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Electric buses launched in Glasgow in bid to cut emissions

Electric buses are being launched in Glasgow on a commercial route for the first time since the 1960s. Bus company First Glasgow said the introduction of the two vehicles was a "statement of intent" as Glasgow aims to become a "net zero" city.

Fare-dodging forces closure of rear doors on New Routemaster bus

TfL announces latest U-turn over vehicles Boris Johnson introduced as London mayor. The New Routemaster buses that Boris Johnson commissioned for London at huge expense, reintroducing rear doors, are to have them closed to boarding because of widespread fare evasion.

Final Heathrow expansion plans will 'test' Johnson's climate change commitments

The final planning application for Heathrow’s third runway will be a ‘test’ of Boris Johnson’s commitment to tackling climate change, according to the Shadow Transport Secretary.

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  • Fare-dodging forces closure of rear doors on New Routemaster busTfL announces latest U-turn over vehicles Boris Johnson introduced as London mayor. The New Routemaster buses that Boris Johnson commissioned for London at huge expense, reintroducing rear doors, are to have them closed to boarding because of widespread fare evasion.
  • Iran admits shooting down Ukrainian airliner 'unintentionally'‘Human error’ blamed as admission comes after initial denials were contradicted by western allies’ intelligenceIran has admitted that its military made an “unforgivable mistake” in unintentionally shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people onboard, after days of rejecting western intelligence reports that pointed to Tehran being responsible.A military statement on Saturday morning via state TV blamed “human error” for the downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 on Wednesday in the tense aftermath of strikes on US targets. It was followed by an apology from Iran’s p...

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  • New Routemaster buses to become front-boarding onlyAll New Routemasters will be converted to make the middle and rear doors exit only following a successful pilot on the route 8 that reduced fare evasion without affecting the reliability of the route. The New Routemasters currently allow boarding through all doors, but this has seen fare evaders deprive London’s transport network of millions of pounds of vital revenue. Fare evasion on New Routemasters is more than double the rate of other buses, with Transport for London (TfL) estimating that more than £3.6m is lost each year on New Routemasters. The current system also means that...
  • Glasgow goes back to the future with unveiling of new electric buses for the cityFirst Glasgow will roll out two all-electric buses as it becomes the city’s first commercial bus operator to introduce state-of-the-art fully-electric vehicles onto a commercial bus route since the 1960s, following funding from electricity distributor SP Energy Networks.    The new buses are a statement of intent for the city’s transport, as they look to join the electric revolution to help meet their bold target of net zero emissions by 2030. The launch of these vehicles means the city has now come full circle back to fully electric transport on commercial routes for the...

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  • ScotRail 19 month-high for trains running on timeScotland’s Railway is celebrating the highest number of trains running on time since June 2018, a 19 month-high for the franchise. Customers of ScotRail are enjoying the benefits of a huge infrastructure investment and £475m spent on new and upgraded trains. The new figures...
  • Elizabeth line completion update from Crossrail Ltd Today (10 January) Crossrail Ltd issued its latest update on progress to complete the Elizabeth line. They have confirmed their plans to open the central section between Paddington and Abbey Wood in summer in 2021. The central section is currently on time with construction and should be...


  • Franchising crisis deepens as West Midlands joins the doubtful list The rail franchising crisis is deepening, with West Midlands Trains now joining the list of contracts in doubt. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also confirmed that contingency plans are being developed to replace Northern. In the Commons, Mr Johnson has told MPs that ˜bell is tolling for West Midlands rail™, while Labour™s shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald has urged ministers to ˜turn off the life support™ for ˜zombie franchises™.

Aviation Industry

  • Boeing Fought Lion Air On Proposed MAX Simulator Training RequirementBoeing’s efforts to keep 737 Next Generation and MAX training as similar as possible included limiting external discussion of the maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) as early as 2013, as well as an aggressive lobbying effort to dissuade Lion Air from requiring simulator sessions for its pilots, new documents released by the manufacturer reveal.

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  • London City Airport had a record breaking year in 2019Over five million passengers travelled through London City Airport last year, making 2019 the busiest year in the airport’s history. Publishing its official annual passenger figures, London’s most central airport announced that a total of 5,100,025 passengers flew in to and out of the airport in 2019. The figure is a year-on-year increase of 6.3 percent which has been driven by the launch of new routes combined with additional flights and larger aircraft with more seats on existing routes.
  • Brentford & Isleworth MP in favour of stopping Heathrow ExpansionLocal MP Ruth Cadbury has slammed the latest announcement that Heathrow Airport will be holding another consultation on expansion, between April and June 2020.
  • Decade of ascendency: New hydrogen fuel cell capacity surpassed 1GW in 2019 More than 1GW of global hydrogen fuel capacity was added in 2019, marking the first time the sector has surpassed the gigawatt milestone, with experts claiming that this could be a decade of "ascendency" for the technology.
  • Electric buses to operate in Glasgow for first time in 60 years Electric buses will run on a commercial route in Glasgow for the first time since the 1960s, after bus operator First Glasgow introduced two new vehicles to assist with the city's net-zero aspirations.

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