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  • HS2 to hide tunnel vent shafts with 'country barns' in ChilternsRail project’s treatment of area contrasts with that of council estate in inner London HS2 is planning to build tunnel vent shaft “headhouses” in the Chilterns disguised as barns to help appease local opposition to the high-speed rail line.Ministers had long since caved to demands for extra tunnelling so that the line should run underground for most of its passage through the picturesque Chiltern hills. Now, for the few overground structures the tunnel requires, HS2 has unveiled a design that owes more to a farmyard than a railway. Continue reading...
  • Iranian passenger plane forced to change course as US fighter jets approached – reportIran promises political response after several passengers were reportedly injured when Mahan Air plane quickly changed altitudeTwo US fighter jets came close to an Iranian passenger plane over Syrian airspace, causing the pilot to change altitude quickly to avoid collision and injuring several passengers, Iran’s official IRIB news agency reported.The agency initially said a single Israeli jet had come near the plane but later quoted the pilot as saying there were two jets that identified themselves as American. Continue reading...
  • Crossrail opening delayed again due to coronavirusFirst section of Elizabeth line will not open as planned in summer 2021, board saysThe heavily delayed Crossrail will not open as planned in summer 2021 because of delays caused by coronavirus, its board has said.The troubled railway, from Berkshire to Essex via central London, was originally expected to open in December 2018 but repeated delays have pushed it back. Continue reading...

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  • 589 million to kickstart rail upgrades across the NorthTo kickstart work on the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester, 589 million has been confirmed by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. The establishment of a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council dedicated to accelerating vital infrastructure projects and better connecting communities across the Norths towns and cities has also been announced. The most congested section of the route will be doubled from 2 to 4 tracks, allowing fast trains to overtake slower ones, improving journey times and reliability for passengers across the North. Most of the li...

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  • 589m for rail upgrades across the North A multi-million-pound investment has been confirmed today by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, to kickstart work on the Transpennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester. This announcement also comes from the newly established Northern Transport Acceleration Council (NTAC)...

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  • Bus usage remains low but modest growth continues, figures showBus patronage in Britain outside London on Sunday 19 July was 41% of that on an equivalent day, the first time that a figure of 40% or more has been achieved since 21 March. But bus usage is still well below car use as a percentage of an equivalent day, figures from the Department for Transport show.
  • Stagecoach Solutions targets dedicated service marketStagecoach has announced its Stagecoach Solutions product. The group says it will offer a range of sustainable options as alternatives to traditional public transport to deliver more flexible travel for businesses and educational establishments, including dedicated services.
  • South East submits transport devolution bidTransport for the South East wants to formalise its role as the regions’s voice for strategic transport by becoming a statutory body A partnership of local authorities and business leaders in the South East of England have submitted a ground-breaking bid for transport devolution in the region. The proposal from Transport for the South East is designed to boost the region’s economic recovery from the effects of Covid-19 and accelerate investment in sustainable transport as part of a 30-year transport strategy. If agreed by transport secretary Grant Shapps and approved by parliamen...
  • £589m for rail upgrades across the NorthInvestment announced alongside establishment of a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council Transport secretary Grant Shapps will chair the new Northern Transport Acceleration Council To kickstart work on the TransPennine main line between Leeds, Huddersfield and Manchester, £589m has been confirmed today by transport secretary Grant Shapps. The establishment of a new Northern Transport Acceleration Council dedicated to accelerating vital infrastructure projects and better connecting communities across the North’s towns and cities has also been announced. The most congested sec...
  • M23 ranked second worst motorway in the countryDRIVERS have ranked the M23 the second worst motorway in the country.

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