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Carmaker’s head says at WEF in Davos that company will ‘re-evaluate’ situation once UK’s relationship with EU is settled Nissan will conduct a review of its Sunderland plant’s competitiveness once the UK’s future relationship with the EU is settled, the head of the Japanese carmaker has said.Carlos Ghosn’s remarks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos may raise concerns about the commitment of company to the UK, following its pledge in October to turn the factory into one of the biggest car plants in the world. Continue reading...

Wheels are in motion for HS2 contract race [Subscription]

The next stage in delivering the HS2 rail network got under way yesterday when the search began for a company to take on the £2.75 billion contract to build the high-speed trains.

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Derby's Bombardier 'very keen' to bid for £2.75bn HS2 train contract

Derby train-maker Bombardier is "very keen" to bid for a £2.75 billion contract to design, build and maintain high speed trains for the new HS2 rail link, the Derby Telegraph understands.

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  • Protesters barricade Uber offices: 'No business as usual' on inauguration dayActivists hold signs attacking company that ‘collaborates with Trump’ as protests are staged at other sites around San FranciscoProtesters attempt to disrupt inaugural events in WashingtonAnti-Trump protesters barricaded the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco on Friday morning to call attention to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s “collaboration” with the new administration on Trump’s inauguration day. Protesters blocked traffic outside the ride-hailing company’s main office with a giant banner reading: “Uber collaborates with Trump”, while others used PVC piping and chains to blockade the entranc...
  • Uber to pay $20m over claims it misled drivers over how much they would earnAgreement with Federal Trade Commission covers statements Uber made while trying to recruit more drivers to expand its service and remain ahead of LyftUber is paying $20m to settle allegations that it duped people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car. The agreement announced on Thursday with the Federal Trade Commission covers statements Uber made from late 2013 until 2015 while trying to recruit more drivers to expand its service and remain ahead of its main rival, Lyft. Continue readi...
  • ScotRail boss resigns after pressure over firm's performancePhil Verster’s departure for another rail job raises doubts about future of Scotland’s transport minister Humza Yousaf Phil Verster, the beleaguered boss of the ScotRail franchise, has resigned after weeks of pressure over the company’s poor performance.His decision to quit to take up another rail industry job has plunged the Scottish government into an unexpected crisis, raising further questions about the future of the transport minister, Humza Yousaf. Continue reading...
  • Nissan to review Sunderland plant's competitiveness after BrexitCarmaker’s head says at WEF in Davos that company will ‘re-evaluate’ situation once UK’s relationship with EU is settled Nissan will conduct a review of its Sunderland plant’s competitiveness once the UK’s future relationship with the EU is settled, the head of the Japanese carmaker has said.Carlos Ghosn’s remarks on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos may raise concerns about the commitment of company to the UK, following its pledge in October to turn the factory into one of the biggest car plants in the world. Continue reading...
  • US airstrike kills more than 100 alleged al-Qaida militants in Syria, Pentagon saysA B-52 bomber and aerial drones struck a training camp in Idlib province Thursday, less than a day after Isis targeted in Libya airstrike approved by ObamaMore than 100 alleged militants have been killed in a US airstrike on an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, the Pentagon said, announcing the second major US counter-terrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama’s presidency. Related: Obama departs White House with a promise: 'I'll be right there with you' Continue reading...

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  • Four killed after car strikes pedestrians in MelbourneA man with a history of mental health and drug abuse issues drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city, killing at least four people, including a child, and injuring at least 29 others, police said.

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  • The hunt is on for a company to build HS2 trains in �2.75 billion government rail investmentThe hunt for a company to design, build and maintain a fleet of state-of-the-art high speed trains for Britain’s HS2 network was launched by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling. Providing a world class passenger experience is at the heart of the requirements for companies interested in bidding for the £2.75 billion contract. Up to 60 high specification trains to transport passengers at around 225mph on Britain’s new high speed rail service are needed. Hundreds of jobs will be created by the government’s investment, boosting Britain’s skills and expertise in this...

