The number of passengers using BAA's Heathrow airport reached a record last year while losses for the company narrowed, the airport operator says.
The Department for Transport (DfT) accepted a budget cut of £683 million last year then underspent by more than £1 billion, a report by MPs has said.
Airports boss Colin Matthews has urged the Coalition to put a third runway at Heathrow back on the negotiating table as the Government prepares to investigate how to solve Britain's worsening airports "capacity crunch".
City leaders are to demand that the Scottish Government thinks again about a grant cut that has forced Lothian Buses to increase fares and cut services.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
- Rare bridge demolition approvedThe demolition of a rare Grade II-listed wooden viaduct and replace it with a new road and rail crossing is approved.
- Call for station taxi ban delayA call for a delay to a permanent ban on taxis and cars inside Edinburgh Waverley Station is not accepted by the station's owner.
- Heathrow passengers reach recordThe number of passengers using BAA's Heathrow airport reached a record last year while losses for the company narrowed, the airport operator says.
- Air Asia hit by high fuel costsMalaysian budget airline Air Asia reports a 56% fall in fourth-quarter profit, hurt by higher fuel costs.
- Peugeot boosted by alliance talksPeugeot shares jump 12% after the carmaker confirms it is in talks about possible
- Sir Stelios plans west African ventureFeasibility study expected to recommend that Fastjet, which could eventually become the region™s version of EasyJet, link six countries to Accra
- BAA urges rethink over Heathrow runwayImproved underlying performance, including record numbers of passengers at Heathrow, helps UK™s leading airports operator to narrow losses
- BAA makes a loss as debt payments mount Rising interest payments on BAA's debts turned the operating profit of £572m into a pre-tax loss of £256m - a £60m improvement on its 2010 losses
- No room at 'full-up' Heathrow airport The boss of Heathrow yesterday said Chinese and South American airlines were being turned away from routes into London because the world's busiest airport was full to capacity.
- MPs query £1bn transport underspendThe Department for Transport (DfT) accepted a budget cut of £683 million last year then underspent by more than £1 billion, a report by MPs has said.
- BAA calls for Heathrow third runway to be reconsideredAirports boss Colin Matthews has urged the Coalition to put a third runway at Heathrow back on the negotiating table as the Government prepares to investigate how to solve Britain's worsening airports "capacity crunch".
- Britain's oldest speeding offendersFour motorists aged 100 and above have penalty points on their driving licence for speeding according to official figures.
- London 2012 terror drill at the disused Aldwych tube stationIn pics: London 2012 terror drill at the disused Aldwych tube station.
- Labour ready to back 80mph motorway limitLabour is ready to back moves to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph.
- BAA in a space raceLOSSES are narrowing at BAA despite a space crunch that has forced the airport operator to turn away airlines wanting new routes.
- A fifth of flights from Heathrow were delayed last year… and that's an IMPROVEMENT More than one in five flights departing from Heathrow Airport were delayed last year, its owner BAA reported today.
- New EU rules will allow pilots to fly despite being awake for almost 24 hoursA survey by the pilots' association Balpa found that 43 per cent of pilots quizzed had nodded off at the controls.
- Flush with cash: British Airways saves £600,000 on fuel by descaling its toilet pipesThe brainwave is one of the more unusual ideas from an online suggestion box for BA staff to help reduce emissions and cut fuel bills
- Helium balloon tangled in power cables at Birmingham New Street Station causes rush hour chaos for rail commutersEVERYBODY’S heard of leaves on the line but commuters in Birmingham faced a headache this morning because of a helium balloon.
Edinburgh Evening News
- Bus grants plea to shelter passengers from fare risesCity leaders are to demand that the Scottish Government thinks again about a grant cut that has forced Lothian Buses to increase fares and cut services.
- Waverley™s vehicle ban proposals go off the railsPlans to ban all vehicles from Waverley Station are to be put off until Christmas.
- Huge delays after trains break down in Liverpool underground loopHUNDREDS of commuters are facing huge delays after two Merseyrail trains became stuck in the Liverpool underground loop.
