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....”. Adam Wellesley, director of Horts estate agents in Northamptonshire, said the rise in prices was “likely to be down to the close vicinity for commuters to get to London Euston, as you can now get there within 48 minutes”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Commuters in the north are becoming increasingly frustrated by poor rail provision, suffering slow, overcrowded services on antiquated diesel trains and paying ever higher fares for the privilege. Last week it was announced that rail fares for commuters in England and Wales would increase by 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Plans to hit rail commuters with the biggest fare rises in five years will force many key workers, including nurses and teaching assistants, to quit their jobs, the biggest public-sector union Unison warned on Saturday. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Rail commuters facing a steep 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Rail fares for commuters in England and Wales will increase by 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... A spokesman for the organisation, which replaced the Council of Mortgage Lenders last month, said the increase reflected a tendency for homebuyers to make purchases in the spring. The latest house price figures came as rail commuters braced for the steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hit 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. If there is one piece of news guaranteed to draw ire from embattled commuters, it is the annual hiking of season rail ticket fares. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The data release came at the same time as July’s retail price index measure of inflation showed an increase to 3. 6%, a typically higher measure of prices than CPI which will be used to calculate the steepest annual increase in rail fares in the past five years for commuters in England and Wales. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Rail commuters will find out on Tuesday how much the cost of season tickets will increase by next year, as trade unions warn that passengers are paying “more for less”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. A sliding pound has left euro rail fares looking less of a comparative bargain, but commuter season tickets and peak fares remain more expensive on Britain’s railways than continental Europe’s, according to most studies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Even for commuters long used to rising fares, last week’s news of another hefty increase was particularly painful: the cost of season tickets and most off-peak standard fares will rise by 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6%, while spending on services decreased by £400m. The rising levels of expenditure come as inflation remains above the Bank of England’s target for 2%, while rail fares for commuters in England and Wales will also increase by 3. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6%, while spending on services decreased by £400m. The rising levels of expenditure come as inflation remains above the Bank of England’s target for 2%, while rail fares for commuters in England and Wales will also increase by 3. ...
House prices: Northants leads Midlands 'mini-boom', says Rightmove image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 05:01:02 AM
....”. Adam Wellesley, director of Horts estate agents in Northamptonshire, said the rise in prices was “likely to be down to the close vicinity for commuters to get to London Euston, as you can now get there within 48 minutes”. ...
Day of moaning declared in north of England over train woes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of August 2017 05:00:03 AM
....Commuters in the north are becoming increasingly frustrated by poor rail provision, suffering slow, overcrowded services on antiquated diesel trains and paying ever higher fares for the privilege. Last week it was announced that rail fares for commuters in England and Wales would increase by 3. ...
UK rail fare rise ‘will force key workers to quit city jobs’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 11:05:27 PM
. Plans to hit rail commuters with the biggest fare rises in five years will force many key workers, including nurses and teaching assistants, to quit their jobs, the biggest public-sector union Unison warned on Saturday. ...
Better subsidies would make rail fares more affordable … just in time for Brexit image
. A sliding pound has left euro rail fares looking less of a comparative bargain, but commuter season tickets and peak fares remain more expensive on Britain’s railways than continental Europe’s, according to most studies. ...
Seven ways to cut the cost of Britain’s rail tickets image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 02:59:16 PM
Trains are too expensive. But transport’s real problem is subsidies for London | Wanda Wyporska image
. If there is one piece of news guaranteed to draw ire from embattled commuters, it is the annual hiking of season rail ticket fares. ...
Pound falls against dollar as inflation comes in lower than expected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 05:10:12 PM
....The data release came at the same time as July’s retail price index measure of inflation showed an increase to 3. 6%, a typically higher measure of prices than CPI which will be used to calculate the steepest annual increase in rail fares in the past five years for commuters in England and Wales. ...
