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Transport spending per head in London double that of North

TRANSPORT spending per head in London is more than double that of spending per head in the North East, it has emerged, just 24 hours after the Government's scrapped its flagship rail investment project for the region.

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  • Frustration grows as HS2 derails and 'levelling up' goes off track | LettersReaders react to the scaled-back plans and the broken promises about infrastructure investment in the north of EnglandIntegrated rail plan? It's more like a dog's breakfast. When Grant Shapps blew the whistle tosend a train from Okehampton to Exeter this week, he waxed lyrical about the reopening of a branch line that had been closed for 49 years, and told those listening to look out for more exciting developments. Leaving aside the fact that the line has been operating on summer weekends thanks to the dedication of volunteers, the 11 miles of replacement track laid by Network Rail a...
  • Government planning'to put HS2 on stilts through Manchester'Andy Burnham demands underground station for new route rather than cheaper series of viaductsSwathes of central Manchester could be blighted by viaducts looming over the homes of thousands of people because the government has refused to fund an underground station in the city centre, Andy Burnham has warned.This week the government said it would build a new surface station in Manchester for HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, a partly new line to Leeds via Huddersfield. It will be situated next door to the existing Piccadilly station, which does not have platforms long enough to accommodate HS2...
  • Rebirth of the line: Devon joy as rail link reopens after 50-year hiatusOkehampton welcomes revamp of service connecting Dartmoor town to Exeter and beyondIn 1972, the people of Okehampton turned out in force to wish a fond farewell to the Devon moorland town's regular passenger rail service.The mayor, Walter John Passmore, carried a funeral wreath and his wife, Daisy, waved the green flag to signal the final train’s departure, just about managing a sad smile for the cameras. Continue reading...

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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 Tescos 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. Work on the track along the Bootle line has been a long-term project and it reopened to freight traffic...
  • 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 projects 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 Britains 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: Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will connect Leeds and Manchester in 33 minutes, down from 55 minutes now HS2 Ea...
  • 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...
  • Devil in the Integrated Rail Plan detail, says CILTCILT has expressed its disappointment at the decision not to proceed in full with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail. It is also deeply concerned at the absence of critical information in Governments much delayed Integrated Plan for Rail. CILT says that deferment of the Eastern leg of HS2 and NPR east of the Pennines, if unavoidable, is acceptable - cancellation is not. It is crucial that these options are preserved for the future, when a fully decarbonised transport system with sufficient capacity for all main traffic flows will be essential. Daniel Parker-Klein, Director of Policy and C...

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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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