Should you ask someone to vacate your reserved seat on a train?

Should you ask someone to vacate your reserved seat on a train?

Most railway passengers prefer to stand or look for another seat rather than ask someone to move, research shows. It is time we overcame this most British of behaviours

For British people travelling by public transport, speaking to someone might seem like a fate worse than death – but is avoiding it really worth hours and hours of standing up on a train?

It seems so, according to research by train operator LNER (London North Eastern Railway). They found that just over half (56%) of us would actually prefer to stand, or make the effort to find an alternative seat, rather than simply ask a passenger who has sat down in our reserved seat to move.

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Let Woakes join Stokes and Foakes | Brief letters

Let Woakes join Stokes and Foakes | Brief letters
Losing two Johnsons | US-obsessed Brits | Laurence Binyon | Striker with sledgehammer | Damon Albarn’s donkey jacket | Chris Woakes

To slightly misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose one Johnson may be regarded as a misfortune, to lose both looks like carelessness (Blow for May as second Johnson brother quits over Brexit proposals, 10 November).
George Steel
Liverpool

• Martin Kettle writes about how the British cultural cringe before the US affects journalists and broadcasters (Journal, 9 November). Could he by any chance be referring to the first nine pages of Thursday’s Guardian on the US midterm elections?
Keith Owen
Exeter

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Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges

Addison Lee drivers challenge clients to uphold UN pledges

Unions confront Deutsche Bank and others in campaign for better pay

Taxi drivers are ramping up a campaign for better pay and union recognition from Addison Lee by challenging the company’s major corporate clients to uphold commitments signed under a UN accord obliging them to use ethical suppliers.

Deutsche Bank is the first of the taxi firms’ clients to be approached by union representatives who have also pointed out that its own “vender code of conduct” obliges it to recognise the right to collective bargaining, and minimum and prevailing wages and benefits.

Related: Britain is chronically overworked. A four-day week would liberate us | Owen Jones

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Croydon bus crash driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving

Croydon bus crash driver arrested on suspicion of drink driving

South London crash leaves teenage girl in critical condition and injures 19 others

A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a double-decker bus collided with two vehicles and hit a bus shelter in south London, leaving a teenage girl in a critical condition and injuring 19 other people.

The 198 Arriva bus collided with a car, a single-decker bus and crashed into a shelter at West Croydon bus station after mounting the pavement at around 12:20pm on Sunday.

Bus crashes into West Croydon bus station.. pic.twitter.com/ETADofbb9P

Final information about our response to the bus collision
in Croydon, following which we treated 20 patients and took 18 of them to
hospital. pic.twitter.com/P1da81MCCE

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National Cycle Network has many 'crap' paths, says charity in charge

National Cycle Network has many 'crap' paths, says charity in charge

Almost half of the network has been rated ‘poor’ in a review to be published on Monday

It spans 16,505 miles, is seven times longer than our motorway system and carries half as many people each year as the UK’s creaking railways – all for free and with no carbon emissions. But the National Cycle Network is so starved of funding that many of its bike paths are “crap” and desperately need improvements, according to the charity responsible for its development and upkeep.

The network, marked by blue and red signs, includes 5,273 miles of traffic-free cycle paths, bridleways and canal towpaths used by millions of cyclists and walkers each year. It also incorporates 11,302 miles of “on-road” sections, covering the length and breadth of the UK from the Shetland Islands to Land’s End and from East Anglia to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

Related: Chris Hoy calls for end to cyclist and motorist ‘them and us’ mentality

Related: Better by bike: a guide to the top cycle rides in Britain

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Aviation body accused of forcing out staff who raised safety fears

Aviation body accused of forcing out staff who raised safety fears

Civil Aviation Authority denies constructive dismissal at employment tribunal

Two senior flight operations inspectors have claimed they were forced out of the Civil Aviation Authority after raising concerns that job cuts had put passengers at risk.

John Baker and Terry Neale, who served with the air safety regulator for a total of 40 years, told an employment tribunal that CAA managers changed their working conditions and downgraded their performance ratings after they expressed concerns to the board about dwindling numbers of qualified staff.

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Disruptions at Heathrow airport as runway lights malfunction

Disruptions at Heathrow airport as runway lights malfunction

Travellers have been warned that ‘technical issue’ could affect their journeys

Air travellers have been warned that a “technical issue” affecting lighting on runways at Heathrow could affect their journeys on Wednesday.

Britain’s largest airport said it was trying to fix the problem, but advised passengers to check with their airline to see if their flights had been affected.

Related: Gatwick plans using emergency runway to increase flight capacity

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Hauliers face lottery for permits in no-deal Brexit

Hauliers face lottery for permits in no-deal Brexit

Department for Transport says number of permits available will be severely limited

A lottery-style system could be used to allocate scarce haulage permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit, a Department for Transport paper has revealed.

The paper says hauliers will need permits if no deal is struck, and the number of European Conference of Ministers of Transport (ECMT) permits available will be severely limited. One estimate suggests there will be only around 5% of the total required.

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M5 motorway closed after pedestrian killed

M5 motorway closed after pedestrian killed

Police unclear as to why person was on road and have closed motorway between junctions 3 and 4 in Worcestershire

A pedestrian has died after being struck by a vehicle on the M5 in the early hours of Saturday, leading to its closure, police have said.

The person was on the carriageway “for reasons yet to be established” when they were fatally injured between junction 3 and 4 in Worcestershire, said West Mercia police.

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Crossrail boss steps down after project delays

Crossrail boss steps down after project delays

Simon Wright will be replaced by Mark Wild, who will oversee opening of central section

Crossrail’s chief executive is to step down, it has been announced, a week after the government agreed to a new cash injection to complete the delayed £15.4bn project.

Simon Wright will be replaced by Mark Wild, the managing director of London Underground, who will remain in charge until the opening of the central section of Crossrail, which will be known as the Elizabeth line.

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