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A union has released footage of "toxic" diesel fumes being emitted by a train as it pulls into Leeds' rail depot.

Britains first all-electric bus town to pave the way for green communities of the future

Local areas will be able to apply for funding to become Britain's first fully electric bus town.

Will HS2 really benefit the north?

As the government prepares to give the green light to a new high-speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, Helen Pidd looks at the dire state of transport links in the north of England.

Nicola Sturgeon drawn into CalMac ferries row as state intervention slammed by shipyard boss

Jim McColl, former Ferguson Marine boss, said good work on the vessels in Port Glasgow was 'abandoned' when the state stepped in to nationalise the yard.

Revealed: Tube-style vision for 15bn West Midlands Metro and rail revolution

Andy Street has unveiled plans to open up eight new Metro lines and 21 new rail stations as part of a scheme to revolutionise public transport across the region.

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  • Uber to bring back self-driving cars in California for first time since 2018 deathCalifornia has granted the company a permit to test its autonomous vehicles on public roads California issued a permit to Uber that allows it to test self-driving vehicles on public roads, the state’s department of motor vehicles announced on Wednesday.Uber joined 65 other companies including Apple, Tesla, Lyft and Waymo, that already had authorization to test autonomous vehicles in the state. Continue reading...
  • The Guardian view on HS2: let the train take the strain | EditorialHS2 is well behind schedule and over budget. It can only work as part of an integrated transport plan designed to cut carbon“When in a hole, stop digging” is an iron law of politics, but not one that Boris Johnson recognises. He made his name by flouting conventional wisdom and gives the impression there’s no reason to stop. In the case of High Speed 2 – a railway where costs have doubled to around £100bn – he joked to schoolchildren last week that with a hole this big “the only thing to do is keep digging”. Yet Mr Johnson knows the arguments are finely balanced: between those who claim the sc...
  • Will HS2 really benefit the north?As the government prepares to give the green light to a new high-speed rail line between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds, Helen Pidd looks at the dire state of transport links in the north of England.
  • Rough ride-share: why drivers are also at risk of violenceUber and Lyft drivers are carrying weapons and adding safety features to their cars to protect themselves from violence. Here's a tip for ride-share drivers: don't skimp on the weapons. So says Orlando Starr, a gig-economy road warrior who clocks 850 billable miles a week in south Florida.

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  • Eurostar sets its sights on more growth Eurostar chief executive Mike Cooper has told Railnews he is hoping that the next stage of Eurostars development will see its route network extended into Germany. A key factor is the proposed merger of Eurostar and Thalys, which already runs high speed trains between Paris or Lille to Brussels, continuing from there to Amsterdam or Germany, where Thalys serves a number of cities including Cologne, Dsseldorf, Essen and Dortmund. Eurostar ran a preview service for invited guests from Amsterdam to London on 4 February. It was the first time that a train for London had carried passengers from t...

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  • Sniffer Bikes monitor air pollution levels on the goThe Sniffer Bike is a pedal-powered laboratory mobile particulate matter sensor that aims to raise awareness about air pollution. Developed as an open-source project, the Sniffer Bike is a small box of handlebar-mounted electronics that measures the air every ten seconds and presents the data on an interactive dashboard, which can then be shared to build a picture of The post Sniffer Bikes monitor air pollution levels on the go appeared first on ETA.

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