UK house price growth slows with London and north-east hardest hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 12:57:18 PM
.... A spokesman for the organisation, which replaced the Council of Mortgage Lenders last month, said the increase reflected a tendency for homebuyers to make purchases in the spring. The latest house price figures came as rail commuters braced for the steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hit 3. ...
UK commuters brace for rail fares hike of 3.5% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 06:55:16 AM
. Rail commuters will find out on Tuesday how much the cost of season tickets will increase by next year, as trade unions warn that passengers are paying “more for less”. ...
UK inflation tipped to rise again with wages forecast to stagnate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 03:28:41 PM
.... Consumers are using their credit cards to fund spending and the Bank of England has expressed alarm about the increase in personal debt. Tuesday’s update from the ONS will bring important news for commuters because July’s retail price index (RPI) will be used to calculate rail fares for the year ahead. ...
Do your fellow Brits a favour. Stop going on holiday | Simon Jenkins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 06:00:08 AM
.... It is the crude price the Treasury has exacted from the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, for his gutless refusal to do the sensible thing and put the HS2 vanity project on indefinite hold. Billions of pounds are to be denied to rail services in the north merely to ease the least-crowded commuter line into London – to be followed by a new London Crossrail 2. ...
Southern rail tops list of most overcrowded trains image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 09:47:32 AM
.... The biggest percentage growth in rush hour train usage was in Manchester and Leeds last year, both at more than 7%. The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, signalled last week that he was planning to scrap first-class carriages on more commuter trains in an effort to ease overcrowding. ...
Southern rail gets lowest satisfaction score in passenger survey image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 10:14:23 AM
. Southern rail continues to have the most dissatisfied passengers in Britain, closely followed by other south-east commuter services operated by Govia, according to the latest national passenger survey (pdf). ...
Rail firms to be judged by 'to the minute' train punctuality image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 06:00:12 AM
....However, the existing measure of lateness is likely to persist for some time – partly because, the industry body said, the rail network is only sufficiently connected by existing technology to allow 80% of arrivals at stations to be monitored exactly. The official “public performance measure”, where commuter services have five minutes’ leeway and long-distance trains can arrive 10 minutes late and still count as on time, is also the basis on which Network Rail and train operators are monitored and face potential penalties. ...
Channel Tunnel rail link sold on to consortium for £3bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 05:38:02 PM
....HS1 operates and maintains the track and infrastructure on the 67-mile high-speed rail line between London St Pancras International station and the Channel tunnel, including the four stations served by the route. The high-speed passenger railway carries Southeastern commuter services as well as Eurostar trains, used by about 20 million passengers a year. ...
Southern rail: unions say £13.4m fine is ‘less than a slap on the wrist’ image
....Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, repeated his call to take over suburban routes on Southern. He said: “This fine will be absolutely no consolation for hard-pressed commuters who have been forced to suffer a litany of appalling service and spiralling fares. ...
Major rail disruption looms in August as stations are closed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 12:52:08 PM
....Mark Carne, the Network Rail chief executive, said that he wanted the public to plan ahead and be aware that there would be major changes to many services around the capital, although holidaymakers could be reassured that all airport trains will run as normal. However, the worst of the disruption will be felt throughout the month by commuters into Waterloo. ...
Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train is five times over budget, says NAO image
....”. Network Rail said it was a “complex and challenging” project but would deliver real benefits for thousands of daily commuters. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of July 2017 06:00:06 AM
....However, where these schemes hit a roadblock is that you are only allowed to spend up to £1,000, which rules out almost all e-bikes. To clear the way the Green Commute Initiative (GCI) has recently been launched, specifically targeting the e-bike market with a mission to help get more commuters out of their cars – thereby cutting air pollution and traffic congestion. ...
Southern rail crisis: Grayling given two weeks to make ruling image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 04:29:06 PM
....The high court has given the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, two weeks to make a critical, long-delayed ruling over the Southern rail crisis. The order was made after Southern commuters sought a judicial review of the government’s handling of the Govia Thameslink Railway franchise, which incorporates Southern. ...
