Government launches major driverless car hub

Madeleine Cuff has reported that the Government has officially launched  a new technology hub in the Midlands that it promises will become a “cluster of excellence” for driverless car technologies in the UK. The government-backed, industry-led ‘MERIDIAN’ project hopes to establish the UK as a world leader in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) by creating…

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BMW boosting electric car models

BMW has joined rivals in announcing a big push into electrified vehicles. The German luxury carmaker said that by 2025 it plans 12 all-electric models, and 13 hybrid versions. BMW’s first electric Mini will be released in 2019. BMW’s announcement follows an earlier one from Jaguar Land Rover. JLR said every vehicle line launched from…

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Southern owner Go-Ahead warns UK faces more rail strikes

Angela Jameson has reported that the boss of strike-hit rail franchise Southern has warned commuters that industrial action will spread to other routes into the capital as the RMT union steps up its campaign against driver-only trains. David Brown, chief executive of Go-Ahead which runs Southern Rail with French operator Keolis, admitted today that it…

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Rail electrification: Tory MP says bi-modal trains ‘second-best’

Staff at BBC Online have reported that  a former Welsh Secretary has criticised plans to run diesel-electric trains instead of electrifying the line between Cardiff and Swansea. Conservative MP Stephen Crabb said it was a “second-best” solution. Electrification to Swansea was scrapped in July. Ministers said faster journeys could be achieved without disruption. Welsh Secretary…

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Plans for £16m bus fleet boost for Fylde Coast

Shelagh Parkinson has reported that a  £16.2m investment in public transport means the Fylde Coast will boast an entire fleet of 126 new buses by 2020. Blackpool Transport is due to take delivery of its next 20 new vehicles next month as part of an ambitious project to upgrade the resort’s transport network.  Those buses…

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Councils could set up bus firms after 32-year ban

David Deans has reported that a  32-year-old Thatcher-era law barring councils from setting up bus services could be scrapped in Wales. The Welsh Government has proposed allowing councils to set up new municipal bus companies amid claims council-run transport would be more focused on services than profits. But opponents in the industry argue some former…

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Merseyrail staff stage 48-hour walkout

Staff at BBC Online have reported that workers at Merseyrail have started a 48-hour strike in a dispute with the firm over driver only-operated trains (DOOs) and the role of guards. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are taking part in the action, disrupting services in and around Liverpool. The union is…

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Volkswagen will offer drivers up to £7,000 to scrap their old car

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Emma Haslett has reported that two years after Volkswagen was rocked by a diesel emissions scandal, the company has said it will offer drivers thousands of pounds to scrap their old diesel cars. The company has said it will offer drivers as much as £7,000 to trade in diesel cars made before 2010, in an…

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Bombardier wins £112.1m London Underground job

Sam Metcalf has reported that Derby trainmaker Bombardier has won a contract worth £112.1m, to supply new motors and traction control equipment for London Underground’s fleet of Central line trains. The company will provide parts for 85 eight-car Central line trains. Richard Hunter, managing director of Bombardier Transportation UK, said: “This important contract win is…

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