Nottingham begins launch of world’s largest gas double-deck fleet

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has launched a £17 million fleet of 53 double-deck Bio-Gas buses, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Scania, Alexander Dennis and Roadgas, with part funding from OLEV (Office of Low Emission vehicles). NCT engineering director Gary Mason says: “We are hugely proud of our new biogas buses. This is the largest…

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SEGRO to embark on major development programme

Segro is to launch a major new programme of development across south-east England as the warehouse and logistics specialist looks to take advantage of new rail and air links, the Daily Telegraph (Rhiannon Bury) reports. The company has submitted plans for four new industrial buildings at the Slough Trading Estate, as well as a new…

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Commuter drone ready for first flight this year

The Times reports that Airbus has plans for an ‘urban air mobility’ vehicle that can carry a passenger and take off vertically. Tests will be conducted on the commuter drone at the end of this year. Mathias Thomsen from Airbus said: ‘We believe there has been a convergence of battery technology, connectivity and autonomy that…

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BA power fiasco blamed on staff blunder

The Times’ Graeme Paton reports that a power supply unit that was at the centre of last weekend’s British Airways fiasco was in perfect working order, but was deliberately shut down in a disastrous error. An investigation into the incident, which disrupted the travel plans of 75,000 passengers, is likely to focus on human error…

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Don’t run for your train – it’s already gone

The Daily Mail reports that rail operators are taking the destinations of trains off departure boards minutes before they leave in an attempt to stop people rushing to catch them. Passengers have claimed they are missing trains because details vanish from departure board screens, sometimes before a train even arrives. Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs…

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China emerges as engine of BMW strategy

According to the FT, BMW has increased production capacity in China by 50pc with the opening of its newest factory. Sited in the northern city of Shenyang, the facility cost €1bn to build – and underlines how central the country is to BMW’s future strategy. More than 70pc of the 2.2m premium vehicles sold in…

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Uber fires head of self-driving car team amid Google lawsuit

The Daily Telegraph has reported that Uber has fired Anthony Levandowski, the head of its self-driving car division. Google had accused Mr Levandowski of stealing its trade secrets when he left the tech giant in 2016. It alleges that he stole 14,000 confidential files from Waymo, its self-driving car project. Uber dismissed Mr Levandowski on…

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Onerous emissions standards risk punishing the worst off

Michael Stothard writing in the FT reported that a French study has claimed that the rush to discourage the use of petrol and diesel cars risks punishing the poorest in society. Measures to promote ride-sharing and electric cars also risk benefitting those in big cities at the expense of those in rural areas, according to…

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Electric bus on trial in Oban

West Coast Motors is currently using the Optare Solo bus on routes around the town centre and to some outlying villages. The 29-seater is currently on a 10-day secondment in Oban after also being trialled at other West Coast Motors depots including Ardrishaig and Campbeltown. Russell Dods, Oban and Mull area manager, said: “We just…

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