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Transport secretary's backing for Crossrail 2 sparks anger outside London

Chris Grayling’s support for rail line prompts claims government has abandoned ambitions to rebalance economyThe transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has declared his support for Crossrail 2, alleviating fears in London that the project could be shelved but sparking anger outside the capital after he announced last week that rail electrification schemes would be cut elsewhere.

Pilots welcome Government crackdown on drones after spike in near misses at Heathrow

Pilots have welcomed a Government crackdown on rules for flying drones amid a spike in potentially catastrophic near misses with passenger planes at Heathrow airport.

Government credibility will be shattered if it breaks its promises on northern transport links

“We have no intention of suddenly throwing away all the commitments we have made. There will be a new flavour to the manifesto when it comes, of course there will be, but the reality is that we’ve made promises and we endeavour to keep our promises.”

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

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  • UK’s rail network suffering from lack of joined-up thinking [Letters]Readers respond to news of scrapped rail electrification plans and the folly of HS2
  • VW calls crisis meeting to discuss EU cartel inquiry, source saysGerman auto industry accused of collusion after claims VW, Audi, Porsche, Mercedes and BMW discussed pricing at meetingsThe whiff of scandal around the German car manufacturing industry may be set to intensify, as Volkswagen prepares to hold a top-level meeting to discuss allegations that carmakers colluded to bring down the cost of components – including some used to control diesel emissions.Volkswagen confirmed it is to hold a special supervisory board meeting on Wednesday but declined to give further details. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the meeting would address claims it...
  • Transport secretary's backing for Crossrail 2 sparks anger outside LondonChris Grayling’s support for rail line prompts claims government has abandoned ambitions to rebalance economyThe transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has declared his support for Crossrail 2, alleviating fears in London that the project could be shelved but sparking anger outside the capital after he announced last week that rail electrification schemes would be cut elsewhere.
  • EasyJet to hire more than 1,000 cabin crew staffBudget airline announces largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history, taking total to 8,100EasyJet has announced the largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history, with plans to hire more than 1,000 staff. More than 1,200 men and women will be given permanent and fixed-term positions at the budget airline. This will increase its total number of cabin crew to 8,100.Earlier this year, the Luton-based carrier revealed that it was recruiting more than 450 pilots and providing opportunities for its first officers to be promoted to captaincy roles. Continue reading...

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  • RSG partners with RDG to give supply chain clearer and more independent voiceA new partnership between the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today been announced with the aim of co-ordinating shared objectives and giving the supply chain a stronger voice. The move will strengthen relationships between the two organisations and will look to...
  • Devolved rail bodies boast better performance and satisfactionDevolved rail networks have driven improvements in performance, reliability and passenger satisfaction since transport powers were handed to local regions from Whitehall, it has been claimed. Based on these findings, a new report released by the Urban Transport Group, called Rail Devolution...
  • Five more Class 319 bi-modes expected in Wales next yearThe Welsh government has this week announced that it will add five extra four-carriage trains to boost rolling stock provision and capacity in the country. The Class 319 flex bi-mode trains have been funded with £1.9m investment from the Welsh government, supported by £1m of extra...

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  • Ryanair reports 55% net profit jump in 1QIreland-based low-cost carrier (LCC) Ryanair reported a 55% jump in net profit for the first quarter of its 2018 financial year, with the post-tax figure rising to €397 million ($453 million), compared to €256 million a year ago. read more
  • US removes all PED restrictions on all US-bound flightsAll personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for flights to the US have been lifted by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which said airlines and airports around the world are complying with new security requirements for all US-bound flights. read more
  • EasyJet to recruit more than 1,200 new cabin crew UK low-cost carrier (LCC) easyJet will recruit more than 1,200 new permanent- and fixed-term cabin crew positions—the largest cabin crew intake in its 21-year history—as the LCC continues to grow. read more
  • FAA fines Frontier, American & Delta for consumer protection violationsThe US Department of Transportation (DOT) fined American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Frontier Airlines July 21 for violations of DOT consumer protection rules that occurred between 2014 and 2015. read more

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  • An illuminated halo for your bicycleWhile the evening are still long, you can afford to be a bit more creative with your bike lights. And in any case, your bicycle does such a good job of keeping you fit, reducing congestion and safeguarding the environment that it deserves its very own halo. The VeloHalo uses loops of LED lights to transform your wheels into ethereal… The post An illuminated halo for your bicycle appeared first on ETA.

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