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Cycle Hire London

Cycle Hire London

Barclays Cycle Hire (BCH) is a public bicycle sharing scheme in London. The scheme’s bicycles are popularly known as ‘Boris Bikes’, after Boris Johnson, who was the Mayor of London when the scheme was launched on 30 July 2010.

Getting started is easy – simply hire a bike, ride it where you like, then return it to any of the hundreds of docking stations across the city. read more

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HS2 Plans Are Rejected By The High Court

HS2 Plans Are Rejected By The High Court

Objectors including 15 councils lose their bid to force further assessment of the controversial Government project.

Campaigners have vowed to fight on after the Court of Appeal rejected their latest challenges to the Government’s HS2 high-speed rail project.

Objectors including 15 councils and residents’ associations along the route had wanted judges to order further assessment of the entire scheme.

But their plea was dismissed on all grounds – although they were granted the right of a final appeal to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land. read more

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Heathrow Dreamliner Fire Linked To Battery

Heathrow Dreamliner Fire Linked To Battery

Investigators believe the blaze started in an emergency beacon, which showed some indications of disruption to the battery cells

12 of July 2013

12 of July 2013

Investigators have traced the source of a fire on an Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport to an emergency locator transmitter (ELT).

Air accident investigators said they believed the blaze may have started in the emergency beacon’s lithium manganese battery which could have overheated or short circuited, or an external short circuit within the ELT. read more

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New London Purpose-Built Airport Announcement

New London Purpose-Built Airport Announcement

The Mayor of London says he hopes that a new purpose-built airport could see the sale of Heathrow and housing built in its place

Boris Johnson has unveiled a shortlist of three locations on which a new London airport will be built.

He put forward his outer Thames Estuary, artificial island plan – dubbed “Boris Island” – for a new four-runway hub airport in a report published on Monday.

He also said that a new, four-runway airport on the Isle of Grain on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent – a plan already outlined by architect Lord Foster – should be considered and was his first choice. read more

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Dreamliner Fire ‘Not Linked To Batteries’

Dreamliner Fire ‘Not Linked To Batteries’

Investigators say there is “no evidence” of a link between the blaze on a Dreamliner at Heathrow and the plane’s batteries.

Air accident experts investigating a fire on board a Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow Airport have said there is “no evidence” of a link between the blaze and the plane’s batteries.

Earlier this year, Boeing temporarily withdrew Dreamliner jets from service for modifications after fears that batteries on board could cause fires.

The latest probe has been taking place following Friday’s incident amid concerns the aircraft type could be grounded again. read more

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Heathrow Dreamliner Plane Catches Fire

Heathrow Dreamliner Plane Catches Fire

A fire on a Dreamliner closes both runways – as another of the same aircraft turns back to Manchester after mechanical problems.

A fire on a parked Ethiopian Airlines Dreamliner plane has forced both runways at Heathrow Airport to close.

No injuries were reported and nobody was on board the aircraft, which was stationed at a remote parking stand.

Ethiopian Airlines said it had been there for more than eight hours before smoke was detected, adding that “the cause of the incident is under investigation by all concerned.” read more

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The UK Motor Industry Gets £1bn

The UK Motor Industry Gets £1bn

Britain’s motor industry is to receive more than £1bn in new funding over the next decade to improve its global competitiveness.

The joint UK motor industry and Government automotive strategy has agreed to the deal to help secure the growth and development of the vehicle and component manufacturing sector.

This new funding supports multi-billion pound investments announced in the last few years by global automotive companies to boost production levels and develop new technologies and models.

Developed under Automotive Council guidance, both industry and the Government will fund the investments. read more

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Dreamliner Test Flight ‘According To Plan’

Dreamliner Test Flight ‘According To Plan’

  • Posted: Mar 26, 2013
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Boeing claims a successful mission, as it attempts to return its grounded fleet of high-tech 787s to the air.

Boeing has said the first test flight of its Dreamliner plane since the type was grounded went according to plan.

The US company’s redesigned lithium-ion battery was put to the test during the flight, as it attempts to demonstrate it meets regulatory safety standards.

The plane flew for just over two hours, departing and returning to Everett, Washington, it said in a statement. read more

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HS2 High-Speed Rail Link

HS2 High-Speed Rail Link

  • Posted: Jan 28, 2013
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The Prime Minister today announces that the high-speed rail link will go ahead as planned although some economists stated this will do little to help the economy.

David Cameron has insisted high-speed rail links to the north of England will go ahead despite a growing backlash at the plans.

The second phase of the Government’s plans will take the route beyond Birmingham, with five new stations at Manchester, Manchester Airport, Toton in the East Midlands, Sheffield and in Leeds.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is bringing forward a public consultation to 2013 to fast-track the project. read more

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Taxi Card

Taxi Card

  • Posted: Nov 08, 2012
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Taxicard is a scheme that provides subsidised transport for people who have serious mobility impairment and difficulty in using public transport. Taxicard holders make journeys in licensed London taxis and private hires vehicles, and the subsidy applies directly to each trip.

The London Taxicard Scheme is funded by the participating London boroughs and the mayor of London. London Councils Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) manages the London Taxicard Scheme on their behalf. read more

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