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MPs urge government not to raise train fares

A group of MPs has urged the government not to increase train fares even further for those travelling at the height of the rush hour.

The government's currently considering plans to increase fares during peak hours, in a bid to pursuade passengers to travel at quieter times.

But the Commons Transport Select Committee says that would effectively be a tax on commuters.

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TfL: 'Unnecessary street clutter can make journeys awkward'

Unnecessary street clutter can make the journeys of all road users awkward, regardless whether they are motorists, cyclists or pedestrians, and can dissuade people from visiting local areas.

By identifying and removing unnecessary poles, signs and other street furniture, we can make our road network more accessible and help transform our city environment into one that people can enjoy working, shopping and socialising in.

– Dana Skelley, Director of Roads at Transport for London

Transport Secretary: 'Unnecessary signs blot landscapes of towns and cities'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin: "There are too many unnecessary signs blotting the landscapes of our towns and cities. That is why I have published new guidance, to help encourage local authorities to make old, confusing and ugly signs a thing of the past.

"I want to congratulate London, Hampshire and Somerset councils for leading the way and getting rid of sign clutter.

"They are a fantastic example and I urge other councils to think about where traffic signs are placed and whether they are needed at all."

Traffic signs are being brought down across London

Thousands of traffic signs are being brought down across the country as part of a Government drive to rid our streets of clutter.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has urged local authorities to continue the cull.

Mr McLoughlin has also unveiled a new document called Reducing Sign Clutter that provides guidance to local authorities on how to remove unnecessary traffic signs as cost-effectively as possible.

In London alone 8,000 repeater signs and 4,000 poles installed on the capitals roads in the early 1990s have been ripped out. Laid out side by side these would stretch almost 2.5 miles.

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Government to support youth groups

Scouts, guides, police cadets and other youth clubs are to be set up in deprived areas as part of a £10 million scheme to improve life chances and cut crime.

The groups are usually found in leafy suburbs and shire counties, but ministers want to bring them into inner cities.

A joint initiative between the Government and Youth United - an umbrella organisation for uniformed bodies - is to see some 2,700 volunteers trained to lead 400 groups in locations across England such as Hackney, Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Middlesbrough.

The intention is to provide 10,000 more places for youths, including offenders, disruptive schoolchildren, children in care, and the unemployed.

According to The Times, Communities Minister Andrew Stunell is due to announce details of the initiative in Tottenham, where riots started last summer.

Government says it will not help Coryton refinery

The Coryton refinery's parent company has gone into administration. Credit: ITN

The Union union has criticised the Government after it decided not to apply for the European Commission's permission to use state funds to help the Coryton oil refinery. The refinery's parent company went into liquidation in January putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

The Government could have subsidised the refinery until a new buyer was found, but it would have needed to get EU permission first. However, the Department for Energy and Climate Change has decided not to go ahead and said it would not be sustainable to provide help.

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