Tens of thousands of pupils in rural areas 'denied free school transport'

Tens of thousands of pupils in rural areas 'denied free school transport'

Funding cuts in England mean children are losing out in rural areas where the costs of transport are much higher

Tens of thousands of pupils living in rural areas of England are being denied free school transport because of cuts to services due to inadequate funding, council leaders claim.

More than 22,000 pupils in 20 county council areas have lost free travel to school in the last three years, according to council leaders who are warning that further cutbacks will follow without additional funding from government.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Think London’s trains are bad? Look at the great northern train fail | Phil McDuff

Think London’s trains are bad? Look at the great northern train fail | Phil McDuff
‘Meltdown Monday’ saw Northern cancel more than 300 services, reflecting the absolute dire level of investment

On Monday, the unimaginatively but accurately named Northern Fail app listed 327 routes run by Northern railway that had either been fully or partially cancelled. This seems like a lot but, unless you live in the north, you probably wouldn’t have been aware of it. Unlike the trials and tribulations of Southern or, more recently, Thameslink, northern infrastructure problems rarely make the national news.

It’s not exactly a mystery why this is. Most of the people who write the news live within the London commuter belt so the failures of the rail company they take to work is obviously going to be more salient than the failures of the rail companies they don’t. But at the risk of being a professional northerner about this, we have train cancellations galore round these parts.

Hi @amyfentonNWEM I’m on the @northernassist 15:03 from Lancaster to Carlisle via Barrow.

The single carriage train was met by abt. 200 school kids at Ulverston. Around 50 left behind due to train being totally full. Next service is cancelled!

Hell of a way to run a railroad! pic.twitter.com/jW8eOEppnx

Related: Northern rail disruption continues amid driver shortage

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Is the railway timetable change on the right track for passengers? | Letters

Is the railway timetable change on the right track for passengers? | Letters
Robert Nisbet of the UK’s Rail Delivery Group on the reasons for the changes, Jonathan Tyler on the problems they’ve created, and Simon Hurdley harks back to railway efficiencies of the past

Last Sunday saw the biggest timetable change in a generation, but your report (Passengers voice anger over timetable shake-up, Money, 19 May) is wrong – many will benefit from the change.

We know it is vital that the network keeps pace with demand. Through timetable changes over the next four years the industry will be able to run over 1,200 more services every weekday.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Northern rail disruption continues amid driver shortage

Northern rail disruption continues amid driver shortage

Dozens of trains cancelled on key routes as looming strike threatens to cause more chaos

Delays and cancellations have continued to affect passengers using Northern trains, after the introduction of a new timetable this week.

The train company said a shortage of drivers was disrupting services on Tuesday. Dozens of trains were cancelled, some at short notice. A greater number were curtailed or running significantly late, with routes between Blackpool, Southport, Wigan and Manchester airport again heavily affected.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows

London one of worst capitals in Europe for clean, safe transport, study shows

Exclusive: UK capital has the most expensive public transport, second-worst air quality and is one of most dangerous to walk and cycle, study of 13 EU cities reveals

London is trailing behind other major European capitals in its effort to create a clean, affordable and safe transport system, according to a new report.

The study of 13 EU cities found London has the second worst air quality after Moscow, as well as the most expensive public transport and the highest number of cycling accidents.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Part of M20 to be used as lorry park to counter Brexit jams at Channel

Part of M20 to be used as lorry park to counter Brexit jams at Channel

Stretch of Kent motorway may be temporarily repurposed under latest contingency plans

A stretch of the M20 in Kent will be used as a temporary lorry park should Brexit result in queues forming at Channel ports, under the latest government contingency plans.

A contraflow system, named Operation Brock, would operate between junctions eight and nine southbound to allow traffic to continue in both directions on reduced lanes, while thousands of lorries are held in line before the border.

Related: Tracking lorries won’t solve Irish border issue, hauliers say

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Network Rail appoints new chief – with smaller pay packet than predecessor

Network Rail appoints new chief – with smaller pay packet than predecessor

Andrew Haines takes job after eight years at Civil Aviation Authority marked by cost cutting

Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines will be its new chief executive – and be paid 27% less than his predecessor to run Britain’s rail infrastructure.

Haines, the chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority, will be paid £588,000 including benefits, with a possible 9% bonus, when he takes over in the autumn following a short handover period with retiring boss Mark Carne.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Isles of Scilly helicopter service resumes amid row over 'spoiling tactics'

Isles of Scilly helicopter service resumes amid row over 'spoiling tactics'

Six years after the last scheduled chopper landed in St Mary’s, the Guardian was on board the controversial new service

With a roar of engines and a thump of blades, the helicopter rose above Land’s End airport, darted across the ocean and 15 minutes later touched down on a landing area dotted with daisies and buttercups on the Isles of Scilly.

After an absence of six years, the Scilly helicopter service – a thrilling treat for visitors and a lifeline for islanders – had resumed.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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Cancellations and delays as new rail timetables introduced

Cancellations and delays as new rail timetables introduced

Northern and Thameslink services particularly affected on ‘meltdown Monday’

Widespread cancellations and disruption for rail passengers have accompanied the introduction of new timetables, with Northern and Thameslink services particularly affected.

Many commuters who had altered their normal routines for rescheduled trains arrived at stations on Monday morning only to find services cancelled.

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Can you ID the city from its metro 'M' sign – quiz

Can you ID the city from its metro 'M' sign – quiz

Since most underground subway systems are known as a ‘metro’ the letter M is used as their symbol in many cities around the world. Designs vary wildly, though. Can you place them? HT to the Metrobits website

Beijing, China

New York City

Tokyo, Japan

Athens, Greece

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Mexico City

Chicago

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Almaty, Kazakhstan

Moscow, Russia

Warsaw, Poland

Newcastle, England

Glasgow, Scotland

Washington DC

Madrid, Spain

Lisbon, Portugal

Paris, France

Copenhagen, Denmark

Oslo, Norway

Malmö, Sweden

Belgrade, Serbia

Istanbul, Turkey

Tbilisi, Georgia

Las Vegas, US

Málaga, Spain

Marseille, France

Kuwait City

Cairo, Egypt

Doha, Qatar

Moscow, Russia

Kiev, Ukraine

Lyon, France

Naha, Japan

Seoul, South Korea

Manila, Philippines

14 and above.

Excellent!

13 and above.

Excellent!

12 and above.

Well done

11 and above.

Well done

10 and above.

Good

9 and above.

Good

8 and above.

OK

7 and above.

OK

6 and above.

hmm

5 and above.

hmm

4 and above.

hmm

3 and above.

Poor

2 and above.

Poor

0 and above.

Poor

1 and above.

Poor

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Source: Guardian Transport

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