May 31, 2004

Care for air passengers 'is not good enough' - says the BMA...link
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Fall in train delays not enough, say passengers - At least we are getting something for NR's billions...link
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May 30, 2004

Curse strikes again as Flying Scotsman runs out of steam - it's broken down...link
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May 29, 2004

What's a parking space worth? - £10,000 apparently...link
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May 28, 2004

Watchdog running late on Anglia sale - the OFT has finally worked out that National Express's takeover of rail in East Anglia could harm competition...link
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May 27, 2004

Petrol rationing ended - on this day 1950...link
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Kazakhstan plans "Silk Road" rail line. - The proposed route would link Druzhba on the border with China's Xinjiang northwestern region to Iran and Turkey and then on to Europe....link
Welsh Assembly to get control of rail in principality - - "If Transport (Wales) bill becomes law, the assembly will be able to direct the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) to improve services on the Wales and the Borders franchise." Jobs for the boyos Labourites directing and more state intervention? This time it's just gotta work!...link
FLASH cars with blacked out windows will be taken off the streets in a purge on gangsters. - New legislation means cars can only have windows with a 25% tint - any more than that and police have the power to issue the owner with a prohibition notice....link
Italian town sets aside car park especially so people can have sex in their cars - Vinci's mayor, Giancarlo Faenzi, claims 90% of local residents have made love in a car at least once. That's not uncommon in a country where most children live with their parents until they marry, often well into their 30s. ...link

May 26, 2004

UK government's transport portal experiencing delays - An IT project, behind schedule? A government IT project, behind schedule? Colour us shocked...link
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Screw the share price, this is war, says O'Leary - Hmm. And they might just screw you...link
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Brussels safety rules 'will raise car prices by £3,000' - as well as forcing them to defy the laws of physics. Telegraph has a comment...link
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May 25, 2004

Connex plans comeback - them and Posh...link
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Beeching speaks - a speech from 40 years ago...link
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Network Rail/union talks set for Friday - Any bets on whether or not a strike will be averted? ...link
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RAC rails against school run mums - Apparently "pupils need more choice," but surely it's only right and proper that parents are the ones who actually choose whether kids walk or are driven? ...link
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Thousands of UK baggage handlers may strike - Seventeen airports across Britain could have a lot of fun in store for travellers if the Transport and General Workers' Union hands 4,000 Aviance employees their strike ballots after the rejection of a 2.5% pay rise ...link
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Edinburgh's congestion charge could be delayed - Midlothian Council wants at least two more years to get the road toll plans right ...link
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"Transport in South Africa is a mess" - Well, it matches most other aspects of that country, then. This certainly bodes well for my prediction that the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be the mother of all man-made disasters ...link
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Three train drivers union leaders in punch up at a union barbecue. - Solidarity comrades!...link

May 24, 2004

Paris airport evacuated, terminal may be demolished - Yes, those cracking noises would be worrying. "If all the (structural) rings which make up this terminal are beyond repair, we will raze everything to the ground," Pierre Graff, Chairman of Aeroports de Paris (ADP) says ...link
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Main rail bodies in dispute on high costs - the SRA tut-tuts Network Rail. Pot and kettle anyone?...link
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Battle ahead as Brussels demands random breath tests in Britain...link
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Was there a conspiracy to down the Comet? - we seem to be hosting a flame war. Check out the comments here...link
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When you think of $3 a gallon, you should also think: 1976.- Interesting comment on US petrochemical policy....link

May 23, 2004

Formula One Grand Prix Exciting Shocker! - Monte Carlo GP best race for ages....link
Six killed as roof collapses at Charles de Gaulle...link
President Bush falls of his mountain bike - He's taken up riding after doctors told him to back off jogging to reduce a knee problem. Ride was 17 mile course around Texas ranch. He should do fellow Texan Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses to raise money for cancer charities one year....link
Ship carrying 4,000 cars sinks after colliding with oil tanker south of Singapore. - Crews rescued, no immediate oil leak....link
Ferry sinks in Bangladesh - 8 bodies found so far but could be many more....link

May 22, 2004

We, the law-abiding majority, know the law doesn't rule - Charles Moore takes the train to find some examples...link
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Bonuses arrive punctually for Network chiefs...link
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May 21, 2004

