Mini electric car design revealed by BMW

Staff at BBC Online have reported that German carmaker BMW has unveiled the basic design for the full-production electric version of the next Mini car. In July, the carmaker confirmed the fully electric version of the three-door Mini would go into production at its Cowley plant in Oxford in 2019. A Mini E electric car…

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New saltwater-proof trains for Great Western Railwa

Patrick Sawer has reported that trains running along the south west coast on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway are set to be upgraded to withstand the sea spray and saltwater. The trains have long suffered from corrosion and damage to vital equipment, but a new generation of “Dawlish proof” trains is set to be…

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‘Vital’ bus service set to return

Katie Williams has reported that councillors have announced the return of a ‘vital’ town bus service after it was axed in the latest round of funding cuts. In February, Dorset County Council announced it would cut subsidies for bus services in a bid to save £1.85m, leading Damory to deregister a host of services across…

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Seven key Wirral bus routes axed

Lorna Hughes has reported that Seven Wirral bus routes are being axed from this weekend in a shake-up of services. Merseytravel has been reviewing bus services across the region and is now making changes for Wirral after asking for the views of passengers. Some services which were supported by funding from Merseytravel have been withdrawn…

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All aboard the north’s rail powerhouse

Amid the furore over funding for rail in the North, Gwyn Topham has taken a look at the region’s lofty ambitions for transport. Andy Burnham has stated that “the disparity between transport in the north of England and London must now be addressed”, with popular indignation over Crossrail 2 and the U-turn on electrification in…

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Self-driving lorries to be tested in the UK

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Peter Campbell has reported that Britain will begin testing convoys of self-driving lorries on public roads late next year, more than two years after similar tests were carried out across Europe. The trucks will be wirelessly linked, allowing them to synchronise braking and accelerating, in a technique known as “platooning”. A human driver in the…

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August Bank Holiday travel chaos

Danny Boyle has reported that people are being urged not to travel by train in some parts of Britain over the Bank Holiday weekend, as major engineering work affecting several lines is predicted to cause chaos. Millions of people embarking on getaways face severely disrupted journeys amid stark warnings from rail firms. Virgin Trains asked…

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Strike-hit rail firm Southern speeds up delay payments

Staff at BBC Online have reported that passengers on the strike-hit Southern rail network are now being compensated automatically for train delays. The scheme operates through the firm’s smartcard, where passengers tap in and tap out to pay for journeys, parent firm Govia Thameslink (GTR) said. Previously, people applied for Delay Repay compensation online or…

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Bank holiday strike to bring bus chaos to London

Londoners’ bank holiday plans are due to be severely disrupted as Transport for London confirm their staff will be on strike over Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August. The strike will see over 400 Unite members walk out, including staff responsible for re-routing buses due to major events, roadworks and accidents. With major festivals like…

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