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.... But SNCF has an enviable reputation as a high-speed pioneer; Trenitalia is likewise an experienced operator; and Guangshen Railway has teamed up with Hong Kong’s excellent MTR. Britain’s long-suffering commuters should get on board. ...
Southern tried to run too many trains on poor infrastructure: report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 09:33:08 AM
....The report urged ministers to find an immediate extra £300m to replace worn-out infrastructure or face an embarrassing end to one of its flagship rail programmes. He said that unless money was spent immediately, the Thameslink upgrade – which has caused years of disruption during the redevelopment of London Bridge and Blackfriars stations in the promise of more capacity for commuters – would only be able to deliver 12 instead of the promised 24 trains an hour on completion in 2018. ...
Derby-based Bombardier beats German rival to £900m train contract image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 09:01:04 AM
....British industry has received a boost from a £900m train order that once looked destined for Germany but is instead going to the Bombardier plant in Derby, safeguarding about 2,500 skilled jobs. A fleet of 90 commuter trains for the South Western franchise will be built at the country’s oldest train manufacturing site, one of only two left in the UK. ...
House price inflation in April at six-month high, official figures show image
....1% – but the government department said this was an area where low numbers of sales can lead to volatility. Another area in the ONS’s “top five” is the district of Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, which includes the commuter towns of Amersham and Chesham, where annual growth was 13%, while Rutland in the East Midlands rose by 12. ...
Berkeley duo's plan to solve traffic jams: hyper-fast lanes for self-driving cars image
....”. Hyperlane works a lot like existing dedicated commuter lanes, only instead of paying extra to use higher-speed, lower-congestion lanes in a human-driven vehicle, the separate lanes are only for autonomous vehicles. ...
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....EE and Vodafone are UK’s worst mobile providers, says Which?. Labour promises to save average rail commuter £200 on season ticket. ...
Labour promises to save average rail commuter £200 on season ticket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 06:00:47 AM
. Labour has pledged to save the average rail commuter more than £200 a year by forcing companies to limit fare increases on season tickets. ...
BA’s failures fly in the face of ‘customer as king’. This is the new normal | Peter Fleming image
.... The patient has no say over hospital policy, which is now controlled by distant technocrats. The commuter remains voiceless as their morning train is cancelled one more time – its owners often reside in another country. ...
Crossrail 2 hits buffers as uncertainties over Brexit and election take hold image
....Now, with its champions having gone after the EU referendum, the project’s prospects look bleak. While City firms discuss relocating offices and staff, any assumption that higher business rates and commuter revenues would pay the £32bn construction bill is on shakier ground. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 06:00:39 AM
.... It even has a monthly pass for £262. Regular daily commuters into Zurich, Geneva and Bern never have to pay more than £3,000 a year for their travel costs. ...
Where oil rigs go to die image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 04:30:18 AM
....He signalled to an operator in a nearby crane, who answered by rotating and depositing on the shore a carry-cage about the size of a couple of telephone boxes, painted blood-red. I stepped inside and held on to the cage’s central pole, like a commuter on a bus, as it was hoisted fast into the air, spinning through several terrible rotations before settling into a queasy, side-to-side sway. ...
'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print image
....Sales of consumer ebooks plunged 17% to £204m last year, the lowest level since 2011 – the year the ebook craze took off as Jeff Bezos’ market-dominating Amazon Kindle took the UK by storm. It is the second year running that sales of consumer ebooks – the biggest segment of the £538m ebook market, which fell 3% last year – have slumped as commuters, holidaymakers and leisure readers shelve digital editions in favour of good old fashioned print novels. ...
Uber plans to test on-demand flying cars network by 2020 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:28:42 AM
...." . Being able to fly over congested urban areas could cut down a commuter's journey dramatically. ...
Cycling to work can cut cancer and heart disease, says study image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 20th of April 2017 03:10:41 AM
.... . The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking the car. ...
