Nissan allows drivers to start their car using Alexa

Carmaker Nissan and Amazon Alexa have teamed up to provide voice services for drivers. NissanConnect Services Skill with Amazon Alexa allows drivers to use their voice to remotely start their Nissan, unlock doors or flash the car’s lights in what Nissan say gives “convenience and peace of mind right from your home”. “Forgot to lock your […]

Active travel needs to be supported and encouraged, says Transport Minister

The public’s increasing interest in walking and cycling must be supported and encouraged as the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdowns, according to Transport Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris. This morning, the Guardian reports on Mr Heaton-Harris’ speech at an online conference organised by Living Streets. “This year has been one like no other, changing the way […]

Work underway to restore Twizel Viaduct’s former glory

Highways England Historical Railways Estate (HRE) is repairing Twizel Viaduct, near Cornhill-on-Tweed in Northumberland, to extend the life of the viaduct and allow people to continue enjoying the popular attraction. The six-arch structure, which was built in the middle of the 19th century, carries a permissive footpath, and a public footpath passes underneath. Recent detailed […]

PACTS asks ITS (UK) for approvals feedback

The UK’s enforcement technology industry is being urged to give feedback on aspects of legislation and approvals that it feels could be improved. At a meeting of the ITS (UK) Enforcement Forum, David Davies, Executive Director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety suggested that there may be shortcomings in the Home Office Type […]

Stoke-on-Trent becomes first council to purchase JCB’s new PotholePro

JCB has signed its first deal for its new pothole machine with Stoke-on-Trent, the council that helped develop the machine. The council became the first authority in the UK to invest in JCB’s PotholePro machine which repairs potholes four times quicker than standard methods, according to the company. Councillor Daniel Jellyman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, […]

Businesses sign up to be part of A30 upgrade project

A total of 65 SMEs have already registed their interest to take part in the A30 upgrade, with 60% of them from Cornwall. Of the companies registered so far with contractors Costain, a large percentage are involved in civil engineering, building and civil works, security, facilities management and landscaping, together with other professional services such […]

Oxford to Cambridge expressway is cancelled

The Department of Transport (DfT) has cancelled the Oxford-Cambridge (Ox-Cam) expressway, after analysis confirmed the proposed project was not cost-effective. Highways England had been developing potential options for a road link between Oxford and Milton Keynes. However, following close work with local partners since 2014, recent analysis shows that the benefits the road would deliver are […]

TfL bailed out till May

The government has offered to extend its emergency funding deal with Transport for London until May, to ensure services can continue running. London financial paper City AM reports the proposed deal would be TfL’s third bailout in the past year, after the body’s revenue plummeted by more than 90% last March during when the Government […]

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