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Distracted Boyfriend Has Made Up With His Girlfriend, And They Are Advertising The New East Coast Railway Together

Today is a big day for British railways - and not just because, hilariously, ultra Conservative transport minister Chris Grayling has been forced to take Virgin's East Coast railway line back into public ownership, effectively nationalising it just like Jeremy Corbyn wants to do. Read More >>

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Government Tells Network Rail to Put Down the Chain Saws

Network Rail thought it was on to a winner with its tree maintenance programme, because it's had enough of people banging on about leaves on the line for the last 30 years and is taking steps to stop it happening any more -- by cutting down trees. Problem is, people actually like trees and are a bit horrified at how rapidly rail bosses appear to be cutting them down. Read More >>

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Uber Plans to Put Self-Driving Cars Back on the Road ‘Within the Next Few Months’ After Fatal Crash

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says that the company plans to put self-driving cars back on the road “within the next few months.” The transportation company suspended tests in March after one of its vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in the US state of Arizona. The incident is believed to be the first human death from an autonomous car. Read More >>

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The Rail Companies are Changing the Ticketing System, Supposedly to Make it Fairer and Easier

You'd think buying a train ticket would be easy. It is if you're at a kiosk with a living person inside, since they do all the hard work and you stand there for five minutes while they use whatever slow operating system their machines run on. But the number of times I've accidentally bought a single from the automated machines is absurd. But does that say something about how much attention I pay to things or the state of the machines themselves? Maybe it's me, but the rail companies think it might be the way the ticketing system is set up. Read More >>

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52 Sofas Fell Off Car Roofs in a Nine-Month Period

Authorities in charge of cleaning up roadside debris have had enough of you and your improperly secured loads, so much so that there's now a public information campaign designed around telling drivers to tie things on to their car roofs properly. Read More >>

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A 24-Hour Train Network is on Network Rail’s Ideas List

The head of Network Rail is bracing himself for a flurry of requests from rail franchises to start operating 24-hour services, as the thrill of London's all-night tube service is set to spread. Read More >>

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Heathrow Considers Declaring Itself a Low-Emission Zone and Charging Drivers to Enter

Heathrow is thinking about setting a new world record for irony, revealing that one way it might be able to meet its environmental commitments and build a whole new runway is to declare itself a low-emission zone and charge car drivers a congestion fee for entering the airport. As if dad's not already stressed enough about going on sodding holiday. Read More >>

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Railway Geeks Plan Ambitious Steam Train Live Stream

One of my favourite things to do is watch the live streams of SpaceX rocket launches - and landings. Every month or so there will usually be a launch, in which for a brief few moments you get to escape the horrors of reality, and instead indulge in an optimistic vision of the future: One where we can not just send rockets into space, but live stream the results back to my TV too. Read More >>

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Trains Skip Stops to Game Punctuality Tables

The rail franchises have discovered an amazing new punctuality hack that lets them pretend everything is running to schedule -- skipping stops on the line. This happened on over 52,500 services last year, as rail companies attempted to keep the trains at least within laughing distance of what the timetables promise. Read More >>

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Reeclaim Will Automatically Request a Refund if Your London Underground Journey is Delayed

In the grand scheme of things, London's transport system is pretty good. At least, it is compared to some other parts of the country where it's truly horrendous and isn't nearly as convenient. You won't turn up at the tube station to find it's been shut down for no reason, forcing you to get a replacement bus, for example. But London transport is still far from perfect, and frustratingly delays do happen. Fortunately Reeclaim aims to soften the blow, by automatically requesting a refund from TfL. Read More >>

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The Knowledge Is Power: Meet The Electric Taxi Hoping To Bring London’s Cabbies Charging Into The 21st Century

It’s well known that London has a pollution problem. After just one month of this year, the capital had already smashed pollution limits on several of its busiest roads. Without action, we’re at risk of finding ourselves on the fast train to Beijing-like conditions, calling at smog, 40,000 early deaths and carbon central. Read More >>

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Uber Wants to Be Your New Bicycle

Uber announced yesterday that it’s acquiring Jump, a dockless bike-sharing service that recently launched a small fleet of bikes in San Francisco. Read More >>

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Uber Manages to Dodge Ban in Egypt Over Taxi Driver Lawsuit, for Now

Ride hailing service Uber and competitor Careem will not be banned in Egypt after a court overturned a judicial decision to pull the companies’ licenses, allowing both companies to continue operations there for the time being. Read More >>

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TfL is in Talks to Extend Crossrail Further East and Into Kent

London's Elizabeth Line, still known to many as Crossrail, isn't set to be fully operational until next December when the Reading service opens its doors, but there are already plans to extend the line. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has just confirmed TfL is in talks to extend the line eastwards towards Ebbsfleet in Kent. Read More >>

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Buy the Baggage Carousel of Your Dreams in Heathrow’s Terminal 1 Auction

Heathrow is preparing a once in a lifetime sale of staggering historical travel artefacts, with an auction of the entire contents of the abandoned Terminal 1 building about to start. And yes, you really can have a baggage carousel that still works. Read More >>