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London to Edinburgh is £20 in standard class, £40 in first, with bargains also available to and from Leeds, York and Newcastle

The future of urban transport is human-powered

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Heathrow bosses accuse government Covid travel rules of "strangling the economy"

Heathrow bosses today declared quarantines that have grounded 60% of its routes are "strangling the economy" and repeated its calls on the government to open up testing at airports for Covid-19 so flights can get back to something resembling normality.

Nottingham-led green transport project receives Government backing

A University of Nottingham-led research and development project aimed at establishing the Midlands as a “supercluster” for net zero transport is one of 17 research projects across the UK which will receive up to £50,000 each to drive local economic growth, provide skills training and create high-value jobs.

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  • Giant machines for HS2's Chilterns tunnels unveiledTwo tunnelling machines bought to help build HS2 have been unveiled by the firm behind the high-speed rail line. The excavators will bore a 10 mile (16km) tunnel through part of the Chilterns, from a site near the M25 to near South Heath in Buckinghamshire,

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  • HS2 welcomes two boring Germans [subscription]Cecilia and Florence are Germans of prodigious girth, weighing about 2,000 tonnes each and destined to spend most of their working life scraping away the earth somewhere beneath the Chilterns.

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  • MERS offer £9,000 to Isle of Man Railways to operate Snaefell Mountain Railway in 125th anniversary yearWhen announcements were made in July about the Manx Electric Railway and Isle of Man Steam Railway resuming operation in time for the school holidays it was confirmed at the same time that both the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway and Snaefell Mountain Railway would be running in 2020. For the Snaefell line this would mean that it would completely miss its 125th anniversary (21st August) year. But now the Manx Electric Railway Society have offered £9,000 to allow its operation for 3 weeks around this anniversary.

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  • East Yorkshire’s first luxury bike buses arrive on the region’s roadsHull and East Yorkshire will become one of the first areas in the country to have bike-friendly buses, in a £2m investment by one of the region’s leading public transport operators. Bus company East Yorkshire has bought eight state of the art, environmentally friendly new double decker buses, costing £260,000 each, all of which have special racks to carry bikes on board. From 10 August the cycle-friendly buses will be rolled out onto the company’s flagship X46 & 45 routes between Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Pocklington and York, and between Bridlington, Driffie...
  • RH Bodyworks protecting bus drivers from Covid-19 with fully sealed cabinsBus drivers on the frontline in the global pandemic are being protected with fully sealed protective cabins made by RH Bodyworks. The Suffolk-based accident-repair specialist was commissioned to design a permanent solution to protect bus drivers from infection while on frontline duty. It has now made more than 100 units for a London bus operator. Andy Sage, General Manager at RH Bodyworks, said: “It is a great project to be involved in. We do feel that we are making a difference and helping to protect essential workers against the pandemic.” Most buses already had a...

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  • HS2 searching for high voltage power supply systems With the green light for construction given a few weeks ago, HS2 have today (10 Aug) began the search for expert contractors to deliver the high voltage power supply systems. These systems will transfer electricity to the UK’s new high-speed rail link and allow millions of people to enjoy...
  • Northern supports song writing workshops in the community As part of the Northern supported project Lyric and Line, singer-song writer Gareth Davies-Jones has been working with three groups with additional needs, using music to explore the adventure of traveling by train, and the obstacles they may face doing so. Gareth worked with Gibside School, a...

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  • Rail Live falls victim to coronavirus This year™s Rail Live has been cancelled. The rail industry event had been planned to take place at Long Marston in Warwickshire on 9 and 10 September. The organisers have blamed ˜the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 restrictions™.

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  • Nottingham-led green transport project receives Government backingA University of Nottingham-led research and development project aimed at establishing the Midlands as a “supercluster” for net zero transport is one of 17 research projects across the UK which will receive up to £50,000 each to drive local economic growth, provide skills training and create high-value jobs.

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