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  • Stadler signs contract for tri-mode locomotives A framework agreement to build 30 tri-mode locomotives has been signed by Stadler and Rail Operations (UK) Ltd. The new mixed-traffic Bo-Bo machines will be based on Stadler™s established Class 68 and Class 88 fleets, but will be able to operate on 25kV or a CATERPILLAR C32 diesel engine. Each diesel engine will be backed up by two Lithium Titanate Oxide traction battery packs.
  • TfL fares to rise in March, as report reveals ˜£2bn funding gap Fares on Transport for London services will rise by 2.6 per cent in general on 1 March, but the mayor of London Sadiq Khan says some single pay as you go fares will not change. The rises are the first since before the present Mayor was elected in 2016. He had promised a four-year fares freeze, which was achieved, but the 2021 rises are a condition of government support since the pandemic began.

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  • Any intelligent fool can make things bigger – we need smaller, lighter cars nowWhen the German-British statistician and economist Ernst Schumacher  said "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction“, he was making the case for human-scale, decentralised and appropriate technologies.

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