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Scotrail cuts leave commuters facing chaos

Abellio ScotRail, the main train operator in Scotland, has laid out a timetable from May 2022 which will see the present pandemic-related train cuts extended for some time into the future. Though this timetable will see a modest increase in daily train services – from 2000 to 2100 – it comes at the expense of […]

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The Scotland-Northern Ireland bridge: yet another disastrous plan for transport

In this week’s ‘news you didn’t think you needed because it’s absolutely mental – and not in a good way’ our illustrious Prime Minister has announced a green light for the next phase of the spectacularly pointless HS2 railway link which will at long last (and only about £70 billion over budget) link together Birmingham […]

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Transport spending in our ever dis-United Kingdom

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, has come out by criticising leaked potential delays to HS2, claiming that “It’s the same old story. London and the South gets whatever it wants, and it’s all about penny-pinching in the North.” The leaked document claimed that HS2’s budget runs the risk of inflating over £100bn, an unprecedented […]

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Scotrail’s failings show why nationalisation could be a viable solution

Between 1994 and 1997, British Rail was privatised. This was done due to an ideological fervour sweeping through a few Tory MPs, not a desire to improve transportation. Reasons given for this were the stale sandwiches, lack of commercial flair and an ability of the private sector to encourage greater competition. But British Rail was […]

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Autonomous buses in Edinburgh? The future of the transport industry

Your days of thanking a human driver when getting off a city bus may be coming to an end. This week The Guardian reported that the UK’s driverless vehicle initiative will result in autonomous buses in Edinburgh as early as next year. The trial of driverless vehicles will be launched in Edinburgh and London, with […]

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University of Edinburgh team invited to Hyperloop design weekend

Image: HypED Hyperloop is a big deal. Called ‘the fifth mode of transportation’ (after cars, trains, boats and planes), Hyperloop combines aspects of all the traditional four, but adds a whole new dimension to them. Imagine it like this: passenger and freight are placed into a capsule. This capsule is inside a near-vacuum tube, and […]