Department for Transport

Government Spends £350,000 On Delivering Only Briefcases In Chauffeur-Driven Cars

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics

The Government has spent more than £350,000 on chauffeur driving only ministerial briefcases around Whitehall in the last five years, HuffPost UK has...

These Were The Top Ten Most Overcrowded Trains Of 2014

The Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK

The Department for Transport has published a list of the ten most overcrowded trains in England and Wales in 2014. The list covers arrivals into 1...

Firm Direction: Kids Company and Ministerial Directions

Gavin Freeguard | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Politics
Gavin Freeguard

As my colleague Jill Rutter pointed out in her blogpost, the news that Kids Company may be about to close its services 'provides rapid vindication' of...

Louise Ridley

The Unnerving Drug Driving Video That Should Make You Seriously Paranoid | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK

An unnerving new short film suggests it's reasonable to be paranoid if you take drugs and drive, as new stricter laws come into force today. The un...

Chaotic Government Funding Fails to Fix Pothole Epidemic

Richard Burden | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Changes to the Agency overseeing 2% of our road network (our motorways and "A Roads") will not fix the potholes that undermine road safety and blight everyday journeys for car drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists, and HGVs too...

Confusion Over Low Power Smartphone Ban On Budget Airlines

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK

Confusion reigns over how new security regulations requiring smartphones and electronic devices be switched on to be allowed on the flight, will apply...

Get On Your Bike

Benjamin Spiro-Hughes | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Benjamin Spiro-Hughes

A sixth cyclist has died in London in only two weeks. Cycling's popularity is propelled by British Tour de France winners - Chris Froome and Bradly Wiggins. It will only continue to get more popular as more people cycle to work, to get healthy and combat costs. Cycle safety is now paramount.

What Porn Sites Have Transport Officials Been Trying To View?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Politics

Pornographic sites including Playboy, "Perfect Asians" and "Big Boobs Tight Blouse" were attempted to be accessed by staff at the Department for Trans...

Shocking Drink-Drive Death Figures Revealed

PA | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK

The number of deaths in drink-drive accidents soared last year, according to provisional Government figures. An estimated 290 people were killed in...

Is the State Censoring Anti-Thatcher Graffiti?

Ben Walters | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Walters

Last Wednesday, a grotesque large-scale picture of Margaret Thatcher appeared. Coloured purple with blank eyes, skulls for earrings and a thread of drool leaking from the mouth, it stood three metres tall against a background of flames. Next to it, in huge, carefully scripted letters, were the words "ROT IN HELL!! MAGGIE".

Britain's Search And Rescue Sold To US Company

PA | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK

A US-based company is to take over Britain's helicopter search and rescue operations, it has been reported. The government has awarded the contract...

Charlie Thomas

Government Cuts To Kids Road Safety Campaigns 'Lead To Tragedy' | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK

Road safety charities and businesses have called on George Osborne to spend more on road safety campaigns for children after the departmental budget w...

Thirty Years On From Compulsory Seatbelts, What's Next In Car Safety?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Tech

It's 30 years to the day since British drivers were ordered to 'belt up' as the government made efforts to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on...

Ministers Were 'Lied To' Over West Coast Rail Deal

PA | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK

A government department has been branded "irresponsible" over its role in the collapse of the £5 billion West Coast Mainline rail contract. A comm...

High Speed Rail Links North Of Birmingham Revealed

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics

Plans to extend the high-speed railway to Manchester and Leeds have been unveiled, in a move David Cameron claimed would boost Britain's stagnant econ...

Michael Rundle

Government Workers Sacked For 'Misuse Of Social Media' | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech

Up to five workers at the Department for Transport have been sacked for misuse of social media, the Huffington Post UK can reveal. About 25 inciden...

Lower Speed Limit For New Drivers, Says Coroner

PA | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK

A coroner has called on the government to impose new restrictions on recently qualified drivers following the death of a teenager in a road crash. ...

Toy Train Company Has Bid For West Coast Mainline Franchise Rejected

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics

A company which sells toy trains has received a serious response from the Department for Transport over a bid for the West Coast Mainline franchise, w...

Virgin Awarded West Coast Main Line Contract For Next 23 Months

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

Sir Richard Branson's rail company Virgin Trains has been awarded the West Coast main line contract for a further 23 months, it has been announced. ...

Britain's Pothole Problem Reaching 'Crisis Point'

PA | Posted 22.11.2012 | UK

The pothole problem on Britain's roads is reaching crisis point, highway bosses warned today. If there were further cuts in maintenance funds or a ...

Charlie Thomas

FirstGroup Shareholders The Latest To Suffer From West Coast Flawed Bidding Fiasco | Charlie Thomas | Posted 07.11.2012 | UK

Transport giant FirstGroup has been forced to freeze its dividend because of the uncertainty caused by the botched attempt to win the West Coast mainl...

McLoughlin Admits 'Regrettable' Mistakes In Train Fiasco

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Politics

Mistakes over the West Coast rail franchise should not have been made and are very regrettable, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told MPs on Wed...

Three DfT Officials Suspended Over West Coast Rail 'Fiasco'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Politics

Three Department for Transport officials involved in the now-scrapped West Coast rail franchise competition have been suspended, the department said t...

'Taking The System For A Ride'

PA | Posted 10.09.2012 | UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) did not follow its own rules over the West Coast main line franchise bidding process, Virgin boss Sir Richard Brans...

West Coast Mainline Bid 'Still Live'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Ted Thornhill | Posted 03.09.2012 | UK

Legal action by Virgin Rail has prevented the government signing a contract awarding a major franchise to a rival bidder, MPs were told. Rail minis...