Transport

Fact Checks related to transport, including public transport, airport expansion, HS2, rail fares and ticket prices

25 October 2021

Photo of lorry stuck in Bristol harbour used to spread misinformation about HGV tests

A photo of a lorry stuck in Bristol harbour has been used to, wrongly, claim that HGV drivers won’t be tested on reversing.

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Photo of lorry stuck in Bristol harbour used to spread misinformation about HGV tests
8 October 2021

Boris Johnson claim about HGV driver visas sparks confusion

The Prime Minister told a BBC journalist that 127 HGV drivers had applied for short-term visas. But the government’s bizarrely refused to explain how that figure is calculated.

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Boris Johnson claim about HGV driver visas sparks confusion
29 September 2021

No evidence government spreading fuel shortage rumours to sell surplus

It’s been claimed the government spread fuel shortage lies to sell a surplus which was about to expire. There is no evidence of this.

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No evidence government spreading fuel shortage rumours to sell surplus
28 September 2021

How many more HGV drivers does the UK need?

It’s been claimed that the UK is short 100,000 HGV drivers, but the government has reportedly said we only need another 30,000.

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How many more HGV drivers does the UK need?
3 March 2021

Is Transport for the North’s budget being reduced by 40%?

Boris Johnson denied 40% reductions to the transport body’s budget during PMQs.

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Is Transport for the North’s budget being reduced by 40%?
1 February 2021

HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion

In effect, all money spent by Scotland on HS2 is returned through the Barnett formula.

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HS2 will not cost Scotland £17 billion
30 July 2020

Shaun Bailey’s comments on the congestion charge lack context

The Conservative London mayoral candidate claimed Sadiq Khan’s decision to raise the congestion charge was his own. It was essentially a requirement of a government bailout package.

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Shaun Bailey’s comments on the congestion charge lack context
2 March 2020

Bus fares have risen faster than wages since 2010

Lisa Nandy said that bus fares have risen 60% in 10 years, which is correct using one estimate, but doesn’t take the change in wages into account.

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Bus fares have risen faster than wages since 2010
7 November 2018

How much does the government subsidise the railways by?

The average rail ticket is 20% more expensive than it was in 1995, and government subsidies for the railways have also increased.

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How much does the government subsidise the railways by?
21 September 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 20 September 2018 came from the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury. Topics covered included the Chequers deal, rail nationalisation, Islamophobia, and party conferences.

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

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