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Scientists find out why leaves on the track causes travel chaos

Leaf tannins dissolve metal in train tracks, which reduces friction between steel surfacesLeaves on the line are a notorious headache for commuters and train companies alike, causing costly delays. Now scientists say they have unpicked why fallen foliage makes rails so slippery.When leaves are crushed against the tracks, they form a black layer that drastically reduces friction between train wheels and the rails – a situation Network Rail has described as “the black ice of the railway”. But the make up of this slippery layer has been something of a puzzle. Continue reading...

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  • Scientists find out why leaves on the track causes travel chaosLeaf tannins dissolve metal in train tracks, which reduces friction between steel surfacesLeaves on the line are a notorious headache for commuters and train companies alike, causing costly delays. Now scientists say they have unpicked why fallen foliage makes rails so slippery.When leaves are crushed against the tracks, they form a black layer that drastically reduces friction between train wheels and the rails – a situation Network Rail has described as “the black ice of the railway”. But the make up of this slippery layer has been something of a puzzle. Continue reading...

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  • Heathrow sinks to record loss [subscription]Chief executive John Holland-Kaye calls on the Government to introduce a virus testing regime at UK airports. Heathrow has sunk to a record half-year loss after the pandemic sent passenger numbers plunging at Britain's biggest airport.

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  • BPA to conduct major review of port transport and infrastructure connectivityThe British Ports Association (BPA) is launching a major new review of UK port connectivity. This work will highlight to government and local authorities where post-Coronavirus investment in infrastructure can be concentrated in order to maximise economic growth and speed up the recovery. This will look at infrastructure outside of ports such as road and rail links but also broadening out to assess energy and digital capabilities. The BPA is inviting ports to submit an inventory of required external improvements to connectivity infrastructure. This will be used to examine the progress made sin...

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  • Scottish rail decarbonisation plan unveiled Today (28th July) Transport Secretary Michael Matheson launched his blueprint to decarbonise Scotland’s passenger rail services by 2035.   The Cabinet Secretary was speaking during a visit to ScotRail’s Shields Road electric fleet depot where he revealed Transport...
  • Network Rail continue work to secure street next to West Coast main line Multi-million-pound work to secure land next to the West Coast main line in Stoke-on-Trent begins its second phase next month to make freight and passengers more reliable. The £4m Railway Upgrade Plan investment will stop a suburban street from gradually edging into a railway cutting...

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  • ‘Economy can’t restart without public transport’Report finds £2bn bus investment would generate 425 million new bus journeys per year.     Research commissioned by industry lobby group Greener Journeys has found that investing in bus would deliver a significant boost to the economy. Prior to Covid-19, the bus was the main mode of access to city centres, responsible for a third of city centre expenditure. Bus commuters were generating £64bn in goods and services every year. However, the impact of months of government urging people to avoid public transport has taken its toll. The new research undertaken by KPMG shows that £2bn of i...
  • Public backs bus and cycle investment40% of 2,000 polled want to see investment in local bus services     Britons back government investment in bus services and cycling according to new research commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Green New Deal. According to the poll of 2,000 British adults by Opinium, 40% of people want to see investment in local bus services, and 37% want investment in cycling infrastructure. By comparison, fewer than one in seven people want money spent on more or bigger roads. It suggests that public-backing for low carbon transport has soared since lockdown on the back ...
  • NZ Companies Collaborate to Build Electric FerriesNew Zealand companies HamiltonJet and EV Maritime have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build advanced composite, battery-powered commuter ferries.Their cooperation was formalized at HamiltonJet’s Christchurch headquarters in May, in the presence of Hon Dr Megan Woods…
  • UK unveils cycling and walking stimulus planPrime Minister Boris Johnson launched a £2 billion package on Monday (27 July) aimed at incentivising walking and cycling as the UK lockdown eases. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.
  • Boris Johnson unveils £2bn boost for walking and cycling infrastructure Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a £2bn package aimed at incentivising walking and cycling as the UK lockdown eases.

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