volunteering on the Swanage railway at the age of 17. Ten years on, he is a fully fledged driver and he loves being at the controls of the great steam and diesel engines that trundle through the Dorset countryside. “It’s lovely to work on these really elegant old heritage machines,” he said. […]

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Government's no-deal funds for ports decried as 'too little, too late' | Politics

Leaked no-deal report says lorries could face 48-hour delays at Dover | World news

Leaked government documents which reportedly say there could be 48-hour delays at Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit have moved hauliers to warn of the “clear and present danger” to the UK supply chain. Sky News said it had seen documents which suggest vehicles could face a two-day delay at the Kent port […]

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