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  • Using hydrogen fuel risks locking in reliance on fossil fuels, researchers warnElectrification of cars and home boilers best choice to fight the climate crisis, say scientistsUsing hydrogen-based fuels for cars and home heating risks locking in a dependency on fossil fuels and failing to tackle the climate crisis, according to a new analysis.Fuels produced from hydrogen can be used as straight replacements for oil and gas and can be low-carbon, if renewable electricity is used to produce these “e-fuels”. However, the research found that using the electricity directly to power cars and warm houses was far more efficient. Continue reading...

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  • The Treasury may use ticket pricing to discourage working from homeCommuting by rail has rarely been so pleasant. The days of overcrowded, often late-running peak services seem long gone. With many people still working from home, commuters are now almost guaranteed a seat, and fewer passengers mean fewer delays. Last month half of Britain’s trains arrived ahead of schedule.

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  • Bus Festival date confirmedA new date for the South East Bus Festival has been announced.
  • CPT calls for coach-friendly policies at destinationsResponding to a Government review of Destination Management Organisations, the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) has highlighted that coach-friendly policies at tourist destinations and attractions are essential for kickstarting tourism in local areas across the UK.
  • megabus teams up with Yellow BusesIntercity coach operator megabus has joined forces with Bournemouth-based Yellow Buses to offer a new service from Bournemouth to London, via Heathrow Airport.
  • National Express gives ‘Tastes of Normal’They have been given a baffling range of flavours inspired by favourite dishes associated with British locations, including fish and chips, pork pie, Cornish pasty, Wensleydale cheese, Eccles cake and curry.

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