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No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50

Garden bridge charity spent £53.5m with no construction, TfL finds

Review finds £43m of public money went on abandoned Thames bridge schemeThe charity behind a plan to build a garden bridge across the Thames in London spent £53.5m without even beginning full construction on the scheme, final figures for the abandoned scheme have revealed.Of the total spent by the Garden Bridge Trust, £43m was public money – £24m from Transport for London and £19m from the Department for Transport, TfL said on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, London, Thames, Society, UK News, Transport, Local Government, Boris Johnson, Transport policy, Tfl, Garden Bridge Trust, Department for Transport TfL

CCTV could be made mandatory in taxis in England and Wales

Licensing law proposals also include more rigorous regime on driver background checksTaxis and minicab drivers in England and Wales could be forced to install CCTV in their vehicles under government proposals to tighten up licensing laws.Local authorities might also have to conduct enhanced criminal record and background checks on every driver. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Wales, Society, UK News, Transport, Local Government, Cctv, Road transport, Transport policy

Monumental issues around Stonehenge | Letters

Malcolm Reading says it is more likely that ancient Greece and Rome, rather than Stonehenge, were the inspiration for The Circus in Bath, John Bailey wonders whether Chris Grayling is the right person to resolve road planning issues around the monument, Phil Turner says the need for the military training area nearby is questionable, and Mark Lyall wonders whether a relocation of the stones would be easierIt is fanciful to assign Stonehenge as the inspiration of the architect John Wood’s Circus i...
Tags: Politics, Greece, UK News, World news, Rome, Architecture, Military, Art and design, Transport, Athens, Chris Grayling, Road transport, Transport policy, Stonehenge, Charlotte Higgins, John Wood

Campaigners call for transport overhaul to tackle pollution

Measures to cut emissions could include free bus travel, says Friends of the EarthCampaigners have called for free bus travel and the reopening of hundreds of miles of railway lines to end reliance on cars, as transport is due to be confirmed as the UK’s largest contributor to greenhouse gases.Official data released on Tuesday is expected to confirm transport as the most polluting sector, largely driven by cars. It outstripped energy for the first time in 2016, with annual emissions of about 125...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, UK, Environment, Society, UK News, Air Pollution, Pollution, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Bus fares, Rail industry

Number of bus journeys in England falls by 85m in a year

Labour says official figures show devastating impact of Tory cuts on local services The number of bus passenger journeys in England slumped by 85m last year, according to figures that Labour said highlighted the devastating impact of cuts to local services under the current government. Related: Don’t sneer at Jeremy Corbyn: for millions, buses really do matter | Owen Jones Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Public finance, Public sector cuts, Public services policy, Labour, Transport, Local Government, Road transport, Transport policy, Jeremy Corbyn, Owen Jones

MoD sends planners to ministries over post-Brexit border fears

Military to assist government departments set to take brunt of no-deal chaos or backlogMilitary planners have been deployed to the Department for Transport, the Home Office and the Foreign Office as officials desperately try to avoid backlogs and chaos at the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Observer can disclose.Details released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 14 military planners have been dispatched by the Ministry of Defence to key ministries, which also include ...
Tags: Politics, Eu, UK News, Britain, Military, Ministry Of Defence, Transport, Chris Grayling, Transport policy, Whitehall, Brexit, Foreign Office, Cabinet Office, Department for Transport the Home Office

Cycles for cigarettes: city gives bikes to children if a relative quits

The bicycles are given to children in the Turkish border city of Kilis if they also maintain strong grades and promise to ride for an hour a dayStanding on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small Turkish city on the border with Syria, a constant stream of noisy motorcycles, scooters and cars zoom past. It’s certainly not the most bicycle-friendly city, but local leaders are determined to change that with a new network of cycle lanes, and by giving away thousands of bikes to local children.Sin...
Tags: Health, Smoking, Environment, Society, World news, Turkey, Syria, Cities, Transport policy, Kilis, Kilis Continue

