UK Government scrapped rail electrification schemes ‘due to costs’

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had said journeys could be improved sooner than expected without the need for “disruptive electrification works” due to advances in train power technologies

Vehicle emissions cheats could face UK criminal charges

Car manufacturers supplying vehicles fitted with defeat devices could face criminal charges and unlimited fines under new rules proposed by the UK Government. The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched a consultation outlining the crackdown, which includes a new laboratory test procedure (WLTP) for measuring fuel consumption, revised emissions and safety standards for specialist and […]

TRL chosen to evaluate performance of low emission buses

The global centre for transport and mobility innovation, TRL, has been appointed to monitor and evaluate the performance of low emission buses across the UK. The Department for Transport’s (DfT) Low Emission Bus Scheme has provided grants for the deployment of low emission buses and related infrastructure on existing routes. Bus operators are using the […]

Northern regions ‘breaching air quality limits by 150%’

Some regional cities in the UK are in breach of legal limits on air quality by up to 150%. That’s according to a new report, which is calling on the government to do more to address the crisis of toxic fumes from vehicles, “killing thousands” of people. The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) North […]

Government consults on EV charging infrastructure

The Department for Transport (DfT) is inviting views on a series of measures that aims to make electric vehicle (EV) charging points more widely available and accessible. They would give government powers to support the rollout of charging and hydrogen fuelling infrastructure and improve consumer access through the Modern Transport Bill. Some of the measures […]

UK offers £25m for green fuel projects

The UK green fuels industry is getting a boost today, thanks to a £25 million fund. Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of the pot as part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) competition to build advanced biofuel plants. Biofuels are liquid fuels which have been derived from materials such as waste […]

UK to spend £440m for green transport

The Government has picked 44 new sustainable transport schemes across England that will receive a share of funding totalling £64 million. It is the latest round of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Sustainable Transport Fund, with local enterprise partnerships also investing more than £100 million of the funding they received earlier this week. Further matched […]

Calls for public inquiry into North Sea helicopter crashes

Calls for the Government to launch a full public inquiry into helicopter safety were renewed this week by offshore union RMT. It coincides with the Fatal Accident Investigation into the deadly 2009 North Sea helicopter crash which opened on Monday in Aberdeen. On 1st April 2009 a Super Puma helicopter plummeted into the sea, killing […]

Local authorities share £5m fund for greener buses

Eleven local authorities in England have been awarded grants to upgrade almost 400 local buses in a bid to reduce pollution. They were invited to bid for funds worth up to £1 million from the Department for Transport’s (DfT) Clean Bus Technology Fund launched earlier this year. A total of 31 local authorities applied for […]

£25m fund for sustainable UK biofuel projects

A £25 million fund has been launched for the construction of waste-to-energy and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK. Companies can bid for a share of the fund by proposing new ideas for viable demonstration-scale plants that can drive the development of the UK’s biofuel industry. The cash will be made available by the […]