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Issue 677 - 24 July 2015: Features
Will anything stop the remarkable rise of the van on Britain’s roads?

Will anything stop the remarkable rise of the van on Britain’s roads?
Rhodri Clark

The growth in van traffic is a conspicuous trend on Britain’s roads. Since 1995 light goods vehicle (LGV) traffic has increased by 68%, significantly outpacing cars and taxis (14%) and HGVs (about 3%). Even while car and lorry vehicle kilometres faltered during the economic downturn, the total distance travelled by LGVs continued rising and the DfT’s most recent estimates are that LGV traffic grew by 5.1% to the year ending March... continue

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Air pollution threat of diesel engine fumes blamed for capital deaths

Air pollution threat of diesel engine fumes blamed for capital deaths

ON 15 JULY London’s Evening Standard claimed that: “Thousands more Londoners are dying early each year because of toxic air… blamed to a large extent on diesel fumes. “Millions of people are having their lives shortened by the killer pollutant [nitrogen dioxide],” the paper added. “While the NO2 research [by academics at King’s College, London] needs to be treated with caution, as it is so cutting edge,... continue

MEN petitions for Northern Powerhouse

In early July The Manchester Evening News launched an online petition to, in the paper’s words, “get the Manchester-Leeds rail electrification and devolution back on track”. “We want you to join us in... continue

Mayoral hopeful backs third runway at ‘greenest airport’ Heathrow

“We can make a greener, more liveable London and expand Heathrow Airport,” Gareth Thomas, Harrow West MP and a London mayoral candidate for the Labour Party, suggested in The Guardian on 9 July. “London can... continue