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HS2: Could the pandemic kill off the rail project?

HS2: Could the pandemic kill off the rail project?

Science
EPALeading environmental groups have joined the call from protesters tunnelling under London's Euston station to review HS2 in the light of the pandemic.The high-speed rail line was planned to accommodate increased passenger numbers over the coming decades, but experts forecast that the home-working revolution may permanently reduce UK travel demand. Now, the government says the main justification is that HS2 is part of a long-term infrastructure plan serving future needs.But the head of the Department for Transport has admitted it has no idea of future travel patterns nor passenger numbers.Objectors to the project - a high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - fear that emissions from construction work will outweigh any carbon savings for decades.HS2 begins ev...
Marine Corps moves deactivated tanks, heavy equipment by rail

Marine Corps moves deactivated tanks, heavy equipment by rail

Business
July 30 (UPI) -- The Marine Corps' tanks and other heavy equipment are moving through Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow in California as part of an effort to modernize the Marine Corps in accordance with the National Defense Strategy. "The tanks currently assigned to 1st Marine Division, Exercise Support Division, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Marine Forces Reserve and Logistics Command," said Chad Hildebrandt, Railway Operations supervisor for the base, in a press statement. "They are all being consolidated here at MCLB Barstow for further movement to U.S. Army Depots at Sierra Army Depot in Herlong, California, and to Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, Alabama." Advertisement The movement of the tanks is part of an effort to deactivate tanks that wouldn't survive moder...
Northern rail: Government takes over after chaos

Northern rail: Government takes over after chaos

Business
The government says it wants to give people in northern England "more powers over their railways" as it starts running services previously operated by Arriva Rail North.The takeover was announced in January following widespread commuter chaos.Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham will be among a panel of northern political leaders who will advise the government's operation.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said there would be "no quick fix".Passengers have experienced regular delays and cancellations since a timetable change in May 2018. They also faced strikes and an ageing fleet of trains. German firm Arriva, which had been due to run Northern services until 2025, previ...

Kosovo-Serbia rail, road deals signed at security conference

World
The U.S. envoy in talks between Serbia and Kosovo says the Balkan rivals have signed deals on restoring railway and highway linksBy LLAZAR SEMINI Associated PressFebruary 14, 2020, 9:53 PM3 min readTIRANA, Albania -- Serbia and Kosovo on Friday signed U.S.-brokered deals on restoring railway and highway links. The deals were signed during an international security conference in Munich, Germany, said Richard Grenell, U.S. President Donald Trump’s envoy in the talks. “Today’s historic agreements to develop railway and motorway connections between Belgrade and Pristina will help facilitate the flow of people and goods between Serbia and Kosovo,” Grenell told the Associated Press at the Munich Security Conference. The U.S. envoy said that the new agreements “build on the one signed last month...