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Hitachi will unveil its first ever UK-built commuter train which was built at the firm's Newton Aycliffe site.

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Railway investment to boost reliability and punctuality, for major upgrades and for new, faster, more comfortable trains.

Oxford will be first British city to ban all polluting vehicles [Subscription]

Petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from the centre of Oxford under plans to create Britain’s first “zero-emission zone”.

Speculation grows about Network Rail funding

THE government is expected to reveal details of its delayed Statement of Funds Available for railway maintenance and enhancements between 2019 and 2024 by the end of the week. Network Rail is waiting to see which projects could be restarted, after a cull of electrification schemes which was prompted by sharply rising costs. Both the Office of Rail and Road and NR now need to know where they stand, because several crucial budget landmarks will fall in 2018. Network Rail CEO Mark Carne has already said that he wants more private sector investment in the railway, and fair contributions from thir...

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  • Monarch: MP urges change in law to protect pension schemesFrank Field reacts to report that airline owner Greybull Capital could collect ‘bumper profit’ while workers lose outThe chair of parliament’s work and pensions committee has called for a change in the law following reports that the owners of collapsed airline Monarch may end up with a profit while the company’s pensioners lose out.The Labour MP Frank Field expressed concern over claims that private equity group Greybull Capital could avoid losing money while the carrier’s pension fund – which is owed £7.5m – could be among creditors left with nothing. Continue reading...

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  • Leeds welcomes electric double decker bus trial Following a successful trial in York, First Leeds has launched its trial of a new fully electric double decker bus. The “Metrodecker EV” is being trialled by local bus operator First Leeds and will be seen serving the Park & Ride sites at Elland Road and Temple Green.  The zero-emission and fully electric bus has the capacity to carry 99 passengers and has a range of nearly 150 miles from one overnight charge. The new vehicle is being trialled as part of First Leeds’s commitment to investing £71m in 284 new ultra-low emissions buses for the city. Paul Matth...

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  • Debate on Welsh Valley lines futureThe risks involved in transferring ownership of the Welsh Valley lines to the Welsh Government (WAG) are being considered by Network Rail, according to Rail Minister Paul Maynard.

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  • UTG: Rail investment 'high value for money'Investment in the regional rail network can represent “high value for money” as well as providing “transformative benefits” to surrounding areas, a report from the Urban Transport Group (UTG) has concluded. The new study aimed to solidify arguments around rail investments...
  • State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West YorkshireWork to upgrade signalling in West Yorkshire to a new state-of-the-art system will begin on 28 October. The operations are part of the Great North Rail Project and represent phase two of a three phase plan which will change all the signalling in the area from traditional lineside signal boxes to...
  • RIA: rail finance figures for 2016-17 represent 'big opportunity'The RIA have today stated that the latest ORR annual statistical report indicates a “big opportunity” for suppliers. The report shows that while government funding was down 12.6% compared to 2015-16, private investment had a real-term increase of 13.2% to £925m. This figure...

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  • Speculation grows about Network Rail funding THE government is expected to reveal details of its delayed Statement of Funds Available for railway maintenance and enhancements between 2019 and 2024 by the end of the week. Network Rail is waiting to see which projects could be restarted, after a cull of electrification schemes which was prompted by sharply rising costs. Both the Office of Rail and Road and NR now need to know where they stand, because several crucial budget landmarks will fall in 2018. Network Rail CEO Mark Carne has already said that he wants more private sector investment in the railway, and fair contributions from thir...

Aviation Industry

  • Aircalin firms Airbus orderAircalin, the Noumea-based carrier in the French territory of New Caledonia, has firmed up its order for two Airbus A320neos single-aisle and two A330-900 widebody aircraft. read more
  • Icelandair joins economy fares trendIcelandair has joined the increasing number of airlines segmenting their economy-class fares with the announcement of a new pricing structure. read more
  • CityJet posts losses as expansion continuesIrish carrier CityJet posted a pre-tax loss of €30.2 million ($35.8 million) for 2016, as a result of financing new aircraft, acquiring airlines and creating a new base in Scandinavia. read more
  • CBP testing biometric facial recognition with TSA at JFK Terminal 7US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) initiated a 30-day test of facial recognition biometric technology at a TSA international checkpoint at New York-JFK airport’s Terminal 7, the agency said Oct. 11. read more

Green Miscellany

  • Cyclists in Ireland are having a hard time of itCyclists in Eire and Northern Ireland are having a hard time of it. First came the news this summer that electrically-assisted bicycles in Northern Ireland have no legal classification and as a result are considered in law to be little different from mopeds and as such require insurance, and MOT and VED to be paid. Over the border, the transport… The post Cyclists in Ireland are having a hard time of it appeared first on ETA.

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