SNCF enters race to operate High Speed 2 rail line

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Conor Sullivan has reported that SNCF has teamed up with Virgin and Stagecoach to bid for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise, which will run trains on the existing line from 2019 and also be responsible for introducing services on High Speed 2. The Times (Graeme Paton) says SNCF’s involvement has reignited the debate over…

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Renault and Nissan push ahead in smart race

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Kana Inagaki has reported that Nissan and Renault’s alliance to roll out smart vehicles will see the carmakers grapple with the question of how much consumers will be prepared to pay for connected services, as well as deal with cyber security threats and the reliability of artificial intelligence technology.

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HS2 boss admits failures over conflict of interest

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Robert Lea has reported that Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2, has informed MPs that neither he nor his executives had monitored or conducted checks on a former HS2 chief of staff at the centre of a conflict of interest scandal. The commons transport committee hearing into the issue and the withdrawal of CH2M from…

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‘Smart’ train tickets hit the buffers after costs double

‘Smart’ train tickets hit the buffers after costs double

Graeme Paton has reported that the Department of Transport has been forced to scrap a scheme launched in 2012 to expand smart ticketing on busy rail lines across southeast England after costs more than doubled and most train lines failed to adopt. The National Audit Office has reported that £54m was spent on the project,…

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Oxford Street bus traffic ‘will be almost halved’ to cut pollution

Oxford Street bus traffic 'will be almost halved' to cut pollution

The number of buses on London’s Oxford Street will be almost halved to reduce congestion and air pollution, ITV News has reported. Transport for London confirmed that 23 bus routes will be altered, reducing the amount serving Europe’s busiest shopping district by 40%.  The changes will be implemented this summer, ahead of the east-west Elizabeth…

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Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

Stepping up to London’s contactless bus network

Public Sector Executive has covered the news that Reading Buses, the council-owned organisation that strives to reduce car dependency for visitors and residents, has become the first independent operator to go 100% contactless, meaning it is now the first town-wide contactless bus network outside of the capital. The launch of the scheme early in March…

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Mental cost of diesel fumes like a bereavement

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Reporting on its front page, Oliver Moody has covered the news that a new study indicates that living with heavy pollution from traffic fumes is as bad for people’s happiness as being widowed or divorced. Sarah Knight and Peter Howley, from the University of York, found that each increase of five mcg/m3 had as much…

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Diesel scrappage scheme would target the most polluted areas

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Christopher Hope has reported that the diesel car scrappage scheme will be targeted at the most polluted areas of the country under plans being considered by ministers. Car owners will only qualify for cash to scrap their diesel vehicles if they are old enough and registered at an address where air pollution is already severe.…

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