Rendezvous BBC4 Sun 23 May, 20:50-21:00 - Claude Lelouche's acclaimed film of a trip through early morning Paris at high speed to the sound of a roaring engine. Made in 1976, the film is a hair-raising journey, made without special effects....link
A380 hits turbulence while still in the factory - they've annoyed the environmentalists...link
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Winsor has final crack over Railtrack handling - the Rail Regulator isn't going quietly. Telegraph has a City Comment...link
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Heathrow planes grounded for 20 minutes due to machine gun fire - BBC found filming gun battle just beyond end of runway, police understandably furious....link
Masked bandit cuts down speed camera - just three days after it was erected....link
Man parks car on tracks to force train to stop at station -Irrational action but understandable fury....link
Kremlin lanes for Olympics - 55,000 members of the “Olympic family” — including athletes and sponsors — would use the special lanes to whizz them to venues around London....link

May 20, 2004

C-charge has made air safer, says Mayor - by 12%. But car traffic is down by 30% or thereabouts. Could it be that all those nasties are coming from Ken's beloved buses? I think we should be told...link
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"You may feel that this is special pleading from a man who faces the prospect of being forced to go to and from his constituency by train" - Boris Johnson is on the verge of losing his driving licence....link
Blair offers no hint of scrapping petrol tax rise...link
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RAIL WORKERS TO STRIKE - Dispute over pay and pensions, 58% in favour of industrial action. ...link
The long reach of Ken Livingston -congestion charge for Scottish van ...link
A Scottish "bullet train"? - proposed for Edinburgh to Glasgow route ...link

May 19, 2004

Transport mess dooms Britain's Olympic hopes - for once (and it is for once) I can actually be thankful that we have a decrepit transport system...link
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Cost blamed for delay to rail safety system...link
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Top Gear's Richard Hammond to compete in Bognor Birdman contest - Jeremy Clarkson and James May had entered but have both withdrawn from the July 4th event due to "production scheduling difficulties". I wouldn't blame them if they've simply chickened out, it's a heck of a drop....link
£1million of jewels stolen from car while victim was paying for petrol....link
The Voluntary City: Restoring urban life in crisis times - transcript of part of seminar not book...link
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May 17, 2004

Rethink roadworks - letter in the Times...link
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Private motorway puts up tolls as jams loom - on the state-owned alternative. I thought that was the plan all along...link
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Cameras to focus on high-speed offenders...link
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BA annual profits rise 70 per cent - profits? BA? Surely some mistake...link
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Network Rail directors to get big bonuses - !?...link
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May 14, 2004

Speed cameras make us hated, say police...link
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37 rowdy travellers thrown off plane - good...link
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Network Rail criticised - by National Audit Office...link
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May 13, 2004

Don't like buses? It's a tram by any other name - First Group announce their results...link
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May 10, 2004

Average delay of 0.1 minutes per train - on the Tokaido Shinkansen. "…including delays caused by natural disasters such as heavy rain, typhoons, and heavy snowfall"...link
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Road Traffic Technology - the website for the road traffic industry...link
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May 09, 2004

£5 charge 'has not hit Oxford St' - according to the Mayor...link
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Excessive Essex - it's Britain's speed camera capital...link
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Councils cash in on bus lane cameras...link
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Crossrail delayed - yet again...link
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Self-propelled swarming robot traffic cones - what will they think of next?...link
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May 08, 2004

More Scottish grannies pulled over for driving too slowly! - I guess this is what happens when you have David Coulthard as a role model. Thanks to Mark Holland for the heads up...link
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Deutsche Bahn shortlisted for East Coast rail franchise...link
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Honest drivers are driven mad by the boy racers...link
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Uninsured drivers cost £500m a year...link
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Partial victory for Tube man sacked for playing squash - actually, it's an overwhelming defeat...link
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SRA is too big for its boots, says regulator - don't you just love turf wars?...link
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May 05, 2004

Richard Bowker interview...link
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Eminent domain abuse - that's compulsory purchase to us Brits. Commonsense and Wonder point to some examples...link
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May 04, 2004

Howells calls for speed cuts to save lives...link
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Abolish compulsory purchase - says Peter Gordon, almost...link
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Tourists stranded as airline collapses...link
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Regional trains that run empty should go to hell, says rail chief - quite...link
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Aesthetics and airplanes - aircraft are coming over all style concious...link
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