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Labour announces plan for under 25s to have free bus travel

Councils opting for publicly owned bus services to get funds partly arising from road taxUnder 25s would have free bus travel under a Labour government, the party said, proposing a scheme that would be paid for by ring-fenced cash arising from road tax.The party said local authorities who moved to introduce public ownership of bus services or franchising would be given the funds to provide free travel. The scheme would incentivise councils to create municipally owned bus companies.

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  • British Airways to offer new basic fare on some long-haul routesPassengers paying cheaper rate will have to pay up to ¬£80 to check baggage and ¬£20 to select seatBritish Airways passengers will now have to pay to check luggage on some long-haul routes. A new ‚Äúbasic‚ÄĚ fare has been introduced for passengers who have only hand baggage, with tickets costing up to ¬£60 less than the standard return fare, the airline said.Basic fare tickets went on sale on Wednesday for flights from London to Austin, Boston, Delhi, Denver, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oakland, Philadelphia, Punta Cana and Singapore. The cheapest fare ‚Äď to Dubai ‚Äď will cost ¬£143 each way. Continue reading...
  • Labour announces plan for under 25s to have free bus travelCouncils opting for publicly owned bus services to get funds partly arising from road taxUnder 25s would have free bus travel under a Labour government, the party said, proposing a scheme that would be paid for by ring-fenced cash arising from road tax.The party said local authorities who moved to introduce public ownership of bus services or franchising would be given the funds to provide free travel. The scheme would incentivise councils to create municipally owned bus companies.

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  • NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment Network Rail has taken over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations in order to support the major upgrades planned for both structures as part of its wide-reaching Railway Upgrade Plan. Guildford station has had a £150m redevelopment approved by the planning inspectorate, and Network Rail...
  • Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 secondsThe Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a near-miss at Primrose Hill which left several people “very distressed.” The incident occurred last month between South Hampstead station and Primrose Hill tunnels on one of lines into London Euston...
  • Siemens appoints new UK rolling stock bossSiemens has announced the appointment of Will Wilson as its new managing director for its rolling stock business. The appointment, which comes into effect on 1 May, will see Wilson replace the current managing director, Vernon Barker, who will leave the company at the end of the month. Wilson...
  • GWR warns 1,000 customer accounts may have been breachedAround 1,000 Great Western Railway (GWR) customer accounts have been compromised and a warning email sent out to customers. GWR has today sent an email to all its online account holders, warning them to reset their password as a precaution, although it has offered reassurance that it believes...

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  • District Line strike ėunnecessaryô says TfL A planned 24-hour strike on London Underground on Friday will reduce the frequency of trains on the District Line, Transport for London has warned. The walkout affects ASLEF drivers, and has been called as the result of London Undergroundôs alleged ėfailure to follow agreed policies and proceduresô when a recently qualified driver was apparently involved in at least one SPAD.

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