The case for a complete rethink of public transport priorities in the aftermath of Covid-19 – including a fresh look at arguments for and against the HS2 high speed rail line – is to be the subject of a major parliamentary inquiry beginning this week. The pandemic has led to a dramatic fall in commuting into towns and cities, as well as a national financial crisis highlighted last Wednesday by the chancellor Rishi Sunak in his spending review. Pressure to reduce carbon emissions is also raising questions about the desirability of the £27bn road-building programme. The issues will be central to an investigation entitled “Reforming public transport after the pandemic” by the all-party parliamentary select committee on transport which will begin taking evidence on Wednesday.
Guardian 29th Nov 2020 read more »
A maker of motor systems for electric bikes is adding staff and moving to a new headquarters in Scotland after raising £1.85 million from investors. Freeflow Technologies has designed a lightweight transmission system that fits into the frame of a bicycle. It means that the motor and battery do not have to sit as an attachment on the frame. Freeflow believes that this allows for the electronic version to look and feel more like a traditional bike. The company says that it is working with several brands that will use the technology in bikes due to be launched next year.
Times 30th Nov 2020 read more »