Speed restrictions in Wales to tackle air pollution

The new measures are expected to help reduce vehicle emissions by up to 18%

Self-driving lorries trial steers towards fuel savings

  A trial for self-driving lorries is expected to help slash fuel costs and congestion on UK roads. The £8.1 million “platooning” trial will see three heavy goods vehicles travelling in convoy, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle and mirrored. However, all lorries in the platoon will always have a driver ready […]

Government awards £4m for transport innovation

The UK Government has awarded £4 million for innovative transport technology projects. It hopes the money will help cut congestion, speed up journeys and clean up the environment. A total of 19 councils across England will receive between £50,000 and £300,000 each for their ideas to improve the quality of road journeys and reduce the negative effects […]

Defra offers prize fund for climate change adaptation

British scientists could win £100,000 to develop their designs to protect the UK’s transport links, power stations, water treatment plants and wi-fi networks against the threats of climate change. Defra is offering a total prize fund of £400,000 to four winners in a new competition launched by Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach today. Lord Taylor said: […]

Flood warning for North of England

People in Greater Manchester, Liverpool, the Wirral, North Cheshire and Lancashire are being advised to prepare for flooding from tomorrow afternoon through to Saturday, after the Met Office warned of very heavy rain. The Met Office issued an amber severe weather warning for heavy rain across parts of Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire. The Environment Agency said 50 to 60 mm […]

Digging deep to improve our streets

Transport Minister Norman Baker has today launched an industry-led charter to improve the safety of street works. The Safe Dig Charter was launched with the utilities sectors and contractors to ensure the highest standards of safety and best practice when digging up our streets. It’s aim is to cut down on the number of power […]

Climate change ‘supercomputers’ get £19m from government

Climate change “supercomputers” are getting a chunk of a multi-million pound fund pledged by the Government to improve the country’s “e-infrastructure”. E-infrastructure refers to data storage, faster networks and large, high-performance supercomputers. David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said that the scheme, which is giving £158million to UK scientists and businesses, was proof the […]

£40m heavy duty vehicle energy project launched

The Energy Technologies Institute yesterday launched one of Europe’s largest heavy duty vehicle efficiency programmes. The £40m programme will look at increasing the efficiencies of shipping, heavy goods vehicles, construction and agricultural equipment by almost a third. Heavy duty vehicles currently contribute 8% of the UK’s overall CO2 emissions. The low carbon fuel options for […]