Londoners work 'three weeks a year more than rest of UK' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 02:14:56 AM
....A 2012 study found Londoners also faced the longest commute in the UK, spending an average 75 minutes per day travelling. This leaves commuters "needing to work more hours to make up the cost of travel," according to Prof McQuaid. ...
Two-thirds of BHS stores lie empty as anniversary of collapse nears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 03:30:44 PM
.... Its failure became one of the biggest business scandals in recent years. Our analysis of the former BHS estate found that while shops within the London commuter belt and major cities such as Leeds, Birmingham and affluent Brighton have been snapped up by brands such as Next, Primark and H&M, its disappearance has only added to the woes of many already struggling high streets. ...
Let’s move to Crediton, Devon: ‘Its day will come again’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 03:30:00 PM
. What’s going for it? Little, I’m sure, did Crediton’s citizens think, circa AD736, that their town would serve as a commuter suburb for middle managers from Exeter. ...
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Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:39:00 PM
.... . Instead bumper growth areas - marked dark red - are now on the outskirts of the capital and the commuter belt, with Slough, Newham and Waltham Forest the top three areas in terms of annual house price growth. ...
British rail is nationalised all over again – by foreign states image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 02:59:28 PM
....Welsh railways fell to German-owned Arriva long ago, while ScotRail is also in the hands of the Netherlands’ Abellio. The French, as part of Govia, own much of Britain’s biggest commuter franchises, including Southern Rail. ...
Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 07:52:43 AM
. The Hong Kong state-owned metro operator MTR and FirstGroup are to take over the running of South West Trains, one of the Britain’s biggest commuter networks, in a seven-year deal that trade unions denounced for handing another franchise to a state-controlled foreign operator. ...
South West Trains: Hong Kong firm MTR to help run rail franchise image
....Improvements promised under the new contract:. The news has prompted a mixed reaction among commuters and social media users. ...
ONS looks to big data as it explores new ways to measure UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 05:01:00 AM
....The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is opening a new data science campus at its headquarters in Newport, south Wales, on Monday as part of a £17m investment in the way the UK collects and presents data. It will explore new ways of measuring the economy, including using traffic sensors to gauge activity, mobile phone data to track commuter patterns and satellite images to estimate populations. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:29:02 AM
...."We only want to see aggregated patterns," he said. He has been working on a project that can classify travellers, spotting commuters, visitors and even students by their travel patterns. ...
Rail industry promises 6,400 extra services image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:00:48 AM
....The RDG study said that rail companies were already running more than 1,350 extra trains each week compared with four years ago. The group's latest projections suggest that by 2021 there will be an increase in train frequency for London commuters and on high-speed England to Scotland routes. ...
Southern reaches new agreement with train drivers' union Aslef image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 05:57:48 PM
....A fresh deal aimed at resolving the long-running row between Southern and the biggest train drivers’ union has been agreed, the two sides said on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of commuters have faced chaos since the dispute began last year. ...
First class could be axed in next Southeastern rail franchise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of March 2017 05:50:33 PM
. First class compartments could be scrapped on commuter trains into London under proposals for the next Southeastern rail franchise. ...
Fixing America's failing infrastructure won't be easy, despite Trump's pledge image
....”. For the average commuter, these shortfalls in funding and the resulting deferred maintenance and upgrades translate into 34 hours of time lost to traffic delays each week, said Andrew Herrmann, who served as ASCE’s president in 2012. ...
On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of February 2017 07:00:05 AM
....But it is to the Netherlands, a country where 27% of all trips are already made by bike (it’s 1% in the US), that we must look for the most nationally integrated bike-sharing scheme. OV-fiets runs out of almost all important train stations (with 300 locations across the country), with commuters able to pick up a bike from automatic dispensers or from a staffed rental location. ...
Merseyrail and Northern strike ballots open amid Southern deal collapse image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 04:59:24 PM
....A deal struck on ScotRail over driver-only operation staved off strikes, but could be regarded as a union victory in the Department for Transport, where key figures are known to believe that a battle to crush unions through rail reforms must be won. It remains to be seen which commuters will find themselves stranded on journeys home as the struggle plays out. ...
