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  • What would the perfect cycling city look like?If you were building a city for bicycles from scratch, what would you include and leave out? In an edited excerpt from his new book Velotopia, Steven Fleming imagines a pedallers’ paradiseVelotopia is as circular as the topography has allowed, for the usual reason that citizens are always clamouring to live near the civic centre. Development has been restricted to level ground and city limits have been restricted to a diameter of 15km. That ensures average commuting distances of less than 7km and average trip times of less than 30 minutes by bike. Continue reading...
  • Mazda boosts petrol engine efficiency in fresh blow to dieselJapanese carmaker says from 2019 it will sell cars fitted with engines that largely eliminate need for spark plugs, improving fuel consumption by 30%One of the world’s largest automotive firms has hailed a technological breakthrough for the petrol engine, in an engineering twist for an industry racing to embrace the electric car. Japanese car manufacturer Mazda claims to have designed a vehicle that will largely eliminate the need for spark plugs in petrol engines, increasing fuel efficiency by as much as 30%. The development also increases the existential threat facing diesel engines because ...

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  • RDG to start roll-out of digital railcardsA new innovation by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is set to ensure that passengers will never miss out on a discount from a railcard again, as they will soon be able to store it digitally on their phones. For the first time, passengers will be able to bring up their railcard on their phones. The...
  • IRR experts take lead to deliver lighter-weight freight bogiesExperts from the University of Huddersfield’s Institute of Railway Research (IRR) have announced an ambitious plan to double the amount of freight carried by trains across Europe through the development of lighter-weight bogies. The project, part of the EU funded DYNAFREIGHT programme, is...
  • Carlisle station's £14.5m roof renewal work takes shapeNew pictures released this week by Network Rail of improvements being made to Carlisle station’s roof have shown that passengers are benefiting from the new look. The works, costing £14.5m, are part of the Great North Rail Project, a strand of the Railway Upgrade Plan, and are aiming...

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