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Ł18bn Crossrail line delayed again to autumn 2021

Europe's largest infrastructure project hit by further setback as costs continue to soarLondon transport authorities do not expect the Ł18bn Crossrail line to open before autumn 2021, in the latest delay to Europe's largest infrastructure project.The capital's transport commissioner said the latest working assumption was that the central section of the Elizabeth line, as Crossrail will be known, will start operating between September and December next year.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps visiting North-East to unveil vision for region's rail network

A GOVERNMENT minister has said about Ł4bn worth of investment was planned for the region's transport network as part of a pledge to repay former coalfield communities for lending the Tories their votes in last month's election.

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  • Ł18bn Crossrail line delayed again to autumn 2021Europe's largest infrastructure project hit by further setback as costs continue to soarLondon transport authorities do not expect the Ł18bn Crossrail line to open before autumn 2021, in the latest delay to Europe's largest infrastructure project.The capital's transport commissioner said the latest working assumption was that the central section of the Elizabeth line, as Crossrail will be known, will start operating between September and December next year.
  • Nissan vows to hold Carlos Ghosn accountable for 'serious misconduct'Carmaker breaks silence to say former chairman has defied Japan’s judicial system and will be pursued via legal channelsNissan has described Carlos Ghosn’s escape from Japan as “extremely regrettable” and vowed to pursue legal action against its former chairman over his “serious misconduct”.In its first public comment since Ghosn skipped bail and fled Japan to Lebanon last week, the automaker said its “robust, thorough internal investigation” had “incontrovertible evidence of various acts of misconduct” by its fugitive former boss. Continue reading...

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  • Edinburgh residents prefer public transport to cars [Subscription]Edinburgh’s transport boss has warned that the days of the car being “king” are over after a survey found most people want to make everyday journeys using public transport.
  • Electric cars lack spark to halt sales fall [subscription]The transport secretary has hailed 2020 as the year when the electric car goes mainstream. Latest industry figures show that electric car sales — those of pure electric, plug-in hybrids and hybrid electrics — have reached 7.3 per cent of the market, or one in every thirteen registrations. One zero-emission car, the Tesla Model 3, made it into December’s top ten bestsellers.

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  • Lord Berkeley says Government must either spend over Ł100bn for HS2 or change approachLord Berkeley, formerly Deputy Chair of the Oakervee Review commissioned by the Government to evaluate the future of HS2, has published his own report evaluating the status of HS2 and suggestions for its future.  He argues that HS2 is the wrong solution to the challenges of improving rail services in the Midlands and North, and that there are alternatives which are cheaper and quicker to implement and can provide commuters in these areas with better daily services. Improvements to the lines to and from London can be delivered without building a new line and causing untold damage to busin...
  • Time-saving road marking robot makes it a happy new year for driversThe quirky machine uses precise positioning technology to mark out where white lines need to be painted on new or resurfaced roads. The robot has already saved hundreds of hours of working time on various Highways England projects across the country, including Britain’s biggest road upgrade, the Ł1.5 billion A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement. It also recently pre-marked eight miles of the M6 in Staffordshire in four hours. This work would usually take two engineers over a week to complete. Savings elsewhere include saving 27 hours of working time marking three miles of har...
  • Passengers to plan journeys down to the minute as big data revitalises country’s bus useBus passengers across England will soon be able to plan their journeys down to the minute thanks to a pioneering project to collate and share bus location data. Buses Minister Baroness Vere has announced a ground-breaking project to standardise and publish information from operators, which will enable bus users to plan routes, estimate journey times and understand costs in advance. It will also provide real-time bus location data so that passengers can travel with confidence. Information on routes and timetables will be available from early 2020, followed by location and fares data by 2021, e...
  • P&O Ferries launches hidden disability sunflower lanyard schemeP&O Ferries has announced the launch of the hidden disability sunflower lanyard scheme across its North Sea routes. The initiative, which is designed to support those who might not have an immediately visible disability and who might need additional assistance while travelling, reinforces P&O Ferries’ commitment to providing accessible travel for all.  Passengers of P&O Ferries sailing between Hull and Rotterdam, and Hull and Zeebrugge, can now request a sunflower lanyard free of charge, to act as a discreet sign to crew members and on-shore staff that they may need extr...

Rail Technology Magazine

  • RIA responds to Lord Berkeley's HS2 'minority' review reportFormer deputy chair of the Oakervee Review of the HS2 project, Lord Tony Berkeley, published a report yesterday (Jan 5) stating that parliament was ‘misled’ over ‘out of control’ costs that he believes could reach over £107bn. Since withdrawing his backing from the...
  • 2020 plan for north-east rail network Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today committed (6 January) to reviving rail connection across the north-east, outlining how new investment will boost the rail network as the government looks to level up infrastructure across the country. On his visit to Horden Peterlee, a new £10.55...

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  • The cargo bike is a pedal-powered SUV – only far coolerWhen it comes to moving people around a city, cars are distinctly sub-optimal. Quite apart from damage to the environment and road danger, it’s a matter of physics; most cities simply don’t have the space to accommodate a single car per inhabitant – not to mention those used by visitors. By contrast, every city can comfortably store a bicycle for… The post The cargo bike is a pedal-powered SUV – only far cooler appeared first on ETA.

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