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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

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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

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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

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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

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