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  • Continuous Wi-Fi Solution for Chiltern Railways WiFi SPARK is a leading specialist in public wireless solutions. The company is the owner and developer of the unique SPARK® platform which delivers the most flexible, feature rich and scalable solution for guest access Wi-Fi on the market today.
  • The future of East West RailShortly before the end of last year, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced unprecedented proposals to create a new and independent East West Rail operation tasked with designing, managing and running services between Oxford and Cambridge. RTM's Luana Salles reports.
  • Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcardsLondon mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was revealed that it would have been possible for him to freeze the price of travelcards. A leaked document acquired by the MayorWatch blog via a FoI request showed that TfL...
  • 'Transformational change' in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrificationA committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to the new Wales and Borders franchise as an opportunity for “transformational change” to the network. In a new report, the Welsh Affairs Committee (WAC) said that...
  • Search starts for company to build �2.75bn HS2 fleetThe government has started looking for a company to design, build and maintain 60 of HS2’s state-of-the-art trains for the first phase of the high-speed rail network, with the contract due to be awarded in 2019. Companies and suppliers have been pre-advised of the £2.75bn contract to...
  • Verster to leave ScotRail for East West RailPhil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the East West Rail project in the spring. The new East West Rail organisation, announced by the transport secretary Chris Grayling late last year, will...

  • �HS2 train procurement launched The Government has started the procurement process for the first generation of trains on HS2. The contract is valued at �2.75 billion, and will involve up to 60 new trains capable of travelling at 360km/h. The work to build the new fleet will create 'hundreds of jobs', according to the Department for Transport, and the winning bidder will maintain the fleet at Washwood Heath in Birmingham alongside the HS2 Network Control Centre. The award of the contract is expected at the end of 2019.
  • West Coast/HS2 franchise 'once in a lifetime opportunity' A new prospectus for the next Intercity West Coast franchise has been published by the Department for Transport, confirming that the next operator will also be expected to manage the introduction of services on HS2. Phase 1 of the high speed line is due to open in 2026. and the DfT has described the combined project as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'. Known as the West Coast Partnership franchise, the contract will run from 2019, and the DfT has described its ambitions for the route:
  • ScotRail chief Phil Verster in surprise resignation The managing director of the ScotRail deep alliance Phil Verster has resigned, only a day after he reportedly clashed with Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf over the cost of giving season ticket holders a week of free travel in compensation for disruption over recent months. The problems have been attributed to the amount of upgrade work which is being carried out in the central belt, including the key electrification scheme between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh. Mr Verster, who has only been in his job since 2015, is moving to manage the new East West Rail project announced by tr...

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  • Japan Airlines to offer service to New YorkJapan Airlines (JAL) is reshuffling some of its flights this summer to offer its first service to New York from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and will also boost capacity in the New York and Honolulu markets. read more

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  • Go CycleThe ETA Trust is currently working with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to help deliver�road shows to promote cycling as part of their Go Cycle programme. Win a set of lights To celebrate the start of this year’s events later this month, we have five sets of LED lights and five puncture repair kits to give away. Simply… The post Go Cycle appeared first on ETA.
  • Mobile phones and driving dangerThe more you cycle, the more you notice how many motorists are using their mobile phones while at the wheel. The threat of a penalty, which will soon comprise six points and a fine of �200, seemingly has little effect. The fact that drivers fail to take the matter seriously mirrors the apathy exhibited by the authorities; in 2015, cyclist… The post Mobile phones and driving danger appeared first on ETA.

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  • Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer ShortfallUK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to…
  • Top marks for UK freight forwarders The British International Freight Association (BIFA) – – has revealed the winners of its Freight Service Awards competition 2016.The winners of the nine General, Modal and Specialist categories in the Awards, which has established a benchmark of quality for the British freight forwarding industry for more than a quarter of a century, are: Delamode, DSV Road, Greenshields Cowie, MIQ Logistics,  Panalpina, Priority Freight, U Cargo, Uniserve Group, Unsworth Global Logistics. In the Individual category, the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder Award was Nikki Hall of Embassy F...
  • China plans to ease road congestion China has unveiled ambitious plans to develop a multimodal transportation system to ease road congestion and lower transportation and packaging costs, as its leading mode of truck haulage has
  • Eight new ships to launch by cruise lines this year Eight new ships will be deployed by various cruise lines this year, including the world’s largest in terms of passenger capacity, to hold 5,700 cruisers at maximum occupancy.However, if 2016 was a year of big new ships, 2017 is different. Compared to last year’s seven, this year’s eight – not including two exclusively for the Chinese market – will have just 13,900 new beds; last year it was 18,500. And two of the ships account for nearly 10,000 of these beds.The world’s biggest for passenger capacity will be MSC Meraviglia (5,700), but six will hold fewer than 1,000 passengers, three fewer th...
  • Heathrow Black Lives Matter protest: Nine people who blocked major airport route found guilty of wilful obstruction Nine out of the 10 protesters, who were arrested following the incident on the M4 southbound spur road to the airport, were found guilty of wilful obstruction and ordered to pay fines

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