Translink ‘needs £13m’ to fund unprofitable local buses

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BBC News has reported that Translink, Northern Ireland’s public transport operator, is losing £13m a year running rural buses and these local services may be cut if no funding solutions are found. Translink has seen its government funding fall by 20% since 2013/14 and said it needed the £13m subsidy to run these services.

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Uber boss says driverless cars are at least a decade away

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James Titcomb has reported that the CEO of Uber has predicted “full autonomy” for driverless cars is ten to fifteen years away, despite Uber spending large amounts on the technology. He pointed out the high cost of sensors on the cars and the need to map cities extremely precisely were considerable objects.

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Transport secretary calls for hydrogen trains

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Amit Katwala has reported that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling wants the first hydrogen trains to be operating in the UK “within a short period of time”. Hydrogen trains produced by Alstom are being trialled in Germany and can travel over 600 miles on a full hydrogen tank with a top speed of 87mph. According to…

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Parents told school buses will run in North Yorkshire

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The Yorkshire post has reported that North Yorkshire council had to provide replacement buses for 900 pupils entitled to free school transport after the collapse of the bus and coach operator which held the contract. Six local bus services which are subsidised by the council will also not run.

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York targets bus emissions through Clean Air Zone

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Air Quality News reports that City of York Council has outlined its plans for a ‘Clean Air Zone’ for buses. They suggest buses entering the zone more than 10 times a day must meet the minimum Euro VI emission standard by 2020, and those entering between five and nine times a day must meet the…

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Transport for the North unveil £70bn travel masterplan

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BBC News reports that Transport for the North has unveiled a £70bn transport plan across the north of England, claiming it could help create 850,000 jobs and boost the economy by £100bn. Plans include: Northern Powerhouse Rail (HS3) linking northern cities, new HS2 lines and key road improvements. However, concerns have been voiced over the…

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