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'Absolutely outrageous' detail for Leeds hidden in Boris Johnson's rail plan condemned by mayor Tracy Brabin

West Yorkshire mayor Tracy Brabin says she is "absolutely furious" after learning that half of the £200m handed to her to deliver a long-awaited mass transit system must be used to investigate whether HS2 can come to Leeds.

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  • What the Government's rail plan says about BradfordLEADERS have spoken of their feelings of 'betrayal' after details of the long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) were unveiled by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. 
  • Rail plan slammed as a 'betrayal of Bradford'A BETRAYAL of Bradford. That was the resounding feeling today as the Government’s long-awaited Integrated Rail Plan confirmed weeks of rumours and leaks that a new high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) line between Leeds and Manchester, via Bradford, had been scrapped.

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  • Glasgow transitions to all-electric Tesco home delivery fleetThousands of households across Glasgow will now have their shopping delivered by one of 17 new all-electric Tesco delivery vehicles, contributing to a tangible legacy for Glasgow as the host city for COP26.    This is part of Tesco’s efforts to become net zero in its own operations by 2035 and will see Glasgow become the first city in Scotland to transition to Tesco electric delivery vehicles.   Over the past 18 months, Tesco has significantly grown its home delivery service across Scotland and now delivers to almost 80,000 homes every week.    Jason Tarry, Tesco...
  • Freight train capacity doubles to Port of LiverpoolThe government has announced that final works on the £8.3 million Bootle branch rail line upgrade have been completed, delivering a doubling of freight train capacity to and from the Port of Liverpool.   Funded by the Department for Transport, the upgrade allows up to 2 freight trains an hour in each direction, meaning more trains will be able to deliver vital goods to and from the port for import and export, meeting predicted demand for rail freight for the coming decades.  
  • National Highways’ contractors cut carbon footprint by 23%Contractors resurfacing a dual carriageway on the National Highways’ network have recycled more than half of the materials from the old road back into the new one - cutting the project’s carbon footprint by 23%.   Some 17,432 tons of material were reused from the layers of road surface and saved from landfill as well as helping to make the A46 Warwick Bypass much smoother and safer for drivers.   A stretch of the busy road had deteriorated to a condition that, following a number of temporary repairs to ensure safety, a full depth reconstruction was needed, digging down al...
  • Government announces £96B rail investmentThe biggest ever public investment in Britain’s rail network has been announced by the government, with £96 billion to deliver faster and better journeys to more people across the North and the Midlands.   Transforming connectivity, the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) will transform both east to west and north to south links, building 3 new high-speed lines, improving rail services to and between the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West including:
  • Production starts on road-going full-electric Volta Zero vehiclesElectric commercial vehicle manufacturer Volta Trucks has started production of the first road-going ‘Design Verification’ (DV) prototype Volta Zero vehicle at a bespoke facility in Coventry, UK.   The DV prototypes are the first full-electric Volta Zero vehicles to be built in the recently unveiled production-ready design.    A total of 25 vehicles will be manufactured and once completed in January, the fleet will embark on a rigorous testing regime.    This will involve Volta Trucks engineers replicating a wide range of customer usage and delivery cycl...

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  • Stagecoach and SSE announce pilot electric charging hub initiativePartnership looks to allow non-bus fleets to take advantage of depot charging infrastructure whilst its buses are out in service
  • Government releases latest bus statisticsLocal bus statistics for Great Britain, including passenger numbers, mileage and vehicle fleet data for the year ending March 2021 have been released by the Department for Transport.
  • Cardiff Bus’ road to a greener future starts as COP26 endsThe first of Cardiff Bus’ 36 electric buses has arrived in the Welsh capital, marking the start of the next phase in the operator’s project to provide a step-change in the city’s bus network. Works have been underway in recent weeks with new charging infrastructure installed at the company’s Sloper Road depot in preparation for the arrival of the 36 Yutong E12 zero-emission buses.
  • Changing chargingOne of the many events taking place around Glasgow alongside the COP26 climate conference, First Bus hosted an exhibition on the conference’s Transport Day on 10 November to showcase the projects it is involved in to help reach Scotland’s net zero targets. The exhibition was held in association with Transport Scotland, Octopus Energy, Heliox and, COP26 Principal Mobility Partner, Hitachi.
  • Stagecoach celebrates 100 years of buses in SwindonSwindon depot opened its doors to the public on Saturday 6 November. Richard Sharman attended the event which was aimed at both families and enthusiasts

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  • Anger follows publication of Integrated Rail Plan The £96 billion Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands has been greeted with bitter criticism in the north of England. Transport secretary Grant Shapps said the new plan was 'ambitious' and 'deliverable', but Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said: 'The Integrated Rail Plan was a once in a generation opportunity. Properly delivered, it had the potential to be as transformative for rail travel as Stephenson’s Rocket. Instead, they have proposed a service that could have been promoted by Gladstone in the Victorian era.'

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