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London North Eastern Railway said it will be first UK's first train operator to offer such a service.

Don’t let Dominic Cummings axe eastern leg of HS2 through Leeds and Sheffield – Andrew Adonis

DOMINIC Cummings is considering axing the eastern leg of HS2 serving Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Derby.

Underground tunnels and a 24-hour service - inside the plans for Cambs' metro

The mayor cannot say when construction may start on the first sections of the metro

Ambitious plans for continuous electrified east coast rail line by 2035 unveiled

A continuous electrified line from Edinburgh through Fife to Dundee and onto Aberdeen is among the key aims of a new plan to decarbonise most of Scotland’s rail network by 2035.

Bus accessibility fail is open to legal challenge, peer warns

Equality campaigner Lord Holmes has warned there could be legal grounds to challenge the Government's failure to regulate for the inclusion of accessibility data in its Bus Open Data plans.

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  • Crossrail: An extra £140m need to complete surface lineCrossrail needs an additional £140m to complete its surface lines, the government has announced. The project, Europe's largest transport scheme, was due to open in December 2018 but has been beset by delays. The additional costs on the Network Rail-run section of the line are not related to the coronavirus pandemic. A new funding package will need to be developed with
  • Heathrow Airport brings in robots to fight coronavirusDisinfection robots have been installed at Heathrow Airport as part of measures to help keep the passengers and staff safe from the coronavirus. Previously used to tackle hospital acquired infections, the machines move through the airport terminals disinfecting high risk touch points like bathrooms and lifts. The robots use ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill viruses and stop them replicating. The airport has also brought in other features including anti-viral wraps on escalators, and trolleys and passenger temperature checks. See the video here.
  • Stagecoach tries to innovate as bus passenger numbers fallBus operator Stagecoach has warned investors that passenger numbers may not return for years. The Perth-based transport company has set out wide-ranging innovations to bring people on board. The operator is looking overseas to diversify, with bids to take over services in Dubai and Sweden, as a way to rely less on the UK bus industry. Stagecoach ended its railway operations following a disagreement over terms with the UK Government. Its warning about long-term reduced passenger numbers follows the steep decline with the introduction of lockdown, while it has been subsidised by governments ...
  • CILT responds to £589m government announcement for Transpennine upgradeGrant Shapps has committed a further £589m to kick start work on the Transpennine Upgrade and flagged a significant enhancement to the previously proposed scheme.  Estimated to cost £2.9bn, this would have provided only partial electrification and made no provision for freight. Unsurprisingly, this was considered by many to offer poor value for money, leaving the key central section over the Pennines between Stalybridge and Huddersfield – and Leeds to York - unwired. Whilst the DfT press release was not categorical about what the new proposal involved, it gave a strong i...
  • ‘Smart ant’ algorithms cut vehicle fleet emissions in halfFleets of commercial vehicles that operate in large towns and cities could halve their emissions and better meet clean air targets using a new technology developed by Aston University researchers, which imitates how ants share knowledge, scaling them up to real world problems - such as optimising routes around busy cities. The software, which has been developed and tested by computer scientists in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Aston University, in Birmingham, under the Think Beyond Data initiative, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) uses a method...

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  • UK Government urged to collaborate on Global Centre of Rail Excellence Welsh Government tell UK Government to be quick if they want to play a part in the delivery of the world leading project. The Global Centre for Rail Excellence would generate a world leading facility for research, growth and testing of rail technology in South-West-Wales. Benefits of the centre...

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  • Airbus feels full impact of worldwide aviation sector groundingPlane maker Airbus has seen a 39% reduction in interim revenues, it reported today. The group, which employs around 6,000 staff at its wing-making plant in Broughton, near Chester, has been badly hit by the global downturn in the aviation sector following the coronavirus pandemic.

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