Tag: Transportation

The High-Speed HS2 Might Not Be As High-Speed As You Were Told

Running slower and fewer trains on the new HS2 line are among the options available to keep the rail project within budget, its chief executive has said.Phase 1 of the £56 billion high speed rail link will open between London and Birmingham in De…

Woman Driver Critical After ‘Assault’ Following Road Crash

A woman driver is in a critical condition after allegedly being assaulted following a car crash.

Scotland Yard said the 39-year-old had been “taken unwell” when officers arrived at the scene of a two-car collision at Gants Hill roundabout in Redbridge, east London on Friday evening.

Police said they are investigating a report that the woman, who was driving a Kia Picanto, was assaulted by the male driver of the second car involved in the crash – a Toyota Yaris.

Officers called to the scene just after 6.50pm “immediately” gave the woman first aid ahead of the arrival of London Ambulance Service.

She was taken to an east London hospital where she is in a critical condition.

A 54-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is in custody at an east London police station.

Detectives are keen to trace a particular witness – described as a white man and around 6ft 2in – who was at the scene.

They are also appealing for anyone who saw the collision or its aftermath to contact officers on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man Charged With Dangerous Driving After Car Ploughs Into House

A man has been charged with causing serious injury through dangerous driving after a car ended up in the front room of a house.

Five people were injured and another vehicle caught fire after a large disorder in Eagle Close, Dudley, West Midlands, on New Year’s Eve.

West Midlands Police said officers attended the incident which involved up to 10 men, just before 11pm, after receiving several 999 calls.

Emergency services arrived to find a Nissan Micra car which had gone backwards through the front wall of a house in nearby Kestrel Road, Dudley, West Midlands.

West Midlands Fire Service attended and also dealt with a Ford Fiesta, which police said had been set on fire during the incident.

Crews from Dudley @FireBrierley@tiptonfire@TechRescueWMFS responded to car fire and car in to a house near Russell’s Hall. @WMPolice@WMASHART@OFFICIALWMAS all attended. 2 men and 2 women sustained injuries and taken to hospital. pic.twitter.com/FG3OWoQYvw

— Dudley Fire Station (@WMFSDudley) January 1, 2019

An elderly woman and a man were inside the house at the time of the crash, and were treated at the scene by paramedics, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

The female patient suffered non-life threatening injuries but was taken to hospital.

Paramedics also treated a teenage boy, who was the suspected victim of an assault at the scene before taking him to hospital.

An ambulance service spokesman added: “Two further patients, a man and a woman, were assessed at the scene for minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.”

A police spokesman said: “Edward Nock, aged 20, from Hickford Lane, Telford, Shropshire, has been charged with drink driving and causing serious injury through dangerous driving.

Nock is due to appear at Dudley Magistrates’ Court on 29 January.

A 16-year-old male arrested on suspicion of assault at the scene, has been released under investigation while inquiries are continuing.



Six Killed And 16 Injured In Train Crash On Bridge In Denmark

Six people have been killed and 16 injured in a train accident on a Danish bridge linking the central islands of Zealand and Funen.The victims were passengers on a train going from the city of Odense to Copenhagen, Danish Railways told Denmark’s …

Rail Fares Increase By 3.1% As Punctuality Hits A 13-Year Low

Jeremy Corbyn has declared today’s rail fare increases as “not justified”, as he joined protesters outside King’s Cross Station.

The Labour leader said the hike in ticket costs “drives people away from public transport” in the long-term. 

With fares for British passengers “already the highest in Europe”, Corbyn said he was joining with campaigners to call on the government to freeze prices.

It comes as fares increased by an average of 3.1%, despite punctuality being at a 13-year low – a move earlier on Wednesday described as a “disgrace” by Corbyn in a video message.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined protestors outside King's Cross Station 

The cost of many rail season tickets rose by more than £100 due to the annual price hike on Wednesday, and a rail campaign group described the latest rise as “another kick in the wallet” for passengers.

