Will Sunak Drive Change?

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Photograph by Robert Linder on Unsplash                                      History has a habit of repeating itself, and the latest announcement of the scrapping of most of the proposed UK High Speed rail network is just the latest example. It is…

High Speed Rail Link to Integrate Baltics with Western Europe

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Photo by Winston Chen on Unsplash Rail Baltica is a greenfield rail transport infrastructure project with the goal of integrating the Baltic States into the European rail network and is a part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T),  European Union’s instrument aimed at ensuring the territorial cohesion of the Union and facilitating the free movement of goods and…

Missing The Bus

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Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash In 2021 the UK hosted the COP26 summit, designed to agree practical steps to implement the Paris Climate accords. Both India and China joined other key players in making significant commitments, and there was general agreement that real progress was being made – and widespread acknowledgment that the UK was providing a…

Gone to Pot

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Photo by Liam Riby on Unsplash The latest report by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC), just published, announced that vehicle breakdowns in Britain caused by potholes have now reached a five-year high. The number of potholes is also increasing – a stark contrast to the proud legacy over two centuries of the country leading the world in road-building technology….

Port of Dover Celebrates 70th Anniversary

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Photo by Dan Senior on Unsplash It may have passed under the radar but this month marks the 70th anniversary of a key landmark in Great Britain. For seven decades it has “stood as an integral connection between the British Isles and Europe.” The landmark in question is the Port of Dover, home to one of the busiest…

Leading Airline Flies the Flag for Sustainability

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Emirates’ plans to upgrade the entire interior cabins of 120 Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft is really taking off. The ambitious project, representing a multi-billion dollar investment to ensure Emirates’ customers “fly better” for the coming years, aims to be “environmental friendly” and also includes plans for a 4th cabin class, called Premium Economy….

European Sleeper Train Brussels-Berlin

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Photo by Amol Tyagi on Unsplash. A new Brussels to Berlin night train is due to start services from next month. The first service of European Sleeper is scheduled to depart on 25 May. The launch comes amid growing enthusiasm in long-distance trains across Europe, as the travelling public look for more sustainable alternatives to aviation. The service,…

Curbing Aviation Carbon Emissions

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Photo by Jerry Zhang on Unsplash The aviation industry is taking a “broad set of actions” to curtail carbon emissions, says the Aerospace Industries Association.  Such action is urgently needed as aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of the greenhouse gas emissions driving global climate change.  Flying is a highly controversial topic in climate debates and accounts…

High Speed Rail Goes Slow

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Photo by Winston Chen on Unsplash Following his invention of the Rocket, in 1829 Robert Stephenson inaugurated the first inter-city railway in the world: connecting Liverpool and Manchester in the country’s northern manufacturing heartland was an obvious priority. Since then other countries have leapt into the future with high speed trains, while the UK struggles with one of…

New Funding for Jobs at Liege Airport

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Photo by Handy Wicaksono on Unsplash Some 559 employees of TNT Belgium at Liège Airport who lost their jobs following a transfer of operations to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport should receive €1.9 million in EU aid, say MEPs. On Thursday, the Committee on Budgets approved Belgium’s request for support for the workers. MEPs acknowledged that “the COVID-19 pandemic…