Replacing diesel buses key to cutting London air pollution, claim experts

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Luke John Smith has reported that bus operators are facing fresh calls to swap their diesel fleets to low emissions equivalents, from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). New research by the SMMT reveals that replacing London’s buses with Euro VI vehicles could cut NOx emissions produced by buses in the capital by…

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Rail strikes planned for day of Grand National

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Staff for The Guardian have reported that members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Southern, Merseyrail and Arriva Trains North are to conduct a 24-hour long strike on April 8. The strike, which will take place on the day of the Grand National, concerns a long-running dispute regarding the issue of staffing levels…

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Road improvements hit an £840m hole in funding

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Graeme Paton has reported that the National Audit Office has warned 16 upgrades to motorways or A-roads could be cancelled after the Government’s £11bn road investment strategy went £841m over its budget, partly due to the spiralling cost of IT support and works over-running from 2014. The NAO released a report today which claimed that…

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Electric planes to Paris ‘in ten years’

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Mark Bridge has reported Massachusetts-based start-up Wright Electric is working with EasyJet to develop electric passenger aircraft, which it claims could be used for flights from London to Paris within ten years. The company suggests removing the need for aviation fuel would bring down the cost of short-haul flying and mean that airliners were quieter…

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Train firms profit from delays, say MPs

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Graeme Paton has reported that MPs on the Commons transport committee have accused train operators of profiting from delays by pocketing millions of pounds from Network Rail, but failing to pass on the cash to passengers, and warned that there were not enough incentives to provide compensation to travellers for late-running services and cancellations. Network…

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Fallout from hard Brexit could drive up cost of cars by £2,300

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Robert Wright has reported on the findings of a new study, carried out by PA Consulting, which concludes that the imposition of post-Brexit tariffs on cross border trade between Britain and countries remaining in the EU could result in an increase of as much as 10% in the price of new cars. Last year, more…

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New roads lead to more traffic and longer jams

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Several papers report that major new roads do not relieve congestion or boost local economies, instead increasing traffic that blights communities. The Times Ben Webster has reported that a study commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England refers to road schemes build in the past two decades that have encouraged millions of extra car…

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Councils seek assurances Crossrail 2 will go ahead

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Rhiannon Bury has reported that local authorities have called on the government to give assurances that a second Crossrail line in London is still going ahead, after Philip Hammond failed to mention it in his Budget speech earlier this month. Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said the new line was crucial for the capital’s growth,…

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Train pods aim to cross Britain in 12 minutes

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Graeme Paton has reported that Britain has been identified as one of the top five markets globally for the Hyperloop One technology – a near-supersonic line that could transport passengers east-to-west in 12 minutes at 720mph. The company’s UK senior vice-president, Nick Earle, said discussions had taken place across Whitehall with a view to launching…

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