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CHIP AND PALM Swedish commuters are paying for train journeys with a microchip embedded in their HAND

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Civic chiefs got the go-ahead from Whitehall in April to invest £173.5m in a package of schemes including a bus-rail link to Leeds Bradford Airport and new train stations at the White Rose Shopping Centre and Thorpe Park.

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Lord Adonis plays down fears General Election result poses threat to planned major infrastructure projects, including construction of HS2 and Crossrail 2.

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  • UK car insurers saw losses of £3.5bn in 2016 due to new compensation rulesCut in the Ogden rate, which affects compensation for serious injuries, will see insurance premiums rise, with young drivers the worst hit, says a reportBritain’s car insurers suffered combined losses of £3.5bn last year due to controversial new compensation rules for serious injuries, according to a report which predicts further sharp rises in insurance premiums, especially for young drivers.Consultancy EY said the new Ogden formula led to significant underwriting losses for the motor insurance market in 2016. The unexpectedly deep cut in the Ogden rate, from 2.5% to -0.75%, prompted a furiou...
  • Side street routes to avoid city pollution can cut exposure by halfClean air signposts and online walking maps to sidestep diesel fumes would benefit public health, finds study
  • Street wars 2035: can cyclists and driverless cars ever co-exist?Driverless cars appear unstoppable – except of course you can simply walk in front of one and force it to brake. Could this conundrum eventually mean a return to a dystopian world of segregated urban highways?
  • Air pollution is killing wildlife and peopleMeasures to cut air pollution need to be extended beyond urban areas, say representatives of six wildlife organisations. Plus Dr Richard Carter warns that avoiding main roads won’t protect you from small particulates
  • The Passengers That Took On the Train Line review – fascinating journey to inevitable disappointmentThe Passengers That Took On the Train Line (BBC2). In 2016, with the contract for Southeastern trains – which, like Southern, is run by the UK’s busiest rail operator, Govia – due to expire in six months, Peretti found five dissatisfied commuters (it didn’t take long) and followed their bid to take over the franchise

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  • Forget Heathrow, it's time to take Luton airport seriouslyThe latest tourism figures show that London’s popularity remains high, while a recent British Chamber of Commerce survey showed that over a third of UK SMEs are planning to invest more in selling abroad over the next five years.

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  • Trams now 'benchmark for excellence' for passenger satisfaction in rail The tram network is setting the bar for passenger satisfaction across the UK rail industry according to consumer champion Transport Focus, which has found that people are very satisfied with the performance of light rail operators. In its latest Tram Passenger Survey (TPS), Transport Focus found...
  • GWML electrification progresses with completion of Wiltshire worksElectrification work on the Great Western Main Line has taken a step forward today as Network Rail announced it had successfully upgraded the railway in Swindon and Royal Wootton Bassett. Engineers worked over the weekend of 10 and 11 of June to lower the track beneath Hunts Mill Bridge in...

  • Tram passengers give thumbs up in survey Passengers on trams outside London are more likely to be happy with their journeys than people using trains or buses. The findings are published today by watchdog Transport Focus in its latest Tram Passenger Survey, which says trams scored an overall satisfaction rating of 93 per cent. Some individual systems did better still, with Edinburgh Trams reaching 99 per cent. However, Transport Focus sees some possible sources of dissatisfaction, particularly as the result of disruption caused by building tramway extensions.

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  • Beer train launchedBELGIUM: Rail freight operator Lineas ran a pilot service carrying Jupiler beer from AB InBev’s...

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  • Turn your bicycle into a cargo bike transformerThe latest bike concept to become a reality thanks to crowd funding is TreGo, a modular design that promises to turn any bicycle into a cargo bike. While it might look like the�marriage between the urban bicycle and a porter’s trolley, the TreGo is full of hidden surprises. According to its makers, the TReGo has the benefits of a traditional… The post Turn your bicycle into a cargo bike transformer appeared first on ETA.
  • Volvo sees electric buses as future of public transportVehicle manufacturer Volvo has reiterated its commitment to electric buses as the ‘future of urban public transport’ at a summit in London.

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  • MEET THE 89-YEAR-OLD REINVENTING THE TRAIN IN HIS BACKYARDON A CLEAR, sunny day at a vineyard in the northern California town of Ukiah, a most unusual train chugs through a field of barely budding syrah grapes. Well, it doesn't chug so much as whoosh because this train—actually, a one-sixth scale train—doesn't rely upon a diesel engine or electricity to get around. It uses vacuum power and heavy duty magnets.

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