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....The firm’s application for a new licence in London was rejected by Transport for London on the basis that the company is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator. Uber’s cars will not disappear immediately as its current licence expires on 30 September and it plans to challenge the ruling by London’s transport authority in the courts immediately. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 22nd of September 2017 10:21:06 AM
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....This alone is not enough to clip the wings of Europe’s largest airline, a continent-straddling behemoth set to carry 131 million passengers this year. “Even if those [affected] passengers don’t come back, it won’t knock them,” says John Strickland, director of independent transport consultancy JLS Consulting. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....But the scrapping of 2,000 flights across Europe, 702 of these to and from Italy, between now and the end of October, has raised questions as to whether Ryanair would be capable of reviving Alitalia. With the sale of the airline likely to become a political sticking point as Italy prepares for a general election before May 2018, the transport minister, Graziano Delrio, said the impact of the cancellations was “very serious”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector and emerged in a poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts, whose chief executive, Matthew Taylor, has been advising Downing Street on the future of modern work. Jobs in finance and accounting, transport and distribution and in media, marketing and advertising are most likely to be automated in the next decade, the research says. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. More than 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber of its licence in the capital, which the company’s chief executive suggested could delay the rollout of electric vehicles and wheelchair-accessible transport. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:05:29 PM
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....“I’ve supported Sadiq Khan fully since the beginning but he has totally misjudged the mood, and needs, of Londoners on this one,” explained one Guardian website user, Rhianne from south-east London. “Combined with overpriced, unreliable, non air-conditioned, chronically overcrowded public transport and London fast becoming a gated community, this feels like another kick in the teeth for normal people. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The Green Finance Taskforce will have six months to come up with proposals on how to increase investment in the low-carbon economy and will work with banks and other financial institutions. Chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, former lord mayor of London, the taskforce will look at measures to make the UK’s planned investments in infrastructure, for instance on energy and transport, more environmentally sustainable. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 18th of September 2017 05:28:07 PM
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....”. EU rules state: “You have the right to be rerouted to your final destination shown on your ticket at the earliest opportunity under comparable transport conditions or rebooking at a later date if that is more convenient for you. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 18th of September 2017 12:35:49 PM
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....The dual efforts will come against the backdrop of the company being branded a “disgrace” by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, while the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said Transport for London (TfL) had raised “serious concerns” about safety but suggested Uber would have an opportunity to “mend its ways”. TfL, the London mayor’s transport authority, announced on Friday that Uber had been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that dealt a serious blow to one of Silicon Valley’s fastest rising companies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The London ban has greater potential for long-term damage. Regulators in other countries have generally opposed Uber because the transportation service it enables violates local (typically taxi licensing) laws. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The agency, which was created in the wake of the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy, works with HMRC’s minimum wage enforcement team and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate as well as police. It has powers to ensure that licence-holding gangmasters operate legally in terms of wages, tax and holiday pay as well as providing good-quality transport, accommodation and safety equipment. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....However, the US recovery is built on the same flimsy foundations as the UK’s. There are millions of low-paid jobs in the leisure and hospitality industries, the transport industry delivering Amazon parcels and in wholesalers’ distribution warehouses. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....5 million Londoners using the app, many finding Uber more convenient and cheaper than traditional black cabs. As with Ryanair, passengers have flocked to a cheaper transport alternative without worrying unduly about the employment practices: a petition (started by Uber) calling on Khan to reverse the decision quickly reached 200,000 signatures on Friday. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Khosrowshahi appears to suggest Uber is adopting a more emollient tone than under predecessor, Travis Kalanick. However, earlier on Monday, another Uber executive told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the company did not understand the concerns of London’s transport regulator. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Uber 'not clear' about TfL's concerns but vows to keep operating image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of September 2017 09:56:26 AM
....Khosrowshahi appears to suggest Uber is adopting a more emollient tone than under predecessor, Travis Kalanick. However, earlier on Monday, another Uber executive told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the company did not understand the concerns of London’s transport regulator. ...
