In the non-personal travel news, London's Fire Commissioner sets an example for the TfL bosses in the wake of their expenses scandal. I particularly like the phrasing from mayorwatch.co.uk:
"Commissioner Dobson’s expenses are dominated by a fixed special payment made in lieu of any monthly mileage or standard travel claims and which is paid 'in recognition of the on call requirements placed upon the Commissioner.'
"That all seems reasonable because fires, as the Fire Brigades Union has told us a few times, don’t happen at regular, predictable and scheduled times. Unlike presumably the meetings of senior TfL officials who get a free Oyster card yet still need taxis to get through their schedules.
"Also wholly absent from the Brigade management’s claims are toy vehicles, hotel Wifi and magazines."This morning in the car, I briefly overheard on Magic FM a story about the UK having the worst and most expensive rail service in Europe. I wasn't really paying attention at the time, hence my vagueness. I've been unable to track it down, so if anyone knows what I'm talking about and point me in the direction of a link, I'd be very grateful, since this will scupper TfL's draconian attempts to control the news agenda and remove detrimental stories...