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Road congestion sees sharp increase as Covid restrictions ease
Road congestion sees sharp increase as Covid restrictions ease After months of closure, businesses including hairdressers, bars and non-essential shops were finally allowed to reopen, meaning thousands workers needed to travel into work while shoppers could return to the high street once more.
Satellite mapping firm TomTom reported that ...
Electric trucks closer to competitiveness with diesel than previously assumed
Electric trucks closer to competitiveness with diesel than previously assumed The transport sector generates approximately a quarter of global carbon emissions, making it a key target of decarbonisation strategies, along with heating and electricity generation. It is often assumed that heavy battery-powered freight trucks have a limited role to play ...
Ridesharing services could be worsening traffic congestion
Ridesharing services could be worsening traffic congestion Researchers from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) used datasets covering mobility trends and socio-demographic changes to show that ridesharing services lead, on average, to increased road congestion in both intensity and duration. They also found an 8.9 ...
Public transport should be ‘loneliness proofed’ and digital divide tackled, say MPs
Public transport should be ‘loneliness proofed’ and digital divide tackled, say MPs The call from MPs in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Loneliness comes after many people have lost loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a report, it called on the Department for Transport to require local transport authorities to ...
30-year programme of rail electrification needs to start now, MPs say
30-year programme of rail electrification needs to start now, MPs say The Commons’ Transport Select Committee (TSC) said the government should do this “as a matter of priority” including publishing a long-term strategy for not only electrification, but also the use of batteries and hydrogen technology.
Running trains with electricity rather ...
The measure of: Pegasus Vertical Business Jet
The measure of: Pegasus Vertical Business Jet The Pegasus Vertical Business Jet (VBJ), developed by Pegasus Universal Aerospace, is a lightweight hybrid passenger aircraft with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities that will allow it to land almost anywhere, according to its makers. With its cool-air fan ...
On yer bike: how the pandemic gave traction to London’s two-wheeled ambitions
On yer bike: how the pandemic gave traction to London’s two-wheeled ambitions Before the pandemic hit, the capital’s transport network was feeling the pressure. The London Underground was operating at far beyond its designed capacity, and every day saw an estimated 2.9 million journeys made by passengers, 38 per cent more compared ...
UK drone delivery network for medical supplies begins testing
UK drone delivery network for medical supplies begins testing The hope is that the drone network will speed up patient response and sample turnaround times, whilst also making drone delivery of blood for lifesaving transfusions a reality.
The technology has already been used in this way with PPE and coronavirus ...
View from Brussels: Killing the combustion engine
View from Brussels: Killing the combustion engine Volvo is the latest marque to make a big announcement about its future, recently revealing that it will halt sales of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars by 2030 and after this time go all-in on electric propulsion.
Other auto giants ...
How Europe’s dark fishing fleets threaten West Africa
How Europe’s dark fishing fleets threaten West Africa The Veracruz shouldn’t simply disappear. This is no small fishing boat but a 108m-long, 3,755 gross tonnage, refrigerated cargo ship built in 1977. Yet every time it crosses the sea border from Namibia to Angola it seems to do exactly ...
Devolved governments shoot down proposal to build NI-Scotland bridge
Devolved governments shoot down proposal to build NI-Scotland bridge In February last year, it emerged that the UK government was considering building a £20bn bridge between the two countries, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson particularly keen as a way to cement the legacy of his time in office. 
But ...
Curved roadside barriers shown to reflect air pollution away from pedestrians
Curved roadside barriers shown to reflect air pollution away from pedestrians The team used airflow modelling techniques to study the effects of different shapes of roadside structures designed to deflect particulates away from pedestrians.
Low air quality is often more prevalent in less affluent communities, as they are typically situated near ...
£20m up for grabs for zero-emission vehicle innovations
£20m up for grabs for zero-emission vehicle innovations The competition is open to all ideas for zero-emission vehicles, such as electric emergency vehicles, improved charging technology, or EV battery recycling. Previous winners include pop-up electric vehicle (EV) chargers, which rise from the pavement, and a hydrogen-fuelled ambulance prototype ...
Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak.
Policy paper: Global Travel Taskforce: safe return of international travel Sets out the recommendations made by the government’s Global Travel Taskforce to support the safe return of international travel following the coronavirus pandemic.
Official Statistics: Haulier coronavirus testing To monitor the number of tests delivered and the positivity rate of the tests.

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