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Yorkshire mayors join forces with others across north calling on Grant Shapps to commit to Northern Powerhouse Rail

Yorkshire mayors have joined forces with others across the north of England calling on the Government to commit to Northern Powerhouse Rail and warning they are at risk of “exacerbating the north-south divide” if they do not invest.

How engineers restored the abandoned Dartmoor railway line in just nine months

For the first time in nearly 50 years, regular passenger services will run on the formerly-abandoned Dartmoor Line, connecting Okehampton to Exeter.

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  • Christmas shortages loom as Felixstowe struggles with backlogSuffolk port handling 40% of UK's containerised imports and exports forced to turn away ships from Asia. Fears are growing about Christmas stock shortages after Felixstowe, the UK's biggest container port, was forced to turn away ships from Asia because of a backlog of containers caused by the HGV driver shortage.
  • Rocket men: how billionaires are using celebrities as PR for their space projectsCritics see the awful business of private space tourism as having little technological or exploration value. As Star Trek's iconic Captain James T Kirk, he voyaged the universe for the good of humanity. The nonagenarian actor William Shatner's brief, real-life thrill ride off the planet today, however, is much less about advancing the species as promoting the fortunes of Blue Origin, the private space company owned by the Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos that's taking him there.

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  • New rail timetable 'not good for anybody in the north' says Yorkshire mayorDirect trains between Sheffield and Manchester Airport are set to be drastically reduced in comparison to before the pandemic as rail Revised rail timetables which will see services between Sheffield and Manchester Airport dramatically reduced are “not good for anybody in the north” one mayor has said.timetables around the north are shaken up in an attempt to prevent bottlenecks.

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  • ZF expands expertise in the future field of autonomous drivingZF has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Oxbotica, a global leader in autonomous vehicle software, to develop a Level 4 self-driving system which will initially be deployed in passenger shuttles in major cities around the world.   ZF and Oxbotica will develop a Level 4 self-driving system that can be integrated into various vehicles including Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) shuttles to provide on-demand passenger and also goods transportation vehicles in urban environments.   The two companies share a joint vision for the future of mobility and the transformational potential...
  • Hitachi Rail awarded Network Rail digital signalling contractHitachi Rail and Linbrooke have been awarded a contract by Network Rail to design digital signalling technology specifically for the Gloucester area.   This digital signalling solution will be a significant upgrade, replacing the current switch panel that was installed in the 1960s.    The introduction of digital Signalling Command Control system gives the operator complete picture of the network and automated updates.    This will enable Network Rail to respond more effectively to any issues or incidents, reducing passenger disruption and improving management of rail ...

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