UK railway needs revolution not evolution, says review chief

Independent chair says franchise system no longer credible and state needs to step back for ‘complete overhaul’The government should take a “step back” from the UK railway, which could potentially be run by a new body, said the independent chair of the…

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Northern’s Pacer trains to run into 2020 despite retirement pledge

Rail firm privately backtracks on vow to MPs that fleet would be retired by end of yearNorthern rail promised MPs last week its fleet of hated “buses-on-rails” would be retired by the end of the year, but it has emerged the firm had already privately w…

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Aviation industry must get real about emissions | Letters

Chris Preist calculates the scale of the carbon challenge, John Chapman calls for urgent regulation, Kim Hoare says we cannot carry on taking flights as and when we wish and Michael Miller says flying is unavoidably energy-intensiveThe aviation industr…

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UK firms will face ‘deliberate disruption’ to hit zero carbon goal

State ready to disrupt or phase out the most polluting business activities to meet 2050 targetUK companies must brace for the government to deliberately disrupt or phase out business areas that are unfit for a net zero-carbon economy, according to a re…

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The Tories should see green over Khan’s ‘old banger tax’ | Phillip Inman

The ultra low emissions zone will be used by left and right to discomfit the London mayor. The Conservatives should do their environmental bit and support himA petition against the London mayor’s tax on car emissions – the ultra low emissions zone (Ule…

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Smoothing out banking irregularities has been a bumpy road | Kalyeena Makortoff and Gwyn Topham

Banking Competition Remedies parts way with director for conflict of interest – but it is not the firstA £775m fund meant to counter the effects of Royal Bank of Scotland’s crisis-era bailout stumbled again this week. For a programme intended to smooth…

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