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Chinese firm MTR to help operate UK's South West trains franchise

Union says Hong Kong metro operator will ‘make a killing at taxpayers’ expense’ after surprise announcement by UK government

Gwyn Topham and Matthew Weaver

The Hong Kong state-owned metro operator MTR and FirstGroup are to take over the running of South West Trains, one of the Britain’s biggest commuter networks, in a seven-year deal that trade unions denounced for handing another franchise to a state-controlled foreign operator. 894 more words


Partial Victory For Doug Paulley In 'Wheelchair V Buggy' Case

A disabled man has won a Supreme Court case after a dispute with a woman with a buggy over wheelchair space on a bus.

It means bus drivers may have to do more to accommodate wheelchair users. 515 more words


61chrissterry reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:

Limited success, but nowhere near far enough as it still depends on the drivers judgement and the stance taken by the person blocking a wheelchair space. There should also be more than 1 space allocated, for if it is a couple in wheelchairs no more than 1 could travel at 1 time, surely that would be an infringement of the rights of the couple to live and travel together.

Saturday, 10th September 2016

I took this photo of a ticket machine screen at Ealing Broadway station on 28th August. The first off-peak day return that’s displayed costs £16.85. So some people looking for a same-day return, especially if they’re in a rush, will buy that ticket. 94 more words


Saturday, 9th July 2016

The BBC has a new policy for referring to a recently rebranded train operating company. Tony Hall, the director-general, explains:

The BBC takes a common-sense view when deciding how to describe organisations: we take our cue from the organisation’s description of itself. 63 more words


150 Workers on Picket Line

Some 150 bus drivers joined the picket line at FirstGroup’s Manchester Queen’s Road depot on Tuesday in a row over changes to conditions and bargaining procedures.  111 more words