National Express to meet new Midlands mayor

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National Express, one of Britain’s biggest transport groups, is to meet Andy Street, the newly elected mayor of the West Midlands, as it seeks to ease the strain on its profits caused by congestion. National Express reported that its commercial bus revenue had fallen by 0.5% between January and the end of April as passenger…

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Ford looks to meet challenge of congestion

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Ford’s Europe president Jim Farley will tell the FT’s Future of the Car conference in London today that cities must have fewer cars on their streets to ease congestion and free up alternative forms of transport.

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Smart bus can alter its route to avoid jams

Smart bus can alter its route to avoid jams

Yesterday saw the launch of a ‘smart’ bus service that adjusts journeys to avoid congestion – a development that could signal the end of the traditional bus route. Citymapper is trialling three smart buses on a central London route passing Blackfriars station, Somerset House and Waterloo station. The pop-up service, backed by Transport for London,…

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Power hitters take aim at electric car charge market

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Chargepoint, a Daimler-backed, California-based company, is teaming up with Instavolt, a Basingstoke start-up funded by Zouk Capital, to install thousands of public car-charging stands in Britain. The paper says its arrival on garage forecourts poses a challenge to Chargemaster, the Luton-based operator set up by David Martell. Chargepoint and Instavolt have a deal to open…

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New car sales fall almost 20% in a month

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Philip Inman has reported on last month’s drop in sales of new cars, the sharpest decline for such since 2010. Registrations of new cars during April fell month-on-month by almost 20% to 152,076, with demand for electric and hybrid vehicles down for the first time in almost four years. Worst hit of all were diesels,…

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Rail upgrades face cash crisis after Treasury demands £2bn

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Graeme Paton has reported that £1.8bn generated from a big Network Rail sell-off will be used to cut the deficit, threatening projects designed to make vital improvements to Britain’s railway network. Critics have accused the government of betraying passengers as the money was earmarked to fund upgrades for the railway network. A report by Sir…

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The double decker bus that is powered by food and water waste

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Charlotte Cox has reported that  Britain’s first double decker bus powered by food and water waste is being trialled on the Manchester- Altrincham route. Arriva North West is behind the number 263 biogas bus, which has been developed over a two year period by Scania, the Sweden-based commercial vehicle manufacturer, specifically for the UK market.…

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Cyclists may be given priority at junctions

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Jack Maldment has reported that Andrew Jones, a transport minister, has indicated the Government is considering giving cyclists priority over motorists in an updated version of the Highway Code, which would oblige motor vehicles to give way to bicycles when turning in order to create simpler and safer conditions. A spokesperson for British Cycling said:…

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