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Tuesday, 24 July 2018

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  • Now get ready for first self-driving BUSES Stagecoach, one of Britain’s biggest transport operators, revealed it will trial a full-sized driverless bus later this year. It will run autonomously at UK depots – driving itself to refuelling and wash points.

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  • Fabricant backs HS4 routeA proposed new 'M25-style' high speed rail route has been backed by a Tory MP – who has cast doubt over whether it will ever be built.

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  • Government’s litmus test on finally delivering £780m rail improvements While on initial inspection, it would be churlish not to welcome the confirmation of £780m of funding to pay for much-needed improvements to rail services in Yorkshire, the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May timed, to coincide with her Cabinet’s visit to the North-East, demands further scrutiny.

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  • Former AECOM infrastructure boss joins HS2 top teamThe chief executive of an international construction firm will join HS2 Ltd as its chief operating officer. Richard Robinson will join HS2 from AECOM, where he was chief executive of civil infrastructure in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. Robinson will support CEO Mark Thurston to...
  • Four bidders in final stages for Network Rail assetsNetwork Rail is nearing the end of the process to sell off its giant 5,500 infrastructure estate across England and Wales worth as much as £1.2bn. Following Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust’s withdrawal from the race last week, the government-financed network is confident it will...

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