Cycles for cigarettes: city gives children bikes if relative quits

Thousands of free bikes and a protected cycle lane network are part of a plan to transform transport in the Turkish border city of KilisStanding on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small Turkish city on the border with Syria, a constant stream of noisy motorcycles, scooters and cars zoom past. It’s certainly not the most bicycle-friendly city, but local leaders are determined to change that with a new network of cycle lanes, and by giving away thousands of bikes to local children.Since the o...
Tags: Health, Smoking, Environment, Society, World news, Turkey, Syria, Cities, Transport policy, Kilis, Kilis Continue

Health effects of diesel 'cost European taxpayers billions'

Traffic emissions responsible for at least €70bn damage every year, report saysAir pollution from roads causes at least €70bn (£62bn) in health damage every year in the European Union, according to a new report, with diesel fumes responsible for three-quarters of the harm.The research, commissioned by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), found the vast majority of the costs were borne by taxpayers through government-funded health services. But these costs could be reduced by 80% by 2030 i...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, Environment, European Union, Society, World news, Air Pollution, Pollution, World Health Organization, Automotive Industry, Transport policy, European Public Health Alliance EPHA

Diesel pollution stunts children’s lung growth, London study shows

Research carried out in London also shows charging polluting trucks had no effect on healthPollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found.The research, conducted with more than 2,000 school children in London, is the first such study in a city where diesel pollution is a significant factor, and has implications for cities around the world. It also showed that charges to deter polluting trucks from entering the cit...
Tags: Health, Business, Politics, London, Children, Environment, Society, UK News, World news, Public services policy, Air Pollution, Pollution, Transport, Health policy, Automotive Industry, Transport policy

HS2 and the continuing north-south divide | Letters

Mixed reactions to Simon Jenkins’ call to halt the planned high-speed rail link between London and the MidlandsRegarding Simon Jenkins’ article (HS2 fails every test. This must be the end of it, 10 August), HS2 trains will serve the city centres of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. There are at least 20 city and town centre locations that will be served by HS2 trains from the south-east to Scotland. HS2 remains on track and within its funding envelope, and there is no government repor...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Scotland, Cbi, Society, UK News, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Transport, Sheffield, TUC, Rail transport, Birmingham, Transport policy, North-south Divide

Drink-drive casualties in UK at four-year high

Calls for cut in legal alcohol limit after more than 9,000 deaths or injuries in 2016The number of drink-drive casualties has reached a four-year high, figures show.An estimated 9,040 people were killed or injured on Britain’s roads in 2016 in incidents where a driver was over the alcohol limit, according to the Department for Transport. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, UK, Alcohol, Society, UK News, Britain, Transport, Transport policy, Department for Transport Continue

Unreliable public transport 'stops poor families finding work'

Families in north of England struggle to find jobs because of poor and expensive public transport, research findsUnaffordable and unreliable public transport is cutting off the poorest families in the north of England from crucial job opportunities, a study has found. Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), interviewed residents in neighbourhoods across Greater Manchester and Leeds city regions. Continue...
Tags: Politics, England, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Transport, Local Government, Transport policy, Leeds, Bus fares, North Of England, University Of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, Joseph Rowntree Foundation JRF

The expensive disaster that is bus privatisation | Letters

Alan Whitehouse and Veronica Hardstaff reply to a letter from the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK, and Rosemary Howorth, Michael Gold and John Ainsworth respond to articles by Lynsey Hanley and Anna BawdenJust as some sections of the railway industry believe that privatisation ushered in an era of passenger growth, so Pauline Gaunt of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK claims that privatised buses have stemmed the decline in bus use (Deregulation and Britain’s bus services, Lett...
Tags: Business, Politics, Money, Society, UK News, Consumer affairs, Britain, Transport, Local Government, Rural affairs, Yorkshire, Rail transport, Motoring, Transport policy, Rail Fares, Bus fares

Government to review law before self-driving cars arrive on UK roads

Three-year review will consider responsibility in self-driving vehicles and their role in public transportThe government is to review the law before the arrival of self-driving cars on UK roads, considering issues such as whether this type of transport requires new criminal offences.The development of autonomous vehicles is at the heart of the government’s industrial strategy and the three-year law review is considered necessary if it is to stick to the timetable announced in November last year ...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Technology, Law, Conservatives, UK News, Research and development, Economic policy, Robots, Transport, Philip Hammond, Transport policy, Self-driving Cars