Uber faces double battle against London ban and scrutiny of hiring practices image
....The dual efforts will come against the backdrop of the company being branded a “disgrace” by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, while the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said Transport for London (TfL) had raised “serious concerns” about safety but suggested Uber would have an opportunity to “mend its ways”. TfL, the London mayor’s transport authority, announced on Friday that Uber had been stripped of its London licence in a surprise move that dealt a serious blow to one of Silicon Valley’s fastest rising companies. ...
Caseload almost doubles at UK antislavery body as remit widens image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of September 2017 03:35:47 PM
....The agency, which was created in the wake of the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy, works with HMRC’s minimum wage enforcement team and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate as well as police. It has powers to ensure that licence-holding gangmasters operate legally in terms of wages, tax and holiday pay as well as providing good-quality transport, accommodation and safety equipment. ...
The Fed’s change of direction will only fuel America’s growing debt problem image
....However, the US recovery is built on the same flimsy foundations as the UK’s. There are millions of low-paid jobs in the leisure and hospitality industries, the transport industry delivering Amazon parcels and in wholesalers’ distribution warehouses. ...
More than 600,000 Londoners sign petition to save Uber image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:05:29 PM
. More than 600,000 people have signed a petition calling for Transport for London to reverse its decision to strip Uber of its licence in the capital, which the company’s chief executive suggested could delay the rollout of electric vehicles and wheelchair-accessible transport. ...
London’s Uber ban is a message to a reckless tech ethos | Arun Sundararajan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:05:29 PM
....The London ban has greater potential for long-term damage. Regulators in other countries have generally opposed Uber because the transportation service it enables violates local (typically taxi licensing) laws. ...
Why Uber’s fate could herald backlash against ‘digital disruptors’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 11:05:29 PM
....“I’ve supported Sadiq Khan fully since the beginning but he has totally misjudged the mood, and needs, of Londoners on this one,” explained one Guardian website user, Rhianne from south-east London. “Combined with overpriced, unreliable, non air-conditioned, chronically overcrowded public transport and London fast becoming a gated community, this feels like another kick in the teeth for normal people. ...
Cancellations and staffing crises – is Ryanair losing height at last? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:00:19 PM
....This alone is not enough to clip the wings of Europe’s largest airline, a continent-straddling behemoth set to carry 131 million passengers this year. “Even if those [affected] passengers don’t come back, it won’t knock them,” says John Strickland, director of independent transport consultancy JLS Consulting. ...
Transport chaos looms as rail unions widen strikes over driver-only trains image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of September 2017 03:00:19 PM
....Privately, the rail workers’ union, the RMT, and drivers’ union Aslef believe they can win improved pay and conditions for their members and ensure the safety of the travelling public as rail firms attempt to introduce trains without guards. This could all be in place by now, they argue, if the government – and in particular, transport secretary Chris Grayling – had given rail firms a free hand to negotiate. ...
Uber's rivals ready to fill the gap but cab giant puts up a fight image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 05:10:10 PM
....5 million Londoners using the app, many finding Uber more convenient and cheaper than traditional black cabs. As with Ryanair, passengers have flocked to a cheaper transport alternative without worrying unduly about the employment practices: a petition (started by Uber) calling on Khan to reverse the decision quickly reached 200,000 signatures on Friday. ...
Uber stripped of London licence due to lack of corporate responsibility image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 10:21:06 AM
....The firm’s application for a new licence in London was rejected by Transport for London on the basis that the company is not a “fit and proper” private car hire operator. Uber’s cars will not disappear immediately as its current licence expires on 30 September and it plans to challenge the ruling by London’s transport authority in the courts immediately. ...
Ryanair cancellations raise worries in Italy over Alitalia takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of September 2017 11:57:42 AM
....But the scrapping of 2,000 flights across Europe, 702 of these to and from Italy, between now and the end of October, has raised questions as to whether Ryanair would be capable of reviving Alitalia. With the sale of the airline likely to become a political sticking point as Italy prepares for a general election before May 2018, the transport minister, Graziano Delrio, said the impact of the cancellations was “very serious”. ...
