transport
Passengers Left on Planes at Heathrow as Staff Watched World Cup Games

Pity anyone trying to land or get off an aeroplane in the UK this evening, as during one previous World Cup match travellers were left on aeroplanes as border staff took time off to watch the England team scrape through on penalties against Colombia. Read More >>

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Hot Weather is Making Boris Bikes More Popular Than Ever

If you've been in London recently you'll know that it's damn hot, and it's been that way for a while. It's the kind of heat that makes it a bit of a nightmare to go on any public transport that doesn't have air conditioning - which is most of it. But rather than jumping on the Bakerloo Line or a Roastmaster to boil in your own juices, you could grab yourself one of the Santander Bikes. Assuming there are any left. Read More >>

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TfL Proposal Could Mean Stricter Congestion Charge Exemption Rules From Next April

Do you ever drive through London for reasons other than "it's your job"? Well what's wrong with you, why would you do that to yourself? Not only are London's roads horrendously busy, going into the centre means you have to contend with the congestion charge. Don't go claiming you're OK because you have an 18 year old Prius. Transport for London proposed tightening the congestion charge exemption criteria from next April, and it could mean your old hybrid might become ineligible. Read More >>

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We Now Know When the Next Stage of Crossrail Will Launch

Whether you call it Crossrail, the Elizabeth Line, or the Purple Line, we've been looking forward to London's newest train line for quite a long time. The first section, ferrying passengers between Liverpool Street and Shenfield opened last summer, while services between Paddington and Heathrow terminals two, three and four began in May. Now we know when the third stage will open up across the rest of Central London. Read More >>

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New Proposal Would See the Launch of a Budget Train Line to Rival the Eurostar

The Eurostar is great. You can get on a train in London, then travel under the sea to mainland Europe, either to France, Beligum, or the Netherlands, and in pretty quick time too. In fact the journey from London to Paris is only eight minutes longer than a Virgin train from Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. The problem is that it's pretty pricey, as I found out recently, even if you have regular tickets. So someone's proposed a budget version, and made the poor decision to liken the way it'll operate to budget airlines. Read More >>

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Learner Drivers Need Testing on Hole Spotting, Says the AA

Our roads are in such a state that the learner driver process needs adapting to take all the potholes into account, according to the AA, which thinks that spotting and panic-avoiding holes in the road ought to be added to the hazard perception part of the driving test, alongside the classic children/ice cream van Kobayashi Maru situation and the guidelines on how to best overtake the modern cycling warriors. Read More >>

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Northern Rail Passengers Will Get Compensation for the Trainwreck ‘Service’ They’ve Been Getting

It's no secret that the British train system is a garbage system filled with garbage trains, but the issues surrounding the Northern franchise have been taking things way beyond what people will actually put up with. The good news is that officials are about to sign off on a compensation package for the people worst affected by the chaos. No word on whether the service will get better, though. Read More >>

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Chinese Rail Giants Tipped to Win HS2 Operator Contract

The two Chinese entrants on the HS2 operator bids shortlist are likely to win, according to sources, not just because they're the best and have the deepest, state-backed pockets, but also due to the UK's rail franchises not exactly filling everyone with confidence. Read More >>

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Byton’s New K-Byte Concept Aims to Pack in More Tech Than You Can Shake a Stick At

Innovative startup company Byton has bounced back with a brand new car concept, unveiled at CES Asia in Shanghai. The K-Byte is another exercise in cool lines and quirky tech thinking, much like its SUV predecessor. Billed as a premium sedan, the model will form another part of what Byton claims will be the theme for its product naming strategy, with the SUV design now morphing into the M-Byte Concept. Read More >>

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How To Build A Brand New Airport – Without Heathrow’s Baggage

Last night, Parliament finally made a decision that had been put off for decades. It voted that, at long last, that Heathrow Airport would be getting a third runway. Read More >>

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HS2 Cost Rises by £2m to Buy Trees

The government is putting another couple of million into the cash pile that's to pay for HS2, with a plan to build what it calls a "Green Corridor" along parts of the line seeing the planting of millions of trees. Read More >>

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Don’t Expect Those Electric Scooter Sharing Services to Come to the UK

Over in the US the latest hip trend is to launch a scooter-sharing service, like the bike sharing services but with the option of leaving an electric scooter at the bottom of a canal. Those companies are planning on expanding, but you shouldn't expect them to be coming to the UK anytime soon. Read More >>

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National Rail is Celebrating the Longest Day by Livestreaming the Longest Train Journey

In case you haven't noticed, today is the Summer solstice. It's the longest day of the year, and after today the nights will draw in and the weather will slowly get colder and colder. Not that it's particularly warm at the moment. But I digress. To commemorate the day, National Rail has decided to stream the longest train journey in the UK - in case you like watching a trains-eye view of the British countryside. Read More >>

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Here are the New Trains Hitting the London Overground This November

The other day we got some details about some new trains that are heading to the London Underground's Piccadilly line in 2023, but today we have a glimpse at something coming a little bit sooner. Newly upgraded Overground trains that'll enter service this November. Read More >>

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Officials Called Northern Rail Routes ‘Valueless’, According to Leaked Emails

It's safe to say that the Northern railway system is an absolute shambles at the moment. Northern introduced a new timetabling system that's resulted in chaos across is routes, to the point where old diesel trains have been brought back in to make sure people can actually get to where they need to go. If it wasn't such a shitshow I'd be impressed. I imagine it's quite difficult to take Northern's shite service and make it even worse. Read More >>