What to look out for in Philip Hammond’s budget speech

How will the chancellor try to improve British productivity and tackle pressures over public services and welfare? This is Philip Hammond’s first budget statement since the general election in June and the third since he became chancellor last year.In March he was cheered by his backbenchers after the UK avoided the recession predicted by many analysts following the Brexit vote last year. Employment was climbing and measures of consumer and business confidence, which plummeted after the referend...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, Housing, Economics, Conservatives, Society, UK News, Tax and spending, Public services policy, Welfare, Tax Avoidance, Philip Hammond, Transport policy, Brexit, Budget 2017 (November

Autumn budget: Hammond urged to invest £7bn in transport for new towns

National infrastructure commission calls for the rate of housebuilding to be doubled across a swath of central EnglandPhilip Hammond is being urged to earmark £7bn for new transport links in the “brain belt” spanning Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes in next week’s budget, and persuade local authorities to build the first new towns in half a century.The national infrastructure commission, backed by the government and chaired by Labour peer Andrew Adonis, is calling for the rate of housebuildin...
Tags: Politics, England, Housing, Communities, Society, UK News, Labour, Transport, Philip Hammond, Transport policy, Milton Keynes, Hammond, Andrew Adonis, Oxford Cambridge, Budget 2017 (November, EnglandPhilip Hammond

UK running 200 years behind on rail accessibility | Letter from 55 campaigners

Nearly 80% of stations across the UK are not accessible to deaf, disabled and older people, say 55 campaigners, even though the government’s figures show a threefold return on such investmentLast week 50 organisations wrote to the secretary of state for transport to demand that he restores vital Access for All rail projects. Despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world, the UK still has a long way to go on rail access. Nearly 80% of stations across the UK are not accessible to deaf...
Tags: Politics, UK, London, Society, UK News, Disability, Transport, Rail transport, Camden, Transport policy, Department For Transport, Mike Smith, Andrew Lee, George Saunders, Lewisham, Enfield

Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else's

From Paris to New York, we’ve matched metro maps against versions that only include fully accessible stations. The results are discouraging – but are any cities doing it right? Share your experience of accessing cities with a disabilityThe metro can be the quickest way to get around many big cities. Unless you’re in a wheelchair.Although it has invested recently in improving accessibility, the London Underground – the world’s oldest metro, opened in 1863 – still only has 71 out 270 tube stations...
Tags: New York, Society, World news, Disability, Cities, Paris, City transport, Graphic Design, Transport policy, London Underground

Kim Briggs widower: 'this is not about anti-cycling, it's about wrongdoing'

Matthew Briggs, whose wife was struck by a cyclist in east London, discusses his grief and his long wait for a convictionA week after Kim Briggs died of head injuries sustained when a cyclist riding an illegal bike collided with her at about 18mph, her husband, Matthew Briggs, received a call from a police officer warning him there would be a long journey ahead.Briggs was sitting on a bench outside John Lewis in Bluewater, the behemoth shopping centre in Kent, where he was picking out clothing f...
Tags: John Lewis, London, Law, UK News, Cycling, Transport, Transport policy, Kent, Briggs, Kim Briggs, Matthew Briggs

Government to look at extending dangerous driving offence to cyclists

Theresa May says transport secretary will look at whether law needs to be changed after case in which woman died in LondonThe government is to examine whether the offence of dangerous driving should be extended to cyclists after a case in which a woman died after being struck by a rider whose bike had no front brake.Speaking at prime minister’s questions, Theresa May said the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, would look at whether there was a need for a law change after the death of Kim Brigg...
Tags: Politics, Law, UK News, Theresa May, Cycling, Transport, Chris Grayling, Road Safety, Transport policy, LondonThe, Kim Briggs

The UK ignores China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan at its peril | Colin Cram

Post-Brexit, the UK will need to look east. So why does its transport investment strategy ignore the world’s greatest infrastructure programme?The UK risks being marginalised after Brexit if it does not revitalise its infrastructure to engage with the huge markets developing in central Asia. But the UK government’s recent transport investment strategy virtually ignores the greatest infrastructure programme the world has ever seen. Related: Reject the chancers and their fantasy visions of post-...
Tags: Asia, Politics, UK, China, Singapore, Society, UK News, Public services policy, Asia Pacific, Air transport, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, Public Leaders Network, Road, Hs2

