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New road schemes in Wales could be considered again

An M4 relief road and a third Menai crossing were some of the projects that never went ahead.

On time, under budget: Where did it go right for the Crossrail of the North? [subscription]

The Transpennine upgrade promises faster, more frequent journeys between Manchester and York, thanks in part to a project boss who built two aircraft carriers

Gatwick boss eyes long-haul market amid expansion drive and jostle with Heathrow

Gatwick's chief executive is spearheading a drive into the long-haul market as the UK's second biggest hub seeks to muscle in on its larger rival Heathrow.

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  • Loose ends in London and Birmingham raise new fears over HS2’s route – and futureWith its route map pruned, leaders in the north want other options, while in the capital, questions are growing over its Euston terminus – still a giant hole in the ground
  • Chinese EV battery maker in talks to invest £1bn in new UK gigafactoryPlant on outskirts of Coventry could create up to 6,000 jobs and will be part of planned Centre for Electrification. A Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicle batteries is in talks to invest more than £1bn to build a giant new factory on the outskirts of Coventry.EVE Energy, which says it employs 28,000 staff worldwide, is understood to be in talks to construct a 5.7m sq ft gigafactory, which will form one of the main parts of the planned UK Centre for Electrification, an investment zone in the West Midlands.
  • Are electric cars too heavy for British roads, bridges and car parks?In part eight of our series exploring myths surrounding EVs, we examine whether they will break our infrastructure. Do electric cars really produce fewer carbon emissions? Are EVs too costly to tempt drivers?Is it right to have range anxiety?Cars have a weight problem. Consider the Mini, designed to save precious fuel during rationing; it has ballooned in size. It is not alone. Cars have got bigger and bigger, with the rise of the SUV only accelerating the trend.Electric cars might look the same (for now) but they have one important difference: a heavy battery.
  • At least 14m Easter car journeys could take twice as long as usual, RAC saysBank holiday weekend and start of school holidays take place at same time, with high traffic volumes expected. Drivers are being warned to expect long delays over Easter as millions of getaway trips lead to soaring traffic volumes and congested motorways.

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  • 70 million euro refurbishment project for EMR’s regional fleetEast Midlands Railway (EMR) has initiated a 60 million pound (70 million euro) refurbishment programme aimed at modernising its Connect and Regional fleet. This comprehensive project, undertaken in collaboration with Angel Trains, Siemens, Porterbrook, and Eversholt, marks a substantial investment in the region’s rail infrastructure.

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