Transport

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

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
15 August 2018

Fair fares? How much are season tickets increasing by?

Train season tickets for commuters are rising by 3.2% next year – higher than wages are rising.

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Fair fares? How much are season tickets increasing by?
29 June 2018

Is Heathrow just for high flyers?

More people flying from Heathrow are on connecting flights or business trips than most other London airports. The majority are still leisure travellers and on non-connecting flights.

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Is Heathrow just for high flyers?
15 June 2018

England v Wales: how bad are the roads?

In Wales, 11% of A, B and C roads are in poor condition.

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England v Wales: how bad are the roads?
15 June 2018

Electric railways and tidal lagoons: has Wales lost out?

Has the government withdrawn promises of investment in Wales for electrification and a tidal lagoon?

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Electric railways and tidal lagoons: has Wales lost out?

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