MEPs approve ‘post-Dieselgate’ car-testing reforms

As reported by Air Quality News, MEPs backed proposals to introduce new rules for EU vehicle type approval in order to ensure that new car models meet relevant safety and air pollutants emissions standards. Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, Daniel Dalton, who steered the regulations through the European Parliament, said: “This legislation will make…

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Businesses helped to get on track for HS2 bids

Simon Penford reports on the Get on Track programme, launched by the West Midlands Manufacturing Club (WMMC), to help businesses improve their bids for HS2-related tender opportunities and other public procurement. Rebecca Macdonald, Business Development Manager for the WMMC, said “ ‘Get On Track’ has been specifically designed to make the opportunity more accessible to…

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Ministers seek to allay concerns over Scotland’s LEZs

Air Quality News reports that MSPs expressed concerns over the proposed “tight timescales” for the introduction of four low emissions zones in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020, as well as the potential resource shortages within the four local authorities. Responding to MSPs’ comments, Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said that he expected the…

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Electric car charge points ‘critical’ for Welsh economy

The BBC reports that more rapid electric car charging points were needed in Wales to meet the growing demand from motorists buying electric and hybrid cars. According to Next Green Car “a decent rapid charging point infrastructure will be critical for Wales as more and more people are buying electric. “Growth is critical for Wales’…

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Legal threat over Virgin Trains East Coast rail franchise

The BBC reports that the renationalisation group Bring Back British Rail has threatened legal action against Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling if he refuses to stop Stagecoach and Virgin from bidding for further rail franchises, following the controversy surrounding the Virgin Trains East Coast mainline.

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Production underway on the first new Greater Anglian trains

Rail Technology Magazine reports on Greater Anglia’s new fleet of trains, currently being built by Bombardier in their Derby plant. The trains will service commuter routes between Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire and London Liverpool street.

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