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Stretch of road outside Stockholm transfers energy from two tracks of rail in the road, recharging the batteries of electric cars and trucks. The world's first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden.About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm, but the government's roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion.

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Decision time is coming soon

Last weekend marked an important, but largely unnoticed date. It is now less than a year until the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force on 8 April 2019.

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  • Young people deserve free bus passesLabour’s new policy could be the first step towards a fairer allocation of resources and a tiptoe towards universal basic services
  • Labour warns Apollo against pursuing interest in FirstGroupLabour and the RMT union have warned the US private equity firm Apollo Global Management off pursuing its interest in the transport firm FirstGroup, after the British company rejected a takeover approach.
  • World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in SwedenStretch of road outside Stockholm transfers energy from two tracks of rail in the road, recharging the batteries of electric cars and trucks. The world's first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden.About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm, but the government's roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion.
  • Could allowing dogs on trains help ease Sydney's car crisis?As the city struggles to reduce traffic, a strict no-dog public transport policy forces owners into cars, causing 2.4m journeys a week. Time for a rethink? Sydney loves to boast of its cafe culture, but only Leichhardt’s Cafe Bones makes it accessible to those on four legs. Situated in the middle of Hawthorne Canal Reserve, a large park in the city’s affluent inner west, its menu extends beyond flat whites and friands to lactose-free “puppaccinos” and “dogaccinos” – the low-fat alternative “for the health-conscious pup”. Now in its 18th year, Cafe Bones bills itself as the world’s first dog-f...

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  • Bombardier to bid on New Jersey rail contract: sourcesMONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier (BBDb.TO) will bid on an upcoming New Jersey Transit rail car contract, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the Canadian plane and train maker seeks to boost its North American business after losing ground in the region to rivals.

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  • ‘Let’s talk’With local authorities around the country not only cutting back on contracted bus routes, but also what they spend on publicising services generally, Fair Oak, Eastleigh-based PB Bus Marketing believes it’s well placed to ‘step into the breach.’ It says it understands the challenges independent bus operators, in particular, are now facing and has the expertise to help them better publicise and promote what they do.
  • ‘Let’s talk’With local authorities around the country not only cutting back on contracted bus routes, but also what they spend on publicising services generally, Fair Oak, Eastleigh-based PB Bus Marketing believes it’s well placed to ‘step into the breach.’ It says it understands the challenges independent bus operators, in particular, are now facing and has the expertise to help them better publicise and promote what they do.
  • ‘Let’s talk’With local authorities around the country not only cutting back on contracted bus routes, but also what they spend on publicising services generally, Fair Oak, Eastleigh-based PB Bus Marketing believes it’s well placed to ‘step into the breach.’ It says it understands the challenges independent bus operators, in particular, are now facing and has the expertise to help them better publicise and promote what they do.
  • Safeguard Coaches adds new ticket options targeting young passengersFamily-owned Safeguard Coaches of Guildford introduced new bus fares on April 7, 2018, which include a new fare for young people and families.
  • London to try a tri-axle ‘deckerLondon’s latest clocks a number of ‘firsts’ & is expected to be trialled on route Go-Ahead London’s X68 route this Summer

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  • Network Rail offers young people career support through charity partnershipOver 150 young people looking to move into employment will be given advice by rail industry employees through a partnership between Network Rail and Barnardo’s. Since Barnardo’s was named as Network Rail’s charity of choice in 2016, over 50 young people have been given careers...
  • NR awards Ł115m track deal to Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty has been awarded a seven-year contract worth over £115m by Network Rail. The contract is for the supply, operation and maintenance of Balfour Beatty’s fleet of 13 track maintenance vehicles, known as ‘on track machines’ or ‘tampers’ by Network...

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  • Decision time is coming soonLast weekend marked an important, but largely unnoticed date. It is now less than a year until the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) comes into force on 8 April 2019.
  • O-Licences, thanks to digitalWith the start of digital-only O-Licence applications this month, bring to an end paper applications, the Traffic Commissioners (TCs) are clamping down on operators whose businesses have faced financial difficulty, but failed to tell the TC.
  • Bristol CT wins Metrobus contractBristol Community Transport (BCT) is to run route m1 - the longest Metrobus route - on the three-route 50km Bristol Metrobus
  • Bath sets out plans to charge in CAZBath & North East Somerset council has outlined the three options it is considering for the implementation of a charging Clean Air Zone in the central core of Bath.

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  • Welsh Govt tenders Ł7m infrastructure works for possible Heathrow hubThe Welsh Government is seeking to appoint a contractor to construct infrastructure, including a 1km road, for a 100 acre development site in Bridgend that could become a logistics hub for the expansion of Heathrow airport.
  • More than 66% of Brits missing out on significant rail ticket savingsNew research from Greater Anglia has revealed that more than a fifth of people are not aware of the various train ticket types available, with travellers potentially losing out on significant savings as a result.
  • MEP calls for an end to foreign rail firmsThe Government has been accused of "selling out" British rail companies after inviting more overseas companies to bid for UK train franchises.
  • West Midlands reaps the devolution dividendA new metro mayor, growing commuter rail use, light rail expansion projects, HS2… this is a region that's going places   A visualisation of the Midland Metro terminius at Edgbaston  
  • TOCs want action to limit reputational riskConcerns follow furore over the collapse of the East Coast franchise, which saw Stagecoach/Virgin unfairly accused of receiving a taxpayer bail out   The issue was raised during the furore over the forthcoming collapse of the East Coast franchise   Train operators have asked the Department for Transport to review its approach to publicising rail franchise awards to provide more accurate information to the public and prevent reputational damage to the industry.
  • Government must face up to congestionMinisters and their shadows pretend not to notice a problem that is choking off buses, because they’re afraid of upsetting motorists   One bus can replace well over 70 cars. There is no downside   The latest figures show a continuing and concerning decline in the number of bus passenger journeys. And the standard responses – higher fares and reduced services – will at best bring short-term financial relief but at the cost of further decline and long-term damage. Yet the options available to bus companies are limited, and we need to look more widely if this trend is to be ...
  • Is this the home of the mobility revolution?The West Midlands is hosting the UKs first trial of Mobility as a Service, launched this month with help from a creative three-storey marketing ploy   The Nordic micro-house in Brindleyplace is the size of a parking space.
  • Bus service subsidy secured for another year - but concerns raisedWINCHESTER city councillors have agreed to subside late-night buses for another year.

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