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  • Scottish green hydrogen scheme gears up to fuel ferries, buses and trainsScottish Power’s wind and solar farms will soon help produce green hydrogen to run buses, ferries and even trains as part of a pioneering strategic partnership to develop the UK’s nascent hydrogen economy.
  • Thomas Cook relaunches as online travel agentCustomers can now tailor their own holidays after parent company and Club Med owner Fosun gains Atol licence. Thomas Cook is being resurrected as an online-only travel business, exactly a year after the 178-year-old company ceased trading, stranding 150,000 holidaymakers abroad.

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  • Thomas Cook relaunches as online-only firmIconic holiday firm Thomas Cook will today relaunch as an online-only company, a year after going bust in dramatic circumstances.  The post Thomas Cook relaunches as online-only firm appeared first on CityAM.

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  • Talented transport tech start-ups to receive funding boost of over £1 millionInnovative transport start-ups with a focus on decarbonisation or COVID-19 recovery can bid for a share of over £1 million (£1,010,000) in Department for Transport funding. Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG), which is now in its 11th round of funding, is open to entrepreneurs and innovators pioneering new ways of creating a better transport system. Over 60% of grants so far have been awarded to SMEs and 30% to universities. T-TRIG brings together talented start-ups and policymakers at the earliest stages of innovation and by issuing targeted investments ...
  • P&O Ferrymasters to enable smarter flows of trade with first 'track and trace' system for containers in EuropeP&O Ferrymasters has announced the launch of an advanced track and trace service for its container customers, making it the first major logistics business in Europe to introduce the technology.   The service will allow customers to receive real-time updates on the precise location of their goods as they are transported by rail, road and sea.  This innovation improves efficiency, reduces costs and increases the speed of information exchange.    The new track and trace system is designed to advance the digitalisation of trade and significantly improve customers&rsquo...

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  • DfT declares war on railway graffiti Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced a new campaign to tackle the ˜blight™ of graffiti on railways and roadsides. In a letter to the rail industry, the transport secretary has called for long-term plans to tackle the issue in addition to action which has already been taken, including a review of response times so any graffiti damage is dealt with quickly. Network Rail has already allocated an additional £1 million to carry out a ˜graffiti blitz™, on top of its annual £3.5 million programme of anti-graffiti measures. The graffiti ˜artists™ often place themselves at serious risk when ...

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  • London Heathrow – An Airport Where The A380 Still Makes SenseThe A380 was one of the first aircraft types to be grounded as a result of the COVID pandemic. It’s likely to be one of the last to come back. Does the A380 still have a place in the future airline fleet mix and which airports does it still make sense at?
  • Richmond Council urges Heathrow to end third runway 'Fantasy'Richmond Council has called on Heathrow to abandon its bid for a third runway.
  • MP demands return of Barrow to Manchester train after Northern cutsA NEW reduction in the number of trains running between Barrow and Manchester has been labelled ‘unacceptable’.
  • Grand Central’s service hits the buffersOpen access operator scraps plans as a result of pandemic   Grand Central had acquired Class 90 locomotives and former LNER rolling stock to operate the new service   Grand Central will not launch its planned North West route train service between Blackpool and London after Covid-19 rendered plans ‘unfeasible’. The open access train operator and parent company Arriva said following months of exploring all options to launch the proposed expansion of services to the North West route as planned, it is not now viable due to the economic uncertainty and changed travel patterns caused by C...
  • FirstGroup reports patronage bounce backPatronage improvements accelerating at UK bus division     FirstGroup has reported an “encouraging acceleration” in the rate of patronage recovery in recent weeks at its UK bus division. In an update to the City this morning, the Aberdeen-based group says passenger volumes across the division have increased from around 10% of pre-pandemic levels at the low point to more than 50% last week. The division has recently increased operated mileage to almost 90% of pre-pandemic levels to provide more capacity as demand increases, even as social distancing restrictions remain in ...

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