Robots 'could take 4m UK private sector jobs within 10 years' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 10:34:36 AM
....The potential impact amounts to 15% of the current workforce in the sector and emerged in a poll conducted by YouGov for the Royal Society of Arts, whose chief executive, Matthew Taylor, has been advising Downing Street on the future of modern work. Jobs in finance and accounting, transport and distribution and in media, marketing and advertising are most likely to be automated in the next decade, the research says. ...
Ministers launch group to help boost green business investment image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 05:28:07 PM
....The Green Finance Taskforce will have six months to come up with proposals on how to increase investment in the low-carbon economy and will work with banks and other financial institutions. Chaired by Sir Roger Gifford, former lord mayor of London, the taskforce will look at measures to make the UK’s planned investments in infrastructure, for instance on energy and transport, more environmentally sustainable. ...
Why is Ryanair cancelling flights and what can you do? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 12:35:49 PM
....”. EU rules state: “You have the right to be rerouted to your final destination shown on your ticket at the earliest opportunity under comparable transport conditions or rebooking at a later date if that is more convenient for you. ...
Airbus launches internal corruption investigation after Guardian exposé image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of September 2017 04:42:22 AM
....The scheme hinges on an unexplained purchase of shares between two purportedly independent companies in 2007. Eolia, a Maltese company in the business of retrofitting passenger jets to transport cargo, bought 26% of Avinco Holdings, a Dutch company that sells sells secondhand aircraft and helicopters. ...
Ryanair tries to appease passengers with list of flights cancelled until Thursday image
.... Due to lack of info, the other 98% are terrified! Well done Micko, best PR ever!. Some customers said last-minute cancellations had left them out of pocket due to non-refundable accommodation costs or with no choice but to book expensive alternative flights or transport. ...
What will justify an interest rate rise in November? | Richard Partington image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 01:38:31 PM
.... That could help to spur wage growth elsewhere, giving consumers more money to stimulate the economy. And as Britain looks set to exit a decade of low interest rates, there could be a last-gasp opportunity for the government to use cheap borrowing to invest in infrastructure, transport and cities – boosting the economy. ...
The eurozone may be back on its feet. But is Greece? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 03:00:15 PM
....Tall, bearded and bespectacled, Pitsiorlas is the point man in Athens’s attempt to raise €60bn (£53bn) through privatisations – sales that, increasingly, have become the focus of international creditors keeping the debt-stricken country afloat. In what has been called the most ambitious sell-off in modern European history, assets ranging from public utilities and transport companies to marinas and hotels are up for grabs. ...
Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 11:39:29 AM
.... But analysts remain sceptical that battery technology, which takes up significantly more volume and is heavier than conventional fuels, is capable of matching diesel as a power source without reducing the truck’s maximum payload. Tesla’s electric big-rig truck could have a working range of only 200 to 300 miles, according to reports, which would make it more suitable for inner-city transport than long-distance motorway haulage. ...
Hang on to your cash. This dash to digitise payments is dangerous | Brett Scott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of September 2017 03:20:30 PM
.... We like new options, but we don’t like having options removed. Automobile evangelists in the early 1900s pitched cars as the transport of the future, superior to other forms, such as horse-drawn carriages. ...
Trauma as travellers face a gender issue going through security image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 08:55:25 AM
....”. Liang’s claims highlight potential difficulties across the international transport network, as bureaucracy and individual security staff attempt to keep pace with gender rights. ...
Should first-class train travel be abolished? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of September 2017 08:00:00 AM
....”. It was quite an effective guilt trip – coming only a few days after the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, had suggested first class ought to be abolished to create more space on certain commuter routes. ...
