0 Have your say Edinburgh’s trams recorded a loss of almost £10 million last year – while the managing director was handed a 33 per cent pay rise. Accounts for Edinburgh Trams show the transfer of responsibility for maintaining the tram infrastructure from the city council to the tram company turned the previous year’s operating profit of £1.6m into an operating loss of £9.4m. Meanwhile, managing director Lea Harrison saw his remuneration soar from £96,229 to £127,962.The annual financial report notes the trams are outperforming the expectations set by the council before the service was launched in 2014. Passenger numbers increased last year by ten per cent from 6.6m to 7.3m and service income was up 18 per cent from £12.9m to £15.1m. But Lothian Tory MSP Jeremy Balfour said maintenance should have been included from the start to show the “true cost” of the trams. “It was always a false … [Read more...] about Edinburgh Trams: Big pay rise for boss despite £10million loss
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Cát Linh-Hà Đông elevated railway on a trial run near Hoàng Cầu Lake, Đống Đa District in Hà Nội. The project has been delayed seven times and it is unclear when it willl be put into commercial operation. VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hùng HÀ NỘI On Wednesday, Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể vowed to work with Hà Nội authorities and other authorised agencies to quickly complete safety inspections of Cát Linh-Hà Đông elevated railway. Only once the metro line’s safety is ensured will it be put into official commercial operation, he told National Assembly (NA) deputies. The exact opening date of the long-delayed project was among questions the cabinet leader received during his question and answer session at the NA. The project was initially approved in 2009. The transport ministry reported initial project capital of more than … [Read more...] about Transport minister questioned about long-delayed projects
Video PUBLISHED: 07:30 28 May 2019 Amy Gibbons Justin Dowding and Tanya Page have children affected by Suffolk County Council's new school transport system Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant A tight knit village has been torn in two by the council's controversial new transport system, with some children assigned a school miles away from home - despite having next to no means of getting there. Justin Dowding and Tanya Page by their local bus stop in Nayland Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNChildren in Nayland, which is situated in councillor Gordon Jones' ward, have traditionally studied at Thomas Gainsborough School (TGS) near Sudbury, with the majority of Year 6 students making the transition together.It is a system that parents say works very well - as Nayland Primary serves as a feeder school for TGS, with a number of joint events held throughout the year to help pupils prepare for life at secondary school.There is also a bus that runs directly from … [Read more...] about Tiny village ‘split in two’ by new school transport system
Sure, no one likes potholes, but are you willing to pay more for gas and registration fees to fill one? The question is among suggested trade-offs in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's ambitious $41 billion capital plan, but everything's fluid as state lawmakers prepare for a frenzied week of hardball negotiations before the legislative session ends Friday. "The governor is working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to finalize a plan to repair our roads, bridges and schools across the state," spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said.To sweeten the tax-palooza in the suburbs, the state would widen the choked-up Route 47 in McHenry County for $57 million and dedicate $1 billion to rebuild I-80 and the Des Plaines River bridge in Will County."There is no question we need Route 47 done," McHenry County Chairman Jack Franks said. "It should have been done years ago."There's also $2.87 billion for the Regional Transportation Authority that funds Metra, Pace and the CTA. That's about 10 percent of the … [Read more...] about In Transit: Would you pay more for gas to fix the roads?
HARD-up doctors and nurses have slammed hospital bosses for hiking charges for them to park at work. Medical staff on as little as £22,000-a-year currently have to pay £17.50 per week. But the cost of leaving their cars in the staff car parks is going up to £27 per week – a rise of 54 per cent. The new charges are being put into force by the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. It affects St Richard’s Hosptial, in Chichester, Southlands Hospital, in Shoreham-by-sea and Worthing Hospital. An online petition already has 1,300 backers. Hospital chiefs said the car parks aren’t big enough and hikes fund greener ways for staff to get to work. Maternity ward worker Sally Laatz said: “Our trust has decided to massively increase the cost for staff to park onsite. "The alternative to parking onsite is a park and ride. "For many of us if we used this system would actually be travelling farther every day. “How green is that? "Also this would add a … [Read more...] about Doctors and nurses blast hospital chiefs for hiking parking charges in a bid to get workers to user greener forms of transport