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Government spends £16m on 93 new polluting DIESEL gritters

The gritters use heavily-polluting seven-litre diesel engines. The news comes just days after Boris Johnson's announced he will accelerate the ban on new cars with combustion engines to 2030.

Chancellor urged to provide £20m to fund Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral rail improvements

£20 MILLION of improvements are being sought to revitalise the railway network in Cheshire and North Wales.

Saturday, 21 November 2020

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  • How communities are divided over low-traffic neighbourhoodsClosing roads to cars promotes safety and neighbourhood spirit, but measures can also deepen divides between residentsTell us about your experiences of reducing traffic and creating green neighbourhoodsSo you want to set up a low-traffic neighbourhood? Here’s where to startMythbusters: eight common objections to LTNs – and why they are wrongIn Poole, 41-year-old teacher Kate Salter said a low-traffic neighbourhood (LTN) had transformed her community. Salter was involved in proposing the measures to her council, which came into force at the end of August.“As soon as the planters went in, there ...

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  • Just where in the world can you go on holiday?As most of us prepare for a winter within the same four walls we've been staring at for the past eight months, the idea of getting on a plane and travelling for more than eight hours feels like a dream too impossible to imagine.

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  • Government funds 93 new gritters as it bolsters transport network for winter amidst COVID-19 pandemicRoads Minister Baroness Vere has called upon local authorities across the country to ensure key transport routes to COVID-19 test centres are kept open and running smoothly this winter. Baroness Vere has written to councils urging them to ensure their supplies of salt and grit are topped up so that essential routes, such as those to hospitals and COVID-19 testing stations, are well maintained as the country prepares for the potential challenge of severe weather alongside COVID-19. Alongside councils’ stocks, Highways England maintains a salt stock of 270,000 tonnes for use on its road...
  • 2030 petrol and diesel ban: Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics respondsThe Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) welcomes the announcement that the government will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, and hybrid vehicles from 2035.  The Institute believes that this announcement provides clarity on the Road to Zero and responds to the pressing need to reduce transport emissions. The timing is just sufficient for model replacement cycles and for the cost of battery technology to fall based on both developments and economies of scale. Our first note of caution, however, is that consumer and business anticipation of the chan...
  • New rail tech roll-out set to bring more reliable journeys and boost jobsThe roll-out of digital signalling – set to improve safety and slash delays – has been accelerated through £1.2 million of new government funding announced by Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris. Feasibility work for digital signalling will be accelerated on vital sections of the West Coast Main Line, Midland Main Line and East Anglia route, including Peterborough to Kings Lynn on the Anglia route, and in the Warrington and Wigan area on the West Coast Mainline North. This work will identify the most effective way to apply this type of technology to the railway and new way of...

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  • Avanti West Coast abolishes morning peak fares on Fridays Passengers on Avanti West Coast have been able to travel at off-peak rates from the start of services today, and Fridays will continue to be ™off-peak™ until the New Year. The axeing of more expensive fares is seen as one way of attracting passengers back to rail, but the move has come at the end of a week when concern grew about passenger figures in the longer term. On Wednesday rail minister Chris Heaton-Harris told the Commons Transport Committee that the cost of maintaining National Rail services in England since the first lockdown in March has risen to a total of £4.2 billion.

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