Southern rail users face more strikes as drivers reject Aslef-backed deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 01:31:12 PM
. Southern rail drivers have rejected a deal negotiated between the Aslef union and their employer, reigniting a long-running dispute that has frequently stranded hundreds of thousands of commuters. ...
‘We didn't even have room for a table’: meet the 30-somethings fleeing London image
.... And this pattern is expected to continue, with experts warning that it is starting to change the demographics of the capital and the South-east. “People are moving to the outer London boroughs, and towns and villages in the London commuter zone, to get more space at less cost,” says Lucian Cook of Savills. ...
Railways could use eye scans to charge passengers, say industry plans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 12:01:21 AM
....The document also sets out how new seat designs could be incorporated into existing rolling stock within a year. One version is expected to allow up to 30% more seats in a single carriage, allowing passengers to sit in a more upright position and increase standing space on busy commuter services. ...
Britain’s rail franchise model unfit for purpose, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 10:07:02 AM
....Fewer companies have bid for franchises, while major players such as National Express have withdrawn from the market, meaning ever less competition. According to the national passenger survey run by watchdog Transport Focus, satisfaction with services has suffered a significant decline over the past year, with commuters in the south-east particularly unhappy. ...
Is Ticketclever the way to put rail fares back on track? We find out image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 07:01:22 AM
....The very cheapest long-distance fares are only available by booking far ahead, and the specialist websites will probably be no better at finding them than the National Rail Enquiries service or the train operating companies’ sites. Short-distance routes – such as daily commuter journeys into London – rarely throw up split-ticketing opportunities. ...
Q&A: what does the Southern rail deal over strikes mean? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 11:59:54 PM
....Far from it. As commuters know, problems with delays and unreliable trains predate any industrial action. ...
Southern rail and union agree deal to end strikes over driver-only trains image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:38:40 PM
.... Last week, the national rail passenger survey confirmed that Southern was the worst-performing train operator. This week, commuters launched a legal claim to attempt to force the Department for Transport to take action over the failing train service. ...
Volvo to seek volunteers for self-driving car trial in UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 07:22:32 AM
....Volvo is also using databases of car crashes going back decades to run a variety of simulations to make the cars safer. It will then start recruiting up to 100 commuters for the London trial to try out its semi-autonomous vehicles from the summer of 2018. ...
Southern commuters launch legal claim to force government's hand image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:04:51 PM
. Southern rail commuters have launched a legal claim in an attempt to force the government to take action over the failing train service. ...
Accessibility and ownership of the UK’s railways | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 06:52:00 PM
.... Rachel MartinOxted, Surrey. • You are quite right to highlight the plight of commuters in the East Sussex town of Seaford. ...
UK rental property demand falls to two-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 03:41:12 PM
....3% over the year, but fell 2. 3% in the last quarter as the falls in London spread out to the commuter belt. ...
London train derailment to disrupt Southeastern commuters for days image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of January 2017 06:24:10 PM
. Disruption on a busy commuter line will last for the rest of the week following a freight train derailment, Network Rail has said. ...
Poll confirms Southern’s status as UK's worst-performing rail firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 12:58:11 PM
....According to research from the independent watchdog Transport Focus, 66% of Southern’s passengers were satisfied with their last journey, compared with an overall figure of 81% nationwide, down 2% from the previous year. While the satisfaction score appears relatively high, compared with the results of previous polls by consumer and commuter groups, the survey – conducted at stations last autumn – asks passengers to consider only the last journey they took. ...
Seaford: the town cut off by the Southern rail dispute image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:55:17 PM
....Normally, even in winter, there would be a regular flow of Chinese tourists and day-trippers from London to walk the coastal path. Worse is the lack of trains for Seaford’s commuters, without whom, Tickner says, business is terrible. ...