- 100mph train hits bike on trackA SHEFFIELD-BOUND train travelling at about 100mph hit a bike thrown on to the tracks in a ‘mindless act of vandalism’.
- Old folk plead to save ˜lifeline™ busELDERLY people are urging Sheffield Council to have a change of heart and keep their ‘lifeline’ minibus service on the road.
The York Press
- £4.2m bid for better bus services in York TRANSPORT chiefs in York have rubber-stamped the city™s bid for Government money towards a £4.2 million scheme aimed at improving bus services.
- MPs blow horn over London transport cash ˜bias™MPs have expressed “real concerns” that transport spending continues to be skewed towards London and the South East at the expense of Yorkshire.
- Tram crossing to shut despite furyCAMPAIGNERS have lost a last ditch attempt to keep a tram crossing open.
- City's future must not be stifledPLYMOUTH is "a city on the move" and must not be stifled by lack of connectivity, business leaders were told yesterday, Keith Rossiter writes. They were urged to lobby the Government to make the case for a better train service.
Other Regional Press
- Airport™s ambitions for eco-friendly travelA NEW strategy to increase the number of passengers and staff travelling to Luton Airport by public transport has been announced.
- MSP to fight for city bus servicesBUS passengers face a double whammy of price hikes and a reduction in services, a Glasgow MSP has warned.
- 20m fly easyJet from GlasgowBudget airline easyJet has revealed it has flown 20million passengers out of Glasgow Airport over the last 16 years.
Campaign for Better Transport
- PM tells councils to shout for new roads22 February: We™ve mapped road threats as the PM quietly tells councils to shout loudly for their pet road schemes. read more
Global Rail News
- Square deal for King™s CrossPlans to create a paved square with trees in front of King™s Cross station have been given the go ahead. The design, by architects Stanton Williams, will also reveal the Victorian Grade I listed station faÃ§ade for the first time in 150 years. In place of the current 1970s concourse extension will be a 7,000 [...]
- Royal Salute for Rail BritanniaHRH Prince Charles braved torrential rain at Wakefield Kirkgate station to rename 70000 Britannia. The locomotive had just hauled the Royal Train on which the prince, a keen supporter of railways, had travelled. Greeting the many local children who had turned out to see him, Prince Charles made his way along the platform with Pete [...]
- Record run for St PancrasProving that high speed railways are good for business, HS1 Ltd, owner of St Pancras International, is reporting all time high retail sales and footfall in the three weeks before Christmas 2011. Sales rose 20 per cent in the run up to Christmas compared with the same period last year. Footfall was up by 18 per [...]
- Linlithgow Station™s 167 year old photoA new information panel has been installed at Linlithgow Station to record its claim to be the first station in the world to have been photographed. The photograph was taken in 1845 by David Octavius Hill. The panel also celebrates more recent additions to the station. These include a mural of the annual Marches procession, [...]
- Network Rail to sell plant subsidiaryNetwork Rail Infrastructure Limited has announced it intends to sell its subsidiary, Network Rail (NDS-Plant) Limited, only four months after setting it up. The NDS-Plant division was set up in November after Network Rail ‘rescued’ equipment supplier Hydrex from administration. Hydrex was the largest provider of road-rail vehicles to the industry and ‘vital for Network [...]
- Construction begins on Orlando™s SunRail projectConstruction of Orlando’s SunRail commuter rail project has officially begun after a ground breaking ceremony. Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad, Congressman John Mica, Congresswoman Corinne Brown and Federal Transit Administration Regional Administrator Dr. Yvette Taylor joined local funding partners and several hundred supporters at the future home of the SunRail station in Altamonte [...]
- New routes threat from ETS opponentsCountries may refuse to talk to European airlines on routes unless scheme is scrapped
- Heathrow breaks annual passenger recordAirport operated close to full capacity in 2011
Other News Sources
- Crossrail bans unsafe lorriesDangerous Heavy Goods Vehicles are to be banned from all Crossrail sites after the project implemented new requirements to improve cycle safety.
- Crossrail chairman defends project from station upgrade criticismCrossrail™s chairman has defended the project from criticism that promises were made for station upgrades that will not be delivered.
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