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  • Manchester cycle network plan could be national blueprint, says BurnhamMayor urges backing as report sets out predicted gains from walking and cycling schemeA joined-up cycling and walking network in Greater Manchester could provide a national blueprint for reducing congestion and air pollution and improving health, a report says.Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, and Chris Boardman, the region’s cycling and walking commissioner, are calling on the government to back plans for an 1,800-mile network of protected routes for pedestrians and cyclists. Continue reading...

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  • New powers for the police to enforce drone lawsThe government has acted to give police forces across the country new powers to tackle the misuse of unmanned aircraft, including drones, as the Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill has its second reading in Parliament. The legislation will give the police new powers to land, inspect and seize drones if an offence has been committed and a warrant is secured. Drone users could also face an on the spot fine for certain offences such as failing to provide evidence that they have the correct permissions and exemptions if found to be flying their device too high or too close to build...
  • World’s largest twin-engine jet completes first flightBoeing has successfully completed the first test flight of the world's largest twin-engined plane, the 777X. It comes as the firm attempts to boost its image after its 737 Max plane was grounded last year following two fatal crashes that killed 346 people. The flight took off near Seattle and lasted four hours. Two attempts were called off this week due to high winds. Further tests are needed before the aircraft enters service with Emirates next year. The 252-foot-long passenger plane had been due to launch this year but has been delayed by some technical difficulties. The 777X is a large...
  • Go North East to launch innovative pollution-busting bus to help clean up urban airGo North East, part of the Go-Ahead Group, is rolling out its unique ‘Air Filtering Bus’ to help tackle pollution in Newcastle and Gateshead and will be deployed to rotate across a variety of routes in the area. Go North East is part of Go-Ahead’s national roll out of its Air Filtering Bus into six cities throughout the UK as the group accelerates plans to have the greenest fleet of buses in the country. The single-decker buses – which strip pollutant particles from the air as they drive – are also being deployed in Brighton, Manchester, Oxford, Plymouth and Cra...
  • Uber logs 28,000 safety complaints about London driversNearly 28,000 safety-related complaints were made about Uber drivers in London in a six-month period, it has emerged. The safety concerns were among almost 600,000 complaints made to the firm between December 2018 and May 2019. The figures were included in a newly released letter from Transport for London (TfL) which sets out its reasons for not granting Uber a private hire vehicle operator licence. Uber said safety was its
  • Third generation mariner to turbocharge the future of maritime’s brightest talentA third-generation mariner has been appointed chair of a new skills commission, Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani announced during her visit to the Port of Tilbury. Professor Graham Baldwin will lead the Maritime Skills Commission, which is being set up to better understand the existing and future skills needs of the industry both on land and at sea. It will future proof training for the 220,100 people working in the sector, including for the 27,000 employed at ports around the country. Starting work in the coming months, the commission will bring together leading maritime experts to report on t...
  • More towns and cities to get air-filtering busesBuses that filter pollution from the atmosphere are to be introduced to six more towns and cities after a trial. Go-Ahead's buses have fans on the roof that suck particles into filters. The technology was trialled on the company's Bluestar buses in Southampton and resulted in 65g of pollutants - the weight of a tennis ball - removed from the air in a 100-day period. The buses will be rolled out in Oxford, Plymouth, Newcastle, Manchester, Crawley and Brighton from the summer. A further five buses are also due to be brought into service in Southampton next month. Go-Ahead chief executive Da...
  • Financing decarbonisation of the freight transport sectorCILT members are invited to join Decarbonising UK Freight Transport on 18th February for expert led discussions on enabling greater investment in freight transport decarbonisation. Held at Country Hall, London, the event will consist of This event will consist of panel led and group discussions that will seek to answer questions on the following topics: 1. The nature of decisions investors are making today, that have an effect on decarbonisation 2. The thresholds and accuracy of evidence that investors need to make decarbonisation-aligned decisions 3. The stakeholders that they need to &ls...
  • Bus use falling steeply in England but new markets emergingA new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC), Britain’s leading pan-transport think tank, uncovers major changes in travel behaviour across the bus market in England over the past decade. Against a backdrop of falling overall bus usage in spite of significant population growth, the report shows that the traditional core market for the bus has been shrinking. Today’s bus travel is shaped around a smaller number of higher-intensity users, with each passenger outside London making an additional 5% journeys than in 2009. The report – “The shape of changing bus...

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  • ORR launch signalling systems market studyThe Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and address them if appropriate, taking into account various economic drivers, consumer patterns and...
  • Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim WoodDirector Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transport for the North, Tim Wood, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss benefits and opportunities the NPH Rail can bring. Gain insider information on the progress of Northern Powerhouse Rail from the Director himself. With hosts Emily Rodgers...
  • 120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in fullOver 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter, published on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, outlines the importance of completing HS2...


  • Northern franchise likely to end within days Transport secretary Grant Shapps is reported to be preparing an announcement about the ending of the Northern franchise, which seems likely to be made on Thursday. The chances of the present Arriva Trains North contract being replaced by a shorter-term alternative are now being discounted in favour of a complete return to public ownership under the Department for Transport™s Operator of Last Resort. A return of Northern to public control is set to be welcomed by politicians in the north of England, some of whom have been voicing opposition to a new, shorter management contract staying in the ...

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