UK's new towns surpass national average for house price growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 12:01:18 AM
....Telford, Corby, Warrington and Skelmersdale were the new towns with the next strongest percentage increases in house price growth between 1986 and 2016. Many of the new towns with the strongest house price growth over the past 10 years are in the London commuter belt, with prices in Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead seeing particularly strong gains since 1986, the report said. ...
Jobs lost and broken relationships: legacy of the Southern rail crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 21st of January 2017 09:09:30 PM
.... Organiser Emily Yates said passengers’ rights were being ignored as the government and the unions fought an ideological battle. Driver-only trains and the industrial action that began in April are just part of the chaos that has blighted the south-east’s commuter towns since a huge contract was awarded in 2014 to GTR, absorbing four rail networks handling 273 million passenger journeys a year. ...
ScotRail boss resigns after pressure over firm's performance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of January 2017 02:47:38 PM
....His decision to quit to take up another rail industry job has plunged the Scottish government into an unexpected crisis, raising further questions about the future of the transport minister, Humza Yousaf. The announcement came after serious doubts emerged about a headline-grabbing plan Yousaf devised to compensate regular commuters with a £3m rebate on their season tickets as an apology for months of cancellations, delays and service cuts. ...
House prices in the South East FALL amid Southern Rail chaos image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 04:51:00 PM
....7 per cent to stand at £307,000 on average. Experts said price falls in the South East were thanks to months of misery suffered by Southern Rail commuters. ...
Southern rail: could more commuters claim a credit card refund? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 01:20:06 PM
. Season ticket holders on strike-hit train lines could be in line for thousands of pounds in compensation after one commuter successfully claimed £2,400 back from his credit card company. ...
Southern rail strikes suspended as two sides agree to TUC talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 11:43:37 AM
....Talks have broken down before, but the series of announcements and a new venue may indicate a new willingness to find an agreement. A deal would be welcome news for commuters and businesses hit by Southern’s breakdown in service, but even without strikes passengers have experienced enormous disruption. ...
Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of January 2017 10:09:36 AM
....But two-wheeled travel began to go out of fashion as China became more open to the world, ushering in decades of economic growth and a high demand for cars. In 1980, almost 63% of commuters cycled to work, the Beijing Morning Post reported in 2015, citing government data. ...
Virgin season ticket means I can reserve a seat, so why am I forced to stand? image
.... When we checked with passenger group Transport Focus to find out what practice is across all rail operators, we (and it!) were surprised by the differing policies. The vast majority (with the exception of East Midlands) accept season ticket reservations, although you cannot reserve places on many busy suburban commuter journeys. ...
Norway’s $885bn-nil advantage in Britain’s sea of social troubles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 12:51:15 PM
.... The economy is growing at a fair old lick, but mainly because consumers are out on a debt-fuelled spending spree. Britain has the lowest investment rate in the G7, a frighteningly large balance of payments deficit, and – as any long-suffering commuter shivering on a station this winter will testify – public infrastructure that doesn’t pass muster. ...
What if Uber kills off public transport rather than cars? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 05:00:08 AM
....In Washington DC a vicious cycle of declining ridership and service on the city’s Metro culminated in last spring’s “Metropocalypse” – a system-wide shutdown followed by a year’s worth of emergency repairs requiring the closure of entire lines for weeks at a time. Stranded commuters abandoned transit in droves while Uber, Lyft and other services pounced, offering shared rides priced below the cost of a Metro ticket. ...
Transport trouble ahead as air, rail and tube strikes loom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 12th of January 2017 07:08:52 PM
....Virtually all of Southern’s 2,242 daily services will be cancelled again on Friday, as drivers in Aslef strike for the third day this week in the long-running dispute over the roles and responsibilities of onboard crew. Although Southern’s conductors have now accepted new contracts redesignating them as onboard supervisors, the move by the RMT to strike underlines that the dispute, and commuter misery, is unlikely to end soon. ...

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