But the rail industry insists the “vast majority” of revenue from fares covers the day-to-day costs of running the railway.

One in seven trains were delayed by at least five minutes in the past 12 months as a series of major issues have plagued the railway.

Press Association analysis of historical data revealed this is the worst performance since September 2005.

Extreme weather, errors in the launch of new timetables, strikes and signalling failures are among the causes.

The 3.1% average fare rise is the second highest since January 2013.

Examples of increases in annual season tickets include £148 for Brighton to London (from £4,696 to £4,844), £130 for Gloucester to Birmingham (from £4,108 to £4,238), and £100 for Manchester to Liverpool (from £3,152 to £3,252).

The annual cost from Prime Minister Theresa May’s constituency of Maidenhead to London has increased by £96 (from £3,092 to £3,188).

Robert Nisbet, regional director of industry body the Rail Delivery Group, acknowledged “nobody wants to pay more for their journey to work” but insisted money from fares is being used to “build the better railway customers want”.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling marked the increase in fares by announcing that a new railcard to extend child fares to 16- and 17-year-olds will be available in time for the new academic year in September.

A railcard for 26-30-year-olds goes on general sale at noon on Wednesday.

Grayling claimed the government’s “record investment” in the rail network will help passengers get the “frequent, affordable and reliable journeys they deserve”.

Labour analysis of more than 180 routes suggests an average commuter is paying £2,980 for their annual season ticket, up £786 from 2010, which was the year the Conservatives came to power as part of a coalition government.

The research also indicates that fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages.

Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald claimed the latest increases are “an affront to everyone who has had to endure years of chaos on Britain’s railways”.

Labour has pledged to return the railways to public ownership and called for prices to be frozen on the worst performing routes. 

Today rail fares across the country are rising by more than 3%.

It’s a disgrace. #TheDailySqueezepic.twitter.com/5WMBkvbTI1

— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) January 2, 2019

Fewer than half (45%) of passengers are satisfied with the value for money of train tickets, according to a survey by watchdog Transport Focus.

Its chief executive Anthony Smith said “the rail industry cannot be short of funding” as passengers contribute £10 billion a year in fares.

He added: “When will this translate into more reliable services that are better value for money?”

Bruce Williamson, from campaign group Railfuture said: “After a terrible year of timetable chaos, passengers are being rewarded with yet another kick in the wallet.”

Increases in around 45% of fares, including season tickets, are regulated by the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments.

They are predominantly capped at July’s RPI inflation figure, which was 3.2%.

First train of the year, first cancellation. Delighted to be paying more for this… #RailFares 🚂 @networkrail

— Tom Karim (@tomkarim) January 2, 2019

Late trains on the first day but rail fares have gone up 3%, absolute liberty #TrainFares

— TheHighStreetHoney😘 (@ReasWorld) January 2, 2019

Other fare rises are decided by train companies.

It has been the policy of successive governments to re-balance the funding of the railways between passengers and taxpayers.

This has resulted in a reduction in the relative contribution of taxpayers, and an increase in fares.

Office of Rail and Road figures for 2017/18 show revenue from fares and other passenger charges reached £9.7 billion.

Net government support to the industry over the same period totalled £6.4 billion (excluding Network Rail loans). Almost a third of this was HS2 funding.

The Department for Transport has commissioned former British Airways chief executive Keith Williams to carry out a root and branch review of Britain’s railway, including fares.

Turnpike Lane Shooting: Suspected Firearm Incident At Station

Police were called this morning to reports of shots fired outside a north London station, in which a bus was caught in cross fire and a bus driver was injured. Local officers and armed police arrived on the scene at 00:24 on Friday outside Turnpik…

London Double-Decker Bus Crashes Into Front Garden

A red London Bus ploughed into the front garden of a property in south London on Boxing Day evening.The bus driver lost control and drove into the garden in Brixton around 9pm.Emergency services arrived at around 10pm and cordoned off the road. Ph…