Transport

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

23 June 2022

Which train operating companies are run by other countries’ governments?

A list spreading on Facebook claims 17 train operators are fully or partly owned by state-run companies from abroad. But the list is out of date.

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Which train operating companies are run by other countries’ governments?
21 June 2022

Popular tips on filling cars with petrol don’t offer big savings

A widely-circulated selection of tips on how to save money when filling your car is unlikely to provide any economic benefit.

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Popular tips on filling cars with petrol don’t offer big savings
17 June 2022

No evidence of a ‘plan’ to cause travel disruption

We can find no evidence to support claims that travel disruption at airports is part of a deliberate attempt to stop people travelling. And there’s plenty of evidence for staff …

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No evidence of a ‘plan’ to cause travel disruption
20 May 2022

How many jobs has Crossrail created?

After Boris Johnson claimed at PMQs that 72,000 jobs have been delivered by Crossrail, we’ve looked at the numbers.

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How many jobs has Crossrail created?
3 May 2022

Boris Johnson’s GMB interview: fact checked

The Prime Minister made claims about the UK’s economic growth, council tax, and his record on bus passes while Mayor of London.

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Boris Johnson’s GMB interview: fact checked
18 March 2022

Why is petrol more expensive now than it was 15 years ago?

International oil prices recently reached similar levels to 2008, but pump prices haven’t dropped to what they were back then.

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Why is petrol more expensive now than it was 15 years ago?
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?

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