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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Green drivers to be offered easier hydrogen fill-ups

Hydrogen Fuel Pump

Graeme Paton has reported that the number of hydrogen fuel stations is expected to rise significantly under a government initiative to offer motorists green alternatives to diesel and petrol. The DfT has invested £23m into a fund to encourage the use of hydrogen vehicles. Firms will be able to bid for a share of the…

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Red light for plans to widen the M25

Staff at The i have reported that the M25 will not be widened to reduce congestion as a report concluded that people should use public transport instead. Efforts should focus on encouraging more people to use public transport or ‘find alternatives to travel’, according to the study by the DfT and Highways England.

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Southern awaits vote on new peace deal with train drivers

Southern awaits vote on new peace deal with train drivers

Southern has reached a new peace deal with Aslef, signalling a potential end to the year-long dispute over driver-only trains, Robert Wright has reported. Neither Aslef nor Southern’s parent Govia commented on the new terms. The Times Graeme Paton added that Aslef members will vote on the deal, with a result expected on April 3.…

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Passengers face Easter weekend chaos thanks to track repairs

Train Strikes

James Salmon has reported that services in an out of London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Glasgow and Edinburgh are among those that will be disrupted by Network Rail’s £70m upgrade over the Easter weekend. The repairs, which are part of a £50bn project to upgrade the network, will also affect holidaymakers as services to London Heathrow…

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Diesel drivers will pay three times more to park

David Brown has reported that parking costs for diesel cars will more than triple as the first suburban local authority is expected to agree punitive charges today. Merton council in south London has recommended that diesel vehicles be charged £150 a year more than the standard £65 for residents’ parking permits. The fee will set…

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Intel enters autonomous cars race

John Reed has reported that US chipmaker Intel has agreed to spend $15.3bn to purchase Mobileye, an Israeli maker of sensors that help detect on-road obstacles. In the latest indication of major autonomous investment.

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Strikes spread north as drivers join the dispute

Graeme Paton has reported that rail services in northern England were in chaos yesterday as industrial action forced over 2,000 trains to be cancelled. The 24-hour RMT strike, which was aimed at Northern Rail and Merseyrail, caused widespread disorder when drivers refused to cross picket lines. The industrial action coincided with a further day of…

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