Self-driving, full-size single-decker bus starts operation for the first time in Oxfordshire

A new electric, self-driving single-decker bus, operated by First Bus, is carrying passengers in Oxfordshire between Didcot Parkway train station and Milton Park. It follows trials of a self-driving mini-bus around Milton Park, which then expanded to a round trip between the station and the business park, reports the BBC. First Bus said the bus’ radar, LiDAR and […]

Heriot-Watt to co-host UK research hub to decarbonise transport networks

Heriot-Watt University is to be part of a new national research hub that will help to upgrade and decarbonise the UK’s complex and interconnected national, regional and local transport infrastructures and to adapt to the effects of climate change. The new Research Hub for Decarbonised Adaptable and Resilient Transport Infrastructures (DARe) is led by Newcastle […]

More bus powers for local authorities in Scotland

The Scottish Government has now set out regulations that enable local transport authorities to explore the bus franchising and partnership powers in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019, giving them more options to improve bus services in their own areas.  The new powers, set out in the Programme for Government, will come into effect on 4 December, […]

Second scheme designed to improve safety around schools set to start in Oldham

Oldham’s second School Street scheme is going live, according to the council. The borough’s first School Street was launched at St Anne’s Primary School, Royton. Since then, it has proved a success and has received the backing of staff, parents, pupils as well as the former Paralympic Gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey OBE, the Active […]

Legal paperwork complete for persistent evader database launch

A one-man mission to properly identify motorists who ignore motoring legislation has come a step closer to success with the final legal paperwork approved to set up the National Persistent Evader Database. Alan Wood has spent ten years setting up the scheme which is the country’s only centralised database of offending vehicle behaviour data from […]

Cambridge abandons congestion charge plans

The leader of Cambridge City Council has announced Plans to charge drivers to use roads in Cambridge will not go ahead. The BBC reports that the Labour Group on the council has voted to withdraw support for the proposals because of the “impact on low income families”. Its move follows concerns raised by Liberal Democrats […]

BMW committing to build electric Mini in Oxford

BMW is to build thousands of electric Mini vehicles at its Cowley plant in Oxford after securing funding from the taxpayer. Various media outlets report the announcement will come after funding £75 million of funding from the government’s Automotive Transformation Fund was confirmed. BMW is understood to be spending around £600 million upgrading its site. […]

Cruise “days away” from driverless pod production

The General Motors subsidiary Cruise is “on the cusp” of mass-producing a driverless vehicle designed to transport up to six passengers. Cruise Origin doesn’t have manual steering controls or pedals and is designed to operate entirely through autonomous technology. The website IoT News reports it has faced a “significant hurdle’ obtaining approval from the US […]


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