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A sustainable transport strategy for Europe

A sustainable transport strategy for Europe

M F Warrender, Open Access Government, highlights EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc’s innovative plan to finance sustainable transport and infrastructure projects
Public sector pension case Supreme Court ruling

Judges rule long-term partner can claim public sector pension

A Northern Ireland woman has won a Supreme Court legal battle that is likely to improve the rights of unmarried couples over their public sector pension Denise Brewster was refused payments from her long-term partner’s occupational pension when he died suddenly in 2009. Arguing that the case constituted ‘serious discrimination’,...
HS2 train builders required

Hunt for HS2 train builders begins

Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary, has kicked off the process to award the contract for HS2 train builders, with 60 high-spec trains required The hunt is officially on for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of high-speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network. Up to 60 high specification trains...
local road funding

Local road funding gains £1.2bn government boost

The government has announced £1.2bn local road funding is to be shared between councils to upgrade the network, cut congestion and improve journey times

Reducing challenges and increasing skills in the aerospace sector

John Laughlin, Aerospace Programme Lead Innovate UK answers questions from AG on the UK aerospace sector and challenges that lie ahead

Energycaps: High power and high energy lithium ion capacitor

A research project in the frame of Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) – Marie Curie Actions The management of the electricity supply interruptions that can occur unexpectedly is vital for hospitals, telecommunication centers, airports, supermarkets, banks, tunnels or critical production plants. About 20 seconds are needed to start an additional electric...

On the way to a future-oriented railway system

Wim Fabries, European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Programme Director at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment in the Netherlands, explains how a system could improve railways in the country  The Netherlands has one of the busiest railway networks in the world. The quality and safety of its railways are...

The importance of adequate rail infrastructure financing

Libor Lochman, Britta Schreiner and Hans Besser from CER – the Voice of European Railways, emphasise the importance of infrastructure investment throughout Europe  Mobility is vital for the European Union’s internal market, for the quality of life of Europe’s citizens, and for society as a whole. Effective mobility requires a modern,...
Lack of chargers slows electric car sales

Lack of chargers slows electric car sales

Car dealers have warned that a lack of rapid charging points in Cumbria is preventing sales of electric vehicles from taking off A lack of facilities to charge electric cars is holding back sales in Cumbria. A grant of £562,500 was awarded to Cumbria County Council last year to install...
24-hour transport strike for Northern Ireland

24-hour transport strike for Northern Ireland

Public transport workers in Northern Ireland are set to go on strike for the second time, impacting bus and rail services across the nation Union Unite has confirmed a second strike will go ahead on Wednesday 6 May. The strike follows industrial action that took place last month for one...

Implementing road safety management

Tim Sparey BSI Tutor Delivery Manager and Janine Behrens Senior Global Portfolio Manager, Risk at BSI discuss the benefits of implementing road traffic safety management systems and reducing road risk Road safety management is a concern not just for businesses and organisations who need to ensure that it is part...
Innovative technology for armoured vehicles for the frontline

Innovative technology for armoured vehicles for the frontline

Professor Bryn James, Senior Fellow from the Physical Protection Group at Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) outlines how new technology is helping frontline troops stay protected The pace of delivery of new technology to frontline troops has increased significantly over the last few years. This acceleration of delivery is...

Investing in sustainable transport in Ireland

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport in the Republic of Ireland, Paschal Donohoe explains how investment in transport is essential to the economy. A well-functioning transport system is essential to a well-functioning economy. If we fail to invest in, and facilitate, efficient transport, we impose a range of costs...
East Coast franchise rail awarded

East Coast franchise rail awarded

The government has announced a consortium consisting of transport companies Stagecoach and Virgin have won the East Coast rail franchise. The East Coast mainline rail route is to be run by Stagecoach and Virgin, it has been announced. The route, which runs between London and Edinburgh, has been publicly-owned since...
The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first bio-bus in the UK goes into service

The first UK bus powered by human and food waste has gone into service between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The UK's first bus to run on biomethane gas has been launched. The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas. This takes...
£20bn Crossrail 2 route unveiled

£20bn Crossrail 2 route unveiled

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has unveiled preferred plans for the £20bn Crossrail 2 scheme, which will run north to south through London. Proposals for the Crossrail 2 segment of the project will be examined by the transport department before undertaking a public consultation of more detailed plans. Work could begin...

The importance of maritime safety throughout Europe

Markku Mylly, Executive Director at the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) details how they work with the European Commission to maintain safety and implement EU legislation. For Europe, maritime transport has been a catalyst of economic development and prosperity throughout its history. Maritime transport enables trade and contacts between all the...

Asset management in the rail industry

Benefits of adopting the new ISO 55000 standard For many years the Rail Industry has been relatively stable with progressive evolution and development, however more recently significant changes have been seen. The recent development and technological advancements have resulted in numerous efficiencies with more transportation being undertaken on the rail...

Rail infrastructure – a lasting legacy

Stephen Hammond, Minister for Rail at the Department for Transport details how investment in rail is growing and its positive impact on the nation’s economy. Rail travel in Britain is soaring. Over the past 20 years, passenger demand has doubled, and on intercity routes it has grown even faster. Although...

Energy that matters

James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, sets out why we need to learn to love Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) – before it’s too late. In front of the Public Liaison Committee in Parliament, the Prime Minister laid out the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to the...

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