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  • What can start and stop action on climate crisis [Letters]The UK baked in another record-breaking heatwave last weekend, which was made at least five times more likely by climate change (Report, 3 July). Weather bulletins are naturally the first point of information for events like these.

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  • Sales of hybrid cars plummet after subsidy cut [subscription]The number of green cars sold in Britain has fallen for the first time in two years after the government cut subsidies. Last month 13,314 “alternatively fuelled” cars were registered, 12 per cent less than in June 2018. Sales of pure electric cars rose sharply but this was offset by a huge decrease in the number of hybrids, which run on a combination of battery power and a conventional petrol engine.
  • A far more vigorous response is needed to phase out carbon emissions by 2050 - Matthew Pennycook MP [subscription]Despite fraying on more than one occasion, a remarkable (and at times a little too cosy) cross-party consensus on climate change has held since 2008. Last week, that consensus enabled the UK to adopt a legally-binding target to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 without the need for a vote in parliament.
  • London gives green light to Uber rival [Subscription]London’s transport agency has given Ola of India, one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies, permission to launch its ride-hailing service in London, intensifying competitive pressure on Uber.

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  • Transport anger in North is "bit of a misunderstanding", Chris Grayling saysTransport Secretary has come under fire for comments made on trip to Tyneside. Anger in the North over under-investment in the region’s rail and roads is a “bit of a misunderstanding”, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling says. Mr Grayling said that while the North did need to play “catch up” with some other parts of the country, Government transport spending in the region was now higher than in the South.

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Coach and Bus Week

  • Management buyout at Yellow BusesRATP Dev has announced the sale of its subsidiary Bournemouth Transport Limited (trading as Yellow Buses and Yellow Coaches) to the management team led by David Squire (Managing Director) with Phil Pannell (Service Delivery Director) and Simon Newport (Commercial Director).

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Rail Technology Magazine

  • Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the futureThe move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), examines how to create a green and efficient future. The need to decarbonise our economy has rightfully become a more...
  • LNER Azuma trains to run in Scotland from AugustLondon North Eastern Railway (LNER) plan to run their new Azuma fleet of trains in Scotland from August, the operator announced today. The new trains have been running services on the East Coast mainline since May, but were not able to launch in Scotland due to problems with...
  • Plans for Cardiff's £1bn transport network unveiledCardiff City Council’s ambitious plans for a £1bn travel network in the city have been revealed today. The network proposes a new ‘Cardiff Cross Rail’, a new light rail and tram system running from east to west of the city. Speaking at a Welsh Government Conference on...
  • TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink tramsPassengers will be able to ‘touch-in’ using their contactless cards on Manchester Metrolink trams from July 15, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today. The introduction of the new payment option represents the first aggregated ‘Pay As You Go’ system on...
  • £80m Plymouth station refurbishment plan revealedMasterplans for a major refurbishment of Plymouth’s railway station have been revealed. Plymouth City Council approved a £26m funding package in 2018, working with Great Western Railway (GWR), Network Rail and the University of Plymouth to develop a large-scale regeneration project...

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