Road improvements hit an £840m hole in funding

Cracked Road

Graeme Paton has reported that the National Audit Office has warned 16 upgrades to motorways or A-roads could be cancelled after the Government’s £11bn road investment strategy went £841m over its budget, partly due to the spiralling cost of IT support and works over-running from 2014. The NAO released a report today which claimed that…

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Electric planes to Paris ‘in ten years’


Mark Bridge has reported Massachusetts-based start-up Wright Electric is working with EasyJet to develop electric passenger aircraft, which it claims could be used for flights from London to Paris within ten years. The company suggests removing the need for aviation fuel would bring down the cost of short-haul flying and mean that airliners were quieter…

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Train firms profit from delays, say MPs


Graeme Paton has reported that MPs on the Commons transport committee have accused train operators of profiting from delays by pocketing millions of pounds from Network Rail, but failing to pass on the cash to passengers, and warned that there were not enough incentives to provide compensation to travellers for late-running services and cancellations. Network…

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Fallout from hard Brexit could drive up cost of cars by £2,300

Big Ben and Traffic

Robert Wright has reported on the findings of a new study, carried out by PA Consulting, which concludes that the imposition of post-Brexit tariffs on cross border trade between Britain and countries remaining in the EU could result in an increase of as much as 10% in the price of new cars. Last year, more…

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New roads lead to more traffic and longer jams

Traffic Cones

Several papers report that major new roads do not relieve congestion or boost local economies, instead increasing traffic that blights communities. The Times Ben Webster has reported that a study commissioned by the Campaign to Protect Rural England refers to road schemes build in the past two decades that have encouraged millions of extra car…

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Councils seek assurances Crossrail 2 will go ahead

Cross Rail - Photo by Matt BRown -

Rhiannon Bury has reported that local authorities have called on the government to give assurances that a second Crossrail line in London is still going ahead, after Philip Hammond failed to mention it in his Budget speech earlier this month. Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said the new line was crucial for the capital’s growth,…

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Train pods aim to cross Britain in 12 minutes

Rail warp - Photo by Peter Thoeny -

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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