Christmas travel: move fast to snap up cheap tickets

Christmas travel: move fast to snap up cheap tickets

If you have festive plans, act now, before all the best train fares and flights are snapped up

This year, Saturday 22 December looks set to be the big travel weekend ahead of a Tuesday Christmas day – and if you’ve got any sense you won’t leave your travel arrangements to the last minute because if you do, you’ll face train fares that would make even Santa think twice.

The train operators are supposed to offer the cheapest advance fares 12 weeks before departure but this requirement has currently been reduced to six weeks. It means that while some of the very cheapest advance train fares have already been snapped up, others are yet to go on sale because of delays in finalising the timetable.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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The Highway Code review is good news for cyclists but should just be the start

The Highway Code review is good news for cyclists but should just be the start

Close passing and dooring are serious concerns but there is more to be done to make our streets safer and cleaner, from funding boosts to road planning

The announcement of a Highway Code review for walking and cycling is a forward step for active travel and road safety. It may not be the millions of pounds of investment needed, but it’s a start.

The Department for Transport (DfT) review will cover issues such as how to safely overtake cyclists, guidance on preventing car-dooring of cyclists, and giving pedestrians and cyclists the right of way at side roads.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Plans for 'emerald necklace' cycleway along HS2 route published

Plans for 'emerald necklace' cycleway along HS2 route published

Feasibility study completed in 2016 but neither Department for Transport nor HS2 Ltd have plans to fund cycleway

Ambitious proposals to build a national cycleway up the spine of England, creating “an emerald necklace of linear parks and paths” along the HS2 railway, have been published by the government.

Approximately 7 million people would live within a 10-minute bike ride of the national cycleway within the HS2 corridor – with an extra 2 million, were the cycle route to extend across the Pennines, where the government wants to build a new line known as Northern Powerhouse Rail.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Gatwick plans using emergency runway to increase flight capacity

Gatwick plans using emergency runway to increase flight capacity

London’s second airport hopes to rival Heathrow with 70m passengers a year by 2032

Gatwick is proposing to spend £500m to widen its emergency runway and bring it into daily use as a second runway, as part of a plan to bring more than 100,000 additional flights a year to the airport by 2032.

The core proposal in an ambitious 15-year masterplan published on Thursday shows that Gatwick, the UK’s second-biggest airport, in south-east England, hopes to serve up to 70 million passengers a year with two runways – almost as many passengers as Heathrow today.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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London Paddington station's train services return to near-normal

London Paddington station's train services return to near-normal

Heathrow Express still running at half capacity after overhead cable damage causes disruption

Railway services in and out of London’s Paddington station have returned to “near-normal” but the Heathrow Express is running at half capacity after damage to overhead electric cables caused severe disruption on Wednesday.

Network Rail said engineers worked overnight to make safe all four lines between Reading and Paddington. New overhead lines were installed but only one of the four lines to the station had electric power by Thursday morning.

‍♀️ Incredible effort throughout last night to repair such a huge stretch of damage to the overhead electric power lines between Reading and London Paddington.

This clip shows the team hard at work to ensure a virtually full service is in operation today. pic.twitter.com/roiYVrzkOd

Good Morning, ^HV here to assist with your journey today. Services will depart every 30 minutes.

London Paddington to Heathrow Airport – Services depart at 25 & 55 minutes past the hour

Heathrow Terminal 5 to London Paddington – Services depart at 12 & 42 minutes past the hour

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Highway Code to promote 'Dutch reach' to protect cyclists

Highway Code to promote 'Dutch reach' to protect cyclists

Government announces review of code in attempt to reduce road casualties

Measures to protect cyclists are to be introduced in the Highway Code, including a new recommendation on how to get out of a vehicle without “dooring” a passing rider.

The government announced a review of the code to help reduce road casualties and promote walking and cycling.

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Flybe profits warning wipes 40% off regional airline's value

Flybe profits warning wipes 40% off regional airline's value

Forecast of ‘softening’ revenues over next six months blamed on falling demand

Flybe’s shares have taken another nosedive after the regional airline issued a profits warning.

About 40% was wiped off the company’s value in trading on Wednesday after Flybe forecast “softening” revenues over the next six months due to falling consumer demand. The closing share price was just 19p.

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Paddington station suffers major disruption after overhead wires damaged

Paddington station suffers major disruption after overhead wires damaged

Problems expected throughout the day with Tfl, Great Western Rail and Heathrow Express services affected

Passengers using Paddington station face major disruption on Wednesday after overhead wires were damaged, causing a loss of power to train services.

The fault affects Tfl, Great Western Rail and Heathrow Express services. It was reported overnight and is set to continue until at least midday.

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Miserable news on the buses | Letters

Miserable news on the buses | Letters
Michael Green laments UK transport developments, Ronald Walton says buses provide a lifeline for older people, Patrick Carroll makes a funding offer, and Liz Bebington says London buses are better than the rest

Two articles highlight our country’s increasingly benighted and impoverished thinking. First, we learn that bus journeys are 10% down since 2008, coinciding with a 55% increase in average fares and the virtual halving of public funding (Bus services ‘in crisis’ as number of journeys falls, 15 October).

Compare this miserable news with another report (How free buses are revolutionising one French city, 15 October), telling how Dunkirk has become the largest city in Europe to offer free public transport, joining 56 other European transport networks and 98 worldwide, in what is a rapidly expanding movement.

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Three killed after caravan-towing car driven wrong way on M40

Three killed after caravan-towing car driven wrong way on M40

Thames Valley police investigate after Subaru Forester crashes on Monday afternoon

Three people were killed when a car towing a caravan crashed as it was being driven in the wrong direction on a busy motorway.

Thames Valley police received reports of the Subaru Forester SUV being driven south on the northbound carriageway of the M40 shortly before 4pm on Monday.

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