Top destinations for expats in 2017 REVEALED - you'll never guess which country took top  image
....Some traditionally popular expat destinations slipped in their rankings in 2017 as concerns regarding political stability, financial security and personal safety caused a shift in expatriate sentiment. The Expat Insider 2017 survey, an examination of the attitudes of some 13,000 expats, provides a clear insight into the top places to move to abroad by getting respondents to rank nations on indices like quality of life, leisure options, personal happiness, travel and transport, health and wellbeing and safety and security. ...
Southern rail owner says service has improved despite ongoing strikes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of September 2017 09:18:04 AM
. Go-Ahead claims customer service has improved at its troubled Southern rail franchise, but the transport group admits there is still more work to be done. ...
Need more space? UFO-shaped home goes up for sale in New Zealand image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of September 2017 03:36:13 AM
....”. Clearwater’s futuro was one of 12 built in Christchurch under licence and was displayed at the 1974 Commonwealth games before being transported to Warrington in 1975. ...
The rise of SnappCar, the business that lets you rent out your car image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 4th of September 2017 08:02:59 AM
....Fully autonomous cars will certainly shake things up. Van Tol thinks they will be like “micro public transportation” but while car rental models consolidate, owning a car will still be “a status symbol for some” – and sharing it might mean it’s free or making money. ...
China’s clout has few limits. Shouldn’t we be worried about its new Silk Road? | Tom Miller image
....The new Silk Road is broader in both geographical and economic scope than its ancient namesake, which was mainly land-based and all about trade and commerce. On land, it involves building new transport infrastructure and industrial corridors stretching across Central Asia to the Middle East and Europe. ...
Britain's aerospace sector could be priced out after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of September 2017 02:33:15 PM
....The enormous plant receives millions of components each year from other Airbus factories and suppliers around Europe. Once the wings are built, these complex, giant structures are delivered to final assembly lines in various ways, including by road and on the Airbus Beluga super transporter aircraft. ...
The great Saudi sell-off: why bankers and lawyers are flocking to the Gulf image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of September 2017 03:00:17 PM
....Saudi Arabia is lining up a privatisation of state assets that dwarfs the Thatcher “revolution” of the 1980s, and rivals the 1990s dissolution of Soviet assets in scale and significance. It has hung a “for sale” sign on virtually every sector of Saudi economic life: oil, electricity, water, transport, retail, schools and healthcare. ...
Let’s move to Arundel, West Sussex: land of turrets and tea rooms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 03:30:11 PM
....Gaye Barns “Bad things: traffic, tourists, no decent shops. Inadequate public transport – you must have a car to live here. ...
Dara Khosrowshahi's Uber in-tray: 20 issues new chief must address image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of August 2017 07:26:40 PM
.... Uber has struck deals with auto firms including Ford to research driverless technology but how much of its money should be spent on developing tech it could simply buy at a later date?. The capital’s transport body wants private hire cab drivers in the UK capital to take English tests, including a written essay segment. ...
Aldi tries to gag truck drivers' union after claims of unsafe practices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of August 2017 08:05:44 AM
....The Transport Workers Union accuses Aldi of using its wealth and size to bully drivers into unsafe practices including skipping rest breaks and truck maintenance in order to meet tight delivery times. The supermarket chain has brought a case in the federal court that seeks to stop the TWU from publishing material that suggests Aldi is putting the squeeze on transport companies and would ban the union from disrupting its operations. ...
Tattooed avocados and shampoo bars: the businesses curbing plastics waste image
....”. As well as reducing costs over time, Roose highlights the environmental benefits: “Yes you reduce packaging use, but you also reduce carbon emissions by being able to transport more packages at once. ...
British trains 'up to four times slower outside the south-east' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of August 2017 08:35:07 AM
....Steve Rotheram, the mayor of the Liverpool city region, claimed the figures highlighted the “investment deficit that is seriously undermining growth potential in the north”. He said: “You simply cannot deliver a ‘northern powerhouse’ as long as the regions that delivered the industrial revolution are reliant on transport infrastructure that is operating on a 19th-century timetable. ...
