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  • Uber raises London prices by 10% in effort to lure back driversRide-hailing app says increase will provide better rider experience after lockdown led to driver departuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageUber is to increase its rates by 10% in London in an attempt to lure drivers back on to its platform, as cab companies across the UK struggle to meet booming demand.Customers using the ride-hailing app have faced longer waits and more cancellations from drivers cherry-picking jobs in recent weeks, as well as more surge pricing as requests exceed the numbers of cars available. Continue reading...
  • SpaceX launches four astronauts into orbit, including 600th person to reach spaceThe flight to the International Space Station had been repeatedly delayed by medical issues and bad weatherA SpaceX rocket carried four astronauts toward orbit Wednesday night, including the 600th person to reach space in 60 years.The repeatedly delayed flight occurred just two days after SpaceX brought four other astronauts home from the International Space Station. Continue reading...
  • Elon Musk sells $5bn in Tesla stock days after Twitter pollBillionaire offloads around 3% of his holding – though £1bn was already in train before he asked Twitter users about reducing his stakeElon Musk has sold about $5bn in shares amounting to roughly 3% of his Tesla holdings, the billionaire reported in filings on Wednesday, just days after he polled Twitter users about selling 10% of his stake.About $4bn worth of the sale – 3.6m shares – could be considered as counting towards his 10% pledge on Twitter. Another $1.1bn worth, amounting to 934,000 shares, was sold under an options arrangement to acquire nearly 2.2m shares that was already in train ...

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  • Town halls are losing the war on potholes [subscription]In the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, half of the roads surveyed were given the lowest rating for their state of repair. In Derbyshire, 43 per cent of roads were graded red, and 35 per cent in Wolverhampton. On average, 17 per cent of local roads are in need of repair.

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  • Port of Felixstowe makes major decarbonisation investmentCoinciding with COP26 in Glasgow, Hutchison Ports’ Port of Felixstowe has announced a major investment in new equipment to help decarbonise its operations.    The UK's largest container port has placed orders for 48 battery-powered terminal tractors and 17 zero-emission Remote controlled Electric Rubber-Tyred Gantry cranes (ReARTGs).   The new two-wheel drive tractor units, to be supplied by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd (ZPMC), will be the first electric tractors at the UK's largest container port.    ZPMC are working with their partner Shacman to dev...
  • CILT reveals 18-point action plan to deliver net-zero at COP26The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK, the leading professional membership organisation for those working in transport and logistics, has today revealed its 18-point action plan to combat emissions and deliver a net-zero economy. As part of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this week, the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the UK, CILT(UK), has produced a series of policy papers covering the challenge of decarbonisation across current and future transport operations and practice. Developed as part of CILT(UK)’s larger policy ca...

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