Thousands of miles of UK roads in poor condition

Alex Homer and Grace Wong have reported that 10% of the local-authority maintained road network is in poor condition, or has been flagged for further inspection. This amounts to 37,000km of road. Over the past eight years, London and the South East of England were consistently the worst performing regions in the UK.

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Heathrow rail link set to be first entirely backed by private cash

Bradley Gerrard has reported that a proposed railway running south out of Heathrow Airport may be the first entirely privately-funded railway in Britain. The Department for Transport has invited companies to put in bids for the construction of the line. The decision to open-up rail projects to private funding follows the scaling back of numerous…

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Brighton & Hove Buses seeks tougher LEZ

Will Date has reported that Brighton & Hove Buses has called for the widening of Brighton’s Low Emission Zone to improve air quality. The company, which operates much of the bus service in the city, has proposed a new LEZ with a lower threshold for polluting emissions and with scope to extend geographically and to…

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KCC second authority in UK to launch zero-emissions electric bus

Ed McConnell has reported that Kent County Council is the second UK authority to launch a zero-emissions electric bus. Initially a seven-week trial, charging points along the route will allow recharging in as little as 30 seconds. The Volvo 7900e bus provides up to 80% lower energy consumption than an equivalent diesel bus.

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Derby City Council wants targeted scrappage scheme to improve air quality

Fleet News has reported that Derby City Council has called on the Government to support a local scrappage scheme to improve air quality in the city. A council member argued that a charging scheme alone would not be enough to comply with air quality limits as quickly as possible. He added that a scrappage scheme…

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Uber offers to share journey data with London city planners

Gwyn Topham has reported that Uber is to share data from journeys made in London. London becomes the first British city featured in Uber Movement, an online tool which compares journey times for different periods. Uber plans to add Manchester and Birmingham to the tool.

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