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Sensors are to be used to track cars’ movements around cities to control traffic lights and cut congestion. York is believed to be the first city in Britain to use high-tech beacons that can detect drivers’ mobile phones and signals from vehicles themselves to monitor traffic flows.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

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  • Want younger volunteers? Give them all free bus travelabour’s policy, unveiled on 11 April, of offering free bus passes to young people aged under 25 has been described as modest. It’s part of the party’s wider policy of getting more local bus services back into direct council control. But one sector is jumping for joy at the possibility of even that modest contribution towards young people’s travel. Charities that work with young volunteers believe the move would help them find and retain more people.

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  • Mobile phone signals used to predict traffic flow [Subscription]Sensors are to be used to track cars’ movements around cities to control traffic lights and cut congestion. York is believed to be the first city in Britain to use high-tech beacons that can detect drivers’ mobile phones and signals from vehicles themselves to monitor traffic flows.

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  • New bus services to hit the roadThe new routes starting a week on Monday will be the number 14 Kingswells to Aberdeen city centre via Westburn Road, the 15A from Craigiebuckler to the city centre through Airyhall in the evenings and the 40 running from Guild Street to Dubford (Shielhill) on Sundays.

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  • Alstom bags 12-year Caledonian Sleeper maintenance dealAlstom has been awarded a £15m maintenance contract for the Class 92 Caledonian Sleeper locomotives. The company already manages the maintenance of the carriages, and will continue to do so once the new Sleeper carriages are introduced later this year. Nick Crossfield, managing director...
  • Organisation launched to represent northern rail industryThe launch of a new organisation representing the northern rail industry has been announced. Northern Rail Industry Leaders (NRIL) says that it will aim to deliver the skills, innovation and talent required for the north’s ambitious transport infrastructure plans. The announcement comes...

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  • Shannon Airport targets LCCs for transatlantic operationsIreland’s Shannon Airport (SNN) is targeting LCCs that operate or plan to operate Airbus A321LR and Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to use the airport for transatlantic flights to the US and Canada, according to a top airport official. read more
  • Seatback IFE not dead, says Lufthansa Systems For some years now, pundits have argued that airline passengers will turn to their own electronic devices for IFE rather and that the traditional seatback screens are about to die out. read more

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  • Cabinet Secretary announces £25.9m in Local Transport GrantsLocal authorities in Wales will today find out their allocated slice of £25.9m worth of transport grants.
  • Dortmund again relies on systems expertise from Kiepe Electric Dortmund public utilities company DSW21 has commissioned the modernization of 64 LRVs and ordered another 24 new vehicles. All electrical systems for both subprojects are to be supplied by Düsseldorf-based systems specialist Kiepe Electric, a member of the Knorr-Bremse Group.  As a system supplier, Kiepe Electric is responsible for the project planning, delivery, assembly and commissioning of the electrical systems. The new, high-floor, bi-directional light rail vehicles are powered by advanced three-phase drive, while the driver’s cabs are equipped with ergonomic multifunction displays ...

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