No-deal Brexit could cause chaos across Kent, warns council

No-deal Brexit could cause chaos across Kent, warns council

Hard-hitting report raises concerns about unburied bodies, gridlocked roads and uncollected waste

A no-deal Brexit could cause major disruption across Kent, with gridlock on the roads around Dover, rubbish not being collected, children unable to take exams and rubbish piling up on streets, a local council report has warned.

The registration service for weddings could also be affected and bodies could pile up in morgues because of traffic gridlock, the council warned in an update on no-deal contingency planning. Problems would all flow from the congestion and new regulatory barriers that would be in place if Britain crashed out of the EU on 29 March.

Related: Kent motorway to shut as work begins on possible post-Brexit lorry park

Related: Calais after Brexit ‘could be 10 times worse than Irish border’

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Lyft sets itself up to be one of first large tech flotations of 2019

Lyft sets itself up to be one of first large tech flotations of 2019

US ride-hailing firm files plans with regulator as it races rival Uber for funding

US company Lyft has filed plans with the regulator for a flotation as it races for funding against Uber, the rival ride-hailing company.

In a statement on Thursday, Lyft announced it had submitted a draft registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, in a move which sets it up to be one of the first large tech flotations of 2019.

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Train performance this summer the worst for 20 years, figures show

Train performance this summer the worst for 20 years, figures show

Problems went beyond GTR and Northern, with delays and cancellations on many services

More trains were cancelled or ran significantly late on Britain’s railways this summer than in any other summer in the last 20 years, new official figures show.

Data shows that the plunge in the reliability of rail services went far beyond the problems on Northern and Govia Thameslink Railway in the wake of the May timetabling fiasco.

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Sir Terry Morgan resigns as chairman of Crossrail and HS2

Sir Terry Morgan resigns as chairman of Crossrail and HS2

Decision comes after he predicted he would be sacked from both roles ‘within days’

Sir Terry Morgan, the chairman of Crossrail and HS2, who last week predicted he would be sacked from both roles “within days” due to delays and cost overruns, has resigned.

The Department for Transport said Morgan, who became chairman of Crossrail in 2009 but had been in charge of HS2 for only four months, had stepped down from the senior posts.

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Talks to avert Northern Rail strikes collapse

Talks to avert Northern Rail strikes collapse

RMT union claims it is victim of contempt as Northern Rail hopes to continue discussions

Passengers in the north of England are to face further major disruptions on train services after talks to avert more strikes collapsed.

Northern Rail and the RMT union have been involved in a long-running dispute over guards on trains.

Related: Northern rail compensation scheme to include non-season ticket holders

Related: Why I refuse to pay January’s unfair new train fares

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The nasty shock of being offered a seat | Letters

The nasty shock of being offered a seat | Letters
Robin Burt and Margaret Fingerhut say they were mortified to be offered a seat, but Valerie Smith says that when offered one, one should accept

“Young people these days have no manners” is the sort of thing old blokes like me and John Crace say to each other (If you see me on the tube, please don’t offer me your seat, 1 December). But nobody in a social gathering would dream of suggesting we might be getting on a bit. So why is it that when we get on a crowded tube that young men offer us their seat? It’s worse than that. Young women do it as well.

What we need is a strategy. The grey hair doesn’t help, although I have enough to delude myself that I have achieved the suave, silver fox look. Maybe it’s the way we dress? I’m usually in “smart casual”, going home after an afternoon tea dance, buoyed up with confidence because an attractive young woman has asked me to dance with her or I am on my way to a jazz club. There’s not much scope on a crowded train to demonstrate that we can walk unaided so maybe it’s the way we stand. I have tried that Fred Astaire pose: one foot flat on the floor, the other crossed at the ankle, toe touching the floor (it’s harder than it looks, try surreptitiously holding the vertical pole). Then there’s how to respond: “No, I’m fine, thanks” or “It’s OK, I’m getting off at the next stop”. I’ve tried avoiding eye contact, then they get up and touch me on the shoulder. Suggestions on a postcard… no, not a postcard, that makes me sound old.
Robin Burt
London

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We need a competent transport secretary. We’ve got Chris Grayling | Gaby Hinsliff

We need a competent transport secretary. We’ve got Chris Grayling | Gaby Hinsliff
He has presided over chaos on the UK’s railways, but the man with the reverse Midas touch steams merrily on

Will nothing derail Chris Grayling?

The transport secretary has long presided over a shambles of a public service and now stands accused by the cross-party transport select committee of failing to take proper responsibility for the rail timetabling crisis that turned so many lives upside down earlier this year. Children missed school lessons, adults feared for their jobs and livelihoods because they couldn’t get to work on time, furious passengers were forced to fork out for taxis and emergency childcare. If this were France, we’d probably be manning the barricades by now, not tweeting crossly about the 7.37 being delayed yet again.

Related: Northern is a disaster. Why have commuters been left to face it alone? | Kate Anstee

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Govia Thameslink keeps franchise but must pay out £15m over timetable chaos

Govia Thameslink keeps franchise but must pay out £15m over timetable chaos

Department for Transport also caps profit Go-Ahead Group can make from its contract

Govia Thameslink Railway will hold on to Britain’s biggest rail franchise but must spend £15m on passenger improvements after its “unacceptable performance” during the botched timetabling roll-out in May.

GTR will make no profit from the franchise in this financial year, and future profits will be capped until September 2021 when the franchise expires, the Department for Transport (DfT) said

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MPs call for fare freeze for those most affected by rail timetable fiasco

MPs call for fare freeze for those most affected by rail timetable fiasco

Select committee report highly critical of transport secretary as it blames collective failure

Fares should be frozen for passengers most affected by the upheaval in rail timetabling in May, MPs have demanded.

A scathing report by the transport select committee said the chaotic change to the schedules on 20 May, which led to the cancellation or severe disruption of thousands of train services in the ensuing weeks, should be the catalyst for reform, including automatic compensation schemes.

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An instructor on driving test bias: 'he was fine with white students…'

An instructor on driving test bias: 'he was fine with white students…'

Shazia Akkari’s experiences of examiners have led her to suspect not every verdict is fair

A car horn sounds a short distance away. The driver pauses, looks around, momentarily distracted, and then tentatively reverses into the parking space. Ignition off. A moment’s pause while a form is filled. It’s good news. Her hands go up to her face out of sheer relief.

This young Asian woman has just passed her driving test at the DVLA test centre in West Didsbury, Manchester. She climbs out of the car, hugs her instructor and, beaming, poses for a photograph holding her certificate, capturing one of the classic coming-of-age rituals.

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