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Utility companies will be forced to maintain roads for five years after digging them up under government plans to eradicate potholes.

The end is in sight for Pacer trains, but they served their purpose

Pacer trains - nicknamed ‘bus trains’ - have for many people been the bane of their commuting lives. Constructed from a bus body attached to a freight train base, commuters associate them with draughty carriages and noisy journeys.

Residents deliver scathing criticism of Grayling's support for increased Heathrow flight paths

Embattled Transport Secretary and Epsom and Ewell MP Chris Grayling came under fire from constituents over his support for Heathrow Airport's expansion today (March 5).

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  • Good Growth: Barking RiversideLucinda Turner, Transport for London’s (TfL) director of spatial planning, argues that transport investment is the key to unlock good growth in a city. Despite recent economic shocks, London’s population continues to grow. By 2041, the city’s population is expected to grow to...
  • Predicting system failures before they occurProfessor Lukumon Oyedele is assistant vice-chancellor and chair professor of enterprise and project management at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). He also runs its Big Data Enterprise and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Big-DEAL). Here, he explains i-RAMP, a potentially...
  • Lord Berkeley: TransPennine freight is being sidelined Lord Berkeley, former chairman of the Rail Freight Group, makes the case for extra freight capacity across the proposed TransPennine route upgrades. Freight has suffered from the lack of capacity across the Pennines, especially for container trains needing W10 or W12 gauge. This has been a...
  • TfL to reduce services on London Overground line after delays to new trains strike againLondon Overground services between Gospel Oak and Barking will be forced to operate reduced services every 30 minutes after TfL revealed that new Class 710 electric trains were still not ready for passenger use. The trains, originally due to be in service in spring last year, have been hit by a...
  • DfT declares electrification of Midland Main Line to be extended to LeicestershireThe electrification of the Midland Main Line is to be extended to Leicestershire, the DfT has confirmed. Responding to a parliamentary question, rail minister Andrew Jones said Network Rail had been instructed to design an extension of electrification infrastructure from Kettering to Market...
  • Transport and Connectivity at EvoNorth 2019Under the banner of the Northern Powerhouse, transport has been one of the most prevalent themes in advancing the businesses and people who live and operate inside the region. Following the grand announcement of the £70bn transport masterplan in January, the topic of conversation at...
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