Funding announced for six projects to decarbonise rail

Funding announced for six projects to decarbonise rail

The Rail Safety and Standards Board announced the winners of the £1 million Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition. Six studies will explore alternative, energy efficient technologies for high-speeds trains and will report findings in mid-2020.

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More rail passengers to use smart tickets

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The Rail Delivery Group announced that they expect 9 in 10 rail tickets to be available to customers as smart tickets by the end of the month, following the installation of readers at major stations. Upgrades to allow smart tickets were made at Waterloo, Brighton, Gatwick Airport, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central stations. The increased…

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Government awards East Midlands Railway Franchise

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Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling announced that the next East Midlands Railway franchise has been awarded to Abellio East Midlands. The franchise is due to start on 18 August 2019 and will run for 8 years, with a possible extension of a further 2 years at the government’s discretion. Abellio will increase peak…

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Transport sector not doing enough to cut emissions

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Fuel and oil supplier Crown Oil have conducted research that has found the UK’s transport and business sectors are the largest and third largest contributors of greenhouse gases and are not doing enough to cut emissions, due to reliance on fuels such as diesel and kerosene.

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Scottish Labour criticises SNP over privatised buses

Scottish Labour criticises SNP over privatised buses

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Richard Leonard wrote an article for Scottish newspaper, The Scotsman in which he is critical of the Scottish National Party’s supporting privatised bus services, arguing that it has prioritised shareholders and left some areas stranded. Noting that an expansion of bus services does not require a large amount of…

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Ultra-Low Emission Zone introduced in Central London

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced the introduction of the Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). The ULEZ has the same boundaries as the existing congestion charge zone but applies 24 hours, all days of the year. There are also no exemptions for motorbikes and scooters. Older and diesel vehicles will pay a…

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New intelligent transport systems for buses in Liverpool

New intelligent transport systems for buses in Liverpool

Buses in Liverpool will benefit from innovative traffic lights to speed up behind-schedule services. The new “Intelligent Transport System” will use real-time information to allow bus services running late to pass through the city quicker by either extending green signals, or by shortening the red-light stage. The technology will be used at 31 junctions in…

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Peers call for increased investment in coastal transport network

Peers call for increased investment in coastal transport network

The House of Lords Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee has published a report on the future of seaside towns. The report notes that many coastal communities are in need of investment, particularly in housing, transport, education and infrastructure. The report calls for a review of the coastal transport network and recommends that the government priorities improvements…

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Harrogate to run free electric bus service on Sundays

Harrogate to run free electric bus service on Sundays

Harrogate Bus Company announced that four electric bus services will continue to be free on Sundays. The announcement followed a month-long trial which saw a 70% rise in customers on the free services. The electric buses were partly funded by a £2.25 million investment from the Government’s Low Emissions Bus Scheme.

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