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TRANSPORT NEWS Labour blames the Government for “dithering” over a decision to add additional airport capacity in the South East, saying that internal conflict is costing our economy millions upon millions of pounds. Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald was criticising the government during the Labour Party Conference, which during the speech to the Liverpool conference


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14th September 2016  TRANSPORT NEWS A pilot study conducted by the government has saved up to 90,000 lorry journeys resulting in cleaner air and reduced congestion on Britain’s roads. The governments trial project uses longer semi-trailers to transport goods between warehouses and depots, meaning that up to 10.6 million vehicle kilometres has been saved and


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UK HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS North Yorkshire bypass opens. Roads Minister Andrew Jones opened the £34.5m Bedale bypass which is designed to ease local traffic congestion by reducing traffic through Bedale, Leeming Bar and Aiskew by half. Designed by consultant Jacobs, and built by contractor Wills Bros in 18 months, the scheme was jointly


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UK HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS Leicestershire Road Bridge collapses. The Grove Lane Bridge in the village of Barrow-upon-Soar partially collapsed late in the evening on the 1st August, which has led to the suspension of services on the mainline between London and the East Midlands. Network Rail is launching a full investigation as to


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HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS Chris Grayling has been appointed Secretary of State for Transport by Theresa May. Mr Grayling, who has been Leader of the House of Commons since the 2015 general election, will oversee Heathrow Expansion and the future of the HS2 rail line. He previously served as the Justice Secretary from 2012,


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HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS Road maintenance enhancement of £5 million for Northern Ireland was announced this week by Chris Hazzard, Infrastructure Minister. The Minister said: “My Department’s priority is to ensure the safety of all road users and Transport NI manages an ongoing programme of roads maintenance. As a result of the outcome of


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HIGHWAYS, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS Gatwick Airport promises an early start if given the go-ahead by the Government, whose final recommendation is due this summer. The airport also said that its proposed second runway would be fully open before the following Election in 2025. In a letter to David Cameron, the Gatwick chairman Sir Roy


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16th May 2016 TRANSPORT NEWS The UK has been described as a ‘world leader’ in supporting the development of autonomous vehicles by a panel of experts, one week before Volvo Cars announced trials of autonomous vehicles in London. Iain Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, has outlined how the UK Government


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1st May 2016 TRANSPORT NEWS MP’s call for clean air zones to be introduced across dozens of English towns and cities to help tackle the increase in vehicle pollution. Plans to charge polluting vehicles currently only stand in five of the most polluted cities that include Leeds, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham and Southampton. The House of


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15th April 2016 TRANSPORT NEWS The Department for Transport has purchased a license to the software used in its National Transport Model (NTM) opening up the opportunity for the model to be used by other parties. The Department for Transport’s (DfT) purchase of the £76,500 license to MEPLAN software will enable them to read and