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Transport secretary Chris Grayling faces growing pressure for faster journeys and better connections.

Disabled passengers 'forced to wait hours to disembark at Heathrow'

Civil Aviation Authority describes airport's outsourced assistance services to more than a million travellers a year as poorDisabled passengers arriving at Heathrow airport are being forced to wait up to two hours for help in disembarking aircraft, the aviation regulator has said.The west London hub is one of four airports where the Civil Aviation Authority judged the service for wheelchair users and other disabled passengers to be poor . The others were Manchester, East Midlands and Exeter.

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  • Wales on rails: fine food and great views on the Holyhead to CardiffThe Gerald of Wales, which runs the length of the country, is a rarity: a train with an onboard chef serving three-course meals and proper morning fry-upsI can smell Gerald long before I can see him. It's a misty summer morning and there’s an aroma of frying bacon wafting from the onboard kitchen of the train that's standing, almost bashfully, on the furthermost platform of Holyhead station, Anglesey.
  • Disabled passengers 'forced to wait hours to disembark at Heathrow'Civil Aviation Authority describes airport's outsourced assistance services to more than a million travellers a year as poorDisabled passengers arriving at Heathrow airport are being forced to wait up to two hours for help in disembarking aircraft, the aviation regulator has said.The west London hub is one of four airports where the Civil Aviation Authority judged the service for wheelchair users and other disabled passengers to be poor . The others were Manchester, East Midlands and Exeter.
  • The barging jogger is just one example of the hell of urban pavementsBring back pedestrian etiquette it's sheer selfishness that has turned our streets into obstacle courses I've just been having a stare at the CCTV footage of that jogger on a London bridge who pushed a woman into the path of an oncoming bus in May. I can't think why he did it. He had plenty of room to pass. Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised. Most joggers do seem mad keen to jog in a straight line and not stop for anyone or anything. He was just an extreme version. And most joggers tend to look rather miserable and tormented ...

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  • Anglia fare-dodgers pay more than £100,000 in a month Greater Anglia has revealed that almost 500 people have been prosecuted after a summer crackdown on fraudulent travel in London and Essex, and that the fines they paid totalled more than £72,000. By the time court costs had been added, the penalties exceeded £100,000.
  • RMT voices new staffing concerns The RMT says it is demanding ˜urgent talks™ over staffing with Abellio and its partners after they were named as preferred bidders for the next West Midlands franchise by the Department for Transport. The joint venture, led by Abellio, is set to take over from Govia™s London Midland in December. The union is also calling for clarification over on-train staffing on the new South Western franchise, which starts in ten days from now, and urging transport secretary Chris Grayling to intervene in the deadlocked dispute on Southern.
  • Abellio wins West Midlands franchise A joint venture led by Abellio has won the West Midlands franchise, ending a decade of control by Govia. The routes between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool are set to receive an investment of almost £1 billion, said the Department for Transport. The fleet will be boosted by 400 new vehicles, which are to be in service by 2021, while the new contract includes compensation for delays of more than 15 minutes. The franchise also marks a step towards more devolution, because services on routes within the West Midlands region will be jointly managed by the Department for Transport and West ...
  • Trenitalia backs out of South Eastern contest Italian train operator Trenitalia has announced that it is withdrawing from the competition to win the next South Eastern franchise. The UK division of Trenitalia bought the c2c franchise from National Express earlier this year and has also been shortlisted for West Coast Partnership and East Midlands Trains. Trenitalia said its decision to withdraw from the South Eastern competition had been taken 'regretfully', but it had identified a ˜significant overlap™ between the competitions for South Eastern and West Coast.

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