Mind the map! London's tube in £100m global licensing push

Transport for London bids to make millions from the classic logo, map and Routemaster buses after link-ups with Nike and Lego and deals in JapanNothing says London like the Routemaster bus, the tube roundel logo or Harry Beck’s schematic underground network map. Now the capital’s transport authority is seeking to generate cash to reinvest in its hard-pressed tube, train and bus services, using the design classics to sell branded products overseas.Transport for London has struck its first global ...
Tags: Business, Toys, Politics, UK, London, Media, Law, Advertising, Nike, Life and style, UK News, Lego, Transport, Rail transport, Marketing & PR, Intellectual Property

Police and courts fail cyclists over road safety, says cross-party inquiry

Dangerous drivers are increasingly likely to escape prosecution and more people plead exceptional hardship to avoid banPolicing and the justice system are too often failing cyclists, making the roads too dangerous for people to ride on them, and then not properly prosecuting or banning motorists who commit offences, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has warned.Dangerous drivers are increasingly likely to be permitted by courts to stay behind the wheel, the report found, with the number of dri...
Tags: Politics, Law, Police, UK News, UK criminal justice, Cycling, Transport, Road Safety, Transport policy

More than half UK investment in transport is in London, says study

Thinktank IPPR North warns gulf in investment between regions is at cost of greater northern productivityMore than half of the UK’s total spending on transport networks is invested in London, research has found, prompting warnings of “chronic underinvestment” in northern infrastructure projects.The gulf in transport infrastructure investment between London and the rest of England is set to get worse, according to the analysis by the thinktank IPPR North, with £1,943 being spent per person in Lon...
Tags: Politics, UK, England, London, Society, UK News, Transport, Rail transport, Transport policy, North-south Divide, Rail industry, Thinktank IPPR North, IPPR North

Business leaders call for transport revolution to rebalance UK economy

Report says north of England is missing out on growth and jobs due to poor transport connections to airports and portsTheresa May’s attempt to rebalance the UK economy risks being derailed without a transport revolution to modernise links to the north of England’s airports, business leaders have warned.An independent commission found that the north of England had capacity for an extra 60 million air passengers but was being held back by outdated road and rail links. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Politics, UK, England, Economics, Society, UK News, Economic policy, Air transport, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Transport, Transport policy, North-south Divide, North Of England

Southern discomfort fuels call to renationalise the railways | Letters

Rafael Behr mentions false memory regarding the old British Rail (Rail chiefs and unions: can passengers trust either, 4 January), a condition he appears to suffer from himself. He writes that BR was synonymous with shabbiness. Really? In 1993, InterCity, the flagship, was rated by passengers at 95% in this regard (The InterCity Story, 1994). Customer satisfaction at service levels was at 98%, and the company made a profit for the six years to 1994, when it was privatised, despite the huge distr...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Money, Society, UK News, Consumer affairs, Disability, Economic policy, Privatisation, Treasury, Rail transport, Richard Branson, Transport policy, Rail Fares, Rafael Behr

Public-private partnerships are risky, but can pay off

Donald Trump wants $1tn of private funding for US infrastructure but he, and other world leaders, must learn from past failuresAs US president-elect Donald Trump looks to private finance to spur $1tn in US infrastructure investment, he and his team may want to evaluate the benefits – and the challenges – of other countries’ public-private partnerships.One clear lesson is that governments need to pay close attention to contract structures to ensure private partners can be held to account. Contin...
Tags: Politics, Small Business, US, Society, World news, US news, Public services policy, Transport policy, Public Leaders Network, Donald Trump, Private sector

London must stand together in 2017 if its golden age is not to end

The capital’s politicians and other influential groups need unanimity of purpose if the city is to keep prospering in the year of uncertainties ahead For three decades, with barely a blip, the UK capital has been going from strength to strength. Nothing has stunted its potency and growth, not the 7/7 bombings or the 2011 riots, not Black Monday or the 2008 global crash, not even the original Millennium Dome. Its economy drives and subsidises the rest of the country, its still-new tier of regiona...
Tags: Health, Europe, Politics, UK, London, Money, Housing, European Union, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Consumer affairs, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Transport

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