Jet and lorry fuels made from rubbish to receive UK funding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of August 2017 06:18:18 AM
.... A new £25m plant developed by Advanced Plasma Power in Swindon will take household and commercial waste to produce “green” gas. The transport minister, Jesse Norman, said: “We are committed to cutting carbon emissions and promoting new environmentally friendly fuels that will help us meet that goal. ...
The EU is not the enemy of the state. Time to think again on Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 27th of August 2017 06:00:02 AM
....But most enlightened Labour MPs and trade unionists are more aware than Corbyn seems to be that the EU is in fact very strong on workers’ rights. As for Corbyn’s apparent fear that the EU is the enemy of publicly owned corporations, he must surely be aware of the degree to which so many of our so-called “privatised” utilities and much of our transport network are already in the hands of continental state-owned concerns. ...
All aboard the north’s rail powerhouse image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of August 2017 02:59:39 PM
. The call to arms from northern leaders, led by Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, was clear: “The disparity between transport in the north of England and London must now be addressed. ...
‘My parked car was hit twice, but the insurers won’t pay’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of August 2017 06:00:28 AM
.... It has now said it will try to assist in retrieving the CCTV footage, and Green has filed a claim. “MIB provides compensation under the terms of agreements made between it and the secretary of state for transport [known as the uninsured and untraced drivers agreements],” says a spokeswoman. ...
UK 'can halve oil imports by banning new petrol and diesel cars in 2030' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 11:01:33 PM
....Ministers have signalled that the delayed plan will be published after parliament’s summer recess, and the aim is for it to be “as ambitious, robust and clear a blueprint as it can be”. In 2016, transport accounted for 40% of the UK’s total energy consumption, with road transport accounting for three-quarters of this, but other countries such as Norway and India are ahead of the UK in their ambitions to switch to electric vehicles, the new study said. ...
Semi-automated truck convoys get green light for UK trials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 11:01:33 PM
....The DfT said the technology could have major benefits, with vehicles in the slipstream using less fuel, lowering emissions and improving air quality. The transport minister Paul Maynard said: “We are investing in technology that will improve people’s lives. ...
Food and drink industry says EU staff exodus will damage economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of August 2017 11:01:03 PM
....Andrew Opie, director of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, which represents most major British retailers, said: “An abrupt reduction in the number of EU workers eligible to work in the UK after Brexit would result in significant disruption for the entire food supply chain, with consequences for the availability and price of UK goods for consumers. “EU workers are key to getting British food on our shelves; from producing food, through transport to colleagues in store they are vital in providing the service and quality British consumers demand. ...
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
. A day of moaning has been declared across the north of England, with public transport users encouraged to let rip about their terrible journeys. ...
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
.... The situation in rural areas isn’t much better. Public transport often isn’t available and workers are priced out by people moving in. ...
Better subsidies would make rail fares more affordable … just in time for Brexit image
.... Campaigners don’t disagree; they just want more of that here. Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, says: “Other countries think that having a good public transport network isn’t just for the users; it has wider benefits. ...
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
....”. Hypothecated taxes have rarely won the trust of the public or the approval of the Treasury – and increasing the duty on other forms of transport would light the fuses of the UK’s Fair Fuel campaigners and airline bosses. ...
Revealed: how British American Tobacco exploited war zones to sell cigarettes image
.... It was run by the subsidiary company BAT Leaf. Usually an outside security company took cash into the DRC to pay for the leaf, which was graded in Auzi but then transported through Uganda to Kenya for manufacturing. ...
Downward spiral: dismayed Walnut Whip lovers react to loss of nut image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 03:41:48 PM
....”. However, one importer revealed what is surely the true reason: the faltering value of sterling, rising transport costs, and poor crops in some walnut-growing regions have pushed up the price of walnuts in Britain by about 20%. ...
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. As anyone forced to endure the nightmarish vagaries of public transport can attest, whatever the cost of a seat (if you’re lucky enough to get a seat), commuting on trains that are often overcrowded and late rarely feels like value for money. ...
