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The governmentís roads agency could be forced to remove hundreds of tonnes of concrete it used to fill in a Victorian railway arch in a project that was condemned as the first act of ďcultural vandalismĒ in a nationwide plan.

MP calls for rethink over 'unachievable' HS2

An MP has called for a rethink over HS2 after the northern phase of the line was branded

Thursday, 22 July 2021

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  • Johnson's levelling up plan lacks definition and planning, say MPsGovernment needs to put forward coherent proposals with more detail about what communities could expect, committee says Boris Johnson's plan to 'level up' depressed areas of the UK to close the gap with London and the south-east risks becoming an everything and nothing policyĚ that lacks definition, coordination and planning, according to an all-party group of MPs.In a report on progress towards boosting regional health and economic activity, MPs said the government needed to come forward with coherent proposals with more detail about the outcomes communities could expect from a levelling-up

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  • Movable overhead electrification aims to eliminate the need for diesel shunting locomotivesUK: Funding has been awarded for a project to test the use of a moveable overhead conductor rail at freight terminals where loading and unloading requirements mean conventional overhead electrification cannot be used. This could eliminate the need to use diesel shunting locomotives and remove a barrier to end-to-end electrification, aiding the decarbonisation of rail freight services.
  • HybridFLEX prototype battery-diesel multiple-unit launchedUK: Chiltern Railways has unveiled its prototype HybridFLEX multiple-unit fitted with a hybrid traction system which can offer zero emissions and near silent operation at stations and in other sensitive locations.

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