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Mobile phones and driving danger

The more you cycle, the more you notice how many motorists are using their mobile phones while at the wheel. The threat of a penalty, which will soon comprise six points and a fine of £200, seemingly has little effect. The fact that drivers fail to take the matter seriously mirrors the apathy exhibited by the authorities; in 2015, cyclist…

Go Cycle

The ETA Trust is currently working with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to help deliver road shows to promote cycling as part of their Go Cycle programme. Win a set of lights To celebrate the start of this year’s events later this month, we have five sets of LED lights and five puncture repair kits to give away. Simply…

Paper planes target white van man

Our insatiable appetite for online shopping has resulted in an explosion in the number of delivery vans on the road. The 38 per cent increase in the number of vans on British roads since 2000 – a growth faster than car traffic on all types of road – suggests we need to find a more efficient way of distributing goods. However, in…

New rail connections from Europe to China and America

Britain has become the latest European destination to receive rail freight directly from China. The first train arrived in London this week after a 15-day, 7,500-mile journey from Yiwu in Zhejiang Province. London is the latest European city to become a destination for rail cargo from China. Over 1,702 freight trains last year made the voyage to Europe, more than…

Hierarchy to help transport engineers get priorities in order

Just as the refrain reduce, reuse, recycle has been adopted by environmentalists worldwide to prioritise sustainable practice, so the transport engineering sector has its own equivalent – the Transport Hierarchy. Developed by Duncan Kay and Daniel Kenning, engineers with decades of experience in the field, and published by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMeche), the Transport Hierarchy report is designed as a framework to…