Walnut snip: Nestlé cuts nut out of chocolate after prices surge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 05:45:28 PM
....A combination of the falling value of the pound, strong global demand, particularly in Asia, and a poor crop last year in Chile, one of the world’s major producers, pushed up prices in Britain by about 20% earlier this year, according to Helen Graham, an importer. “There was a shortage of crop and then there is the additional factor of exchange rates and rising transport costs as well,” she said. ...
Rail users face steepest fare rise in five years as inflation hits 3.6% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 08:32:02 AM
....A Virgin Trains season ticket between Birmingham and London Euston will now cost £10,567, while season tickets on some routes have risen by more than 40% since 2010. Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, said the rises were “truly staggering”, adding: “The truth is that our fragmented, privatised railway drives up costs and leaves passengers paying more for less. ...
UK commuters brace for rail fares hike of 3.5% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 06:55:16 AM
....”. Mick Whelan, general secretary of train drivers’ union Aslef, said: “After years of austerity, when workers have not achieved pay increases for years at or around inflation, it is unfair that the industry they subsidise creates transport poverty and hurts the communities and industries that they should be supporting. ...
Young graduates reluctant to move for new jobs, says thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 11:01:08 PM
.... Alongside encouraging more mobility among the minority of in-work people – such as young people and graduates – for whom it is often more feasible to move, we should be improving thinking on how people can move into jobs they are qualified for without uprooting their family’s lives. That involves thinking not just about progression and employment, but housing and transport too. ...
10 years after the crash, alternatives are emerging | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 06:12:03 PM
.... The major economic task, if this trend is to be reversed, is to ramp up productivity. This will take time as well as new investment in skills, transport, and housing. ...
Tesla seeking to test driver-free electric trucks on public roads image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 10:55:23 AM
....In an email to the Nevada DMV, Tesla sought permission to “operate our prototype test trucks in a continuous manner across the state line and within the states of Nevada and California in a platooning and/or autonomous mode without having a person in the vehicle”, which would be one of the first tests not including a human driver in the vehicle if permitted. The correspondence and meetings with state officials show that Tesla moving forward in a highly competitive area of commercial transport also being pursued by Uber and Alphabet’s former Google car company, now called Waymo. ...
The rise of electric cars could leave us with a big battery waste problem image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:15:27 AM
.... However, it is early days for the commercial exploitation of this technology. Linda Gaines, transportation system analyst and electric vehicle battery expert at the Argonne National Laboratory in the US says: “The bottom line is there’s time to build plants”. ...
United Airlines facing new animal crisis after dog dies in cargo hold image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 01:06:53 AM
....”. Data from the US transportation department shows that United had nine of the 26 deaths of animals reported last year during air transport, more than any other airline. ...
UK defence contractor billed US more than $50m in expenses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 09:56:22 PM
....McCaskill’s disclosure of the audit’s key findings is a rare glimpse into the opaque world of battlefield contracting. Contractors are indispensable in Afghanistan, handling security, transportation, construction and more. ...
'Self-driving car' actually controlled by man dressed up as a car seat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 09:31:12 AM
....But one aspect of the rumour mill was correct: the guy really was associated with Virginia Tech. According to the university’s transportation institute, he was engaged in research about autonomous vehicles, likely gathering data about the reaction of normal drivers to sharing road space with a self-driving car. ...
REVEALED: The blossoming expat communities in countries you may NOT have considered image
....Taiwan Taiwan (originally named Ilha Formosa, which translates to ‘beautiful island’) does not make it into the top 15 in terms of the numbers of British expats that flood there every year, but it currently ranks #1 in the world for a number of expat destination rankings. Beyond this, Taiwan also ranks #1 in the InterNation quality of life index; an index based on variables like available leisure options, travel & transport, safety and security, personal happiness and health and well-being. ...
Trial to phase in hydrogen as fuel to begin in north-west image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 11:01:05 PM
....Jonathan Marshall, an energy analyst at the ECIU thinktank, said: “This [Cadent] project shows at last some progress towards decarbonising heat, which seems to be perennially avoided as an issue. We’ve seen progress on [emissions from] electricity and transport – heat is the final piece of the puzzle. ...
Let’s move to Herne Bay, Kent: classic caffs and crazy golf image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 03:30:47 PM
.... Secondaries: Herne Bay High is “good”. Hang out at… The pizzas at A Casa Mia transported Marina O’Loughlin to Naples, but my money’s on a knickerbocker from classic caff Makcari’s. ...
No more heavy loads: experts develop greener, lighter washing machine image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 01:19:34 PM
....Washing machines typically contain one or more large concrete blocks, which can weigh more than 25kg (4st), in order to prevent them from moving during spin cycles. But the production and transportation of concrete creates carbon emissions and makes washing machines very heavy to transport, increasing fuel costs. ...
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
.... Business cites Britain’s dreadful roads as one of the chief obstacles to productivity. British transport policy is making congestion worse. ...
Why is Google spending record sums on lobbying Washington? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 11:00:18 AM
....Much of Google’s lobbying may be directed toward its future business. That will be running artificial intelligence networks that control the transportation, medical, legal and educational businesses of the future. ...
Amtrak's $630m Trump budget cut could derail service in 220 US cities image
.... And Elon Musk is fantasising about 29-minute trips from New York to Washington. With wrangling over the transportation budget ongoing in Washington, campaigners received hopeful news this month when the House appropriations committee released a 2018 funding bill that included $1. ...
Brexit border chaos will cause huge delays and cost £1bn a year, says report image
.... Tory MPs are already sounding the alarm over potential gridlock at the border. The Oxera analysis paper, written by its head of transport Andrew Meaney and seen by the Observer, finds that the most likely outcome would be a scenario it describes as “slow trade: low regulation, high enforcement”. ...
Elon Musk hands over first Tesla Model 3 electric cars to buyers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 04:59:50 AM
.... Now loss-making Tesla is trying to move into a different league, building vehicles in high volume for customers able to pay only a few thousand dollars more than the average price of a conventional car or truck sold in the US. The Model 3 is part of Musk’s broader plan to build a clean energy and transportation company that offers electric semi trucks, rooftop solar energy systems and large-scale battery storage systems. ...
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. ...
Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 09:38:22 PM
....A briefing on parts of the plan, seen by the Guardian, repeats the heavy focus on the steps that can be taken to help councils improve air quality in specific areas where emissions have breached EU thresholds. Measures to be urgently brought in by local authorities that have repeatedly breached EU rules include retrofitting buses and other public transport, changing road layouts and altering features such as roundabouts and speed humps. ...
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). However, the transport watchdog pointed to some “fragile green shoots of recovery” as overall satisfaction ratings rose by three percentage points, with Southern and Southeastern recovering from their 2016 nadirs. ...
Shrinking sweets? 'You're not imagining it,' ONS tells shoppers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 11:30:41 AM
....”. With manufacturers facing higher costs for energy, ingredients, transport and packaging costs, he predicted more shrinkflation to come. ...
The UK ignores China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road plan at its peril | Colin Cram image
....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. ...
Second home owners are destroying rural economies | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 11:05:00 PM
.... Ian SeatonSwansea. The problems of rural transport are particularly frustrating for communities that still have stations, but where hardly any trains stop. ...
Full speed ahead for train builders as minister pulls plug on electrification image
....If it is bad news for communities whose railways will never reach the improved level of service promised, it also marks a moment where the dial is turning down of investment in the UK’s rail network. Escaping much scrutiny, the transport secretary, Chris Grayling, also last week issued 2017’s version of a document that in 2012 heralded what the Conservatives vaunted as the “biggest investment in rail since Victorian times”: a draft of Network Rail’s £38bn five-year plan and the basis for a 2015 manifesto listing a string of transport goodies for the regions – not least the Northern Powerhouse. ...
The government has got it wrong on pensions | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 05:14:02 PM
.... Pensions only generate income when they are realised, usually at the end of employment. Until then they cannot contribute to the family budget in order to pay for food, housing, transport and all the other expenses. ...

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