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Elizabeth Line Sees 100 million Journeys Since May 2022

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

These two paragraphs outline the figures.

More than 100 million journeys have been made on the Elizabeth line in its first eight months.

Since opening in May 2022, about 600,000 trips have been made every day across the line, which links Reading and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Wood, Transport for London (TfL) said.


    1. There have been complaints, which I wrote about in Elizabeth Line: Commuters Say Service ‘Not What Was Promised’.
    2. I also tend to avoid trains to and from Heathrow, as I wrote about in So Many Cases On A Train!

But how do you know a train has come from Heathrow? Only because it’s full of cases.



February 3, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , | Leave a comment

Surrey Quays Station On The London Overground Getting Step-Free Access

This is part of the package of upgrades that I wrote about in More Frequent Trains And A New Station For The London Overground, that was published in 2019.

It looks like the upgrade will start this year. and be finished in 2026.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Disused Railway Land In Lowestoft Gets A New Lease Of Life

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Advent.

This is the sub-heading.

The land has been cleared and 30 willow trees planted by a Network Rail team in a bid to increase biodiversity.

I can see many small pieces of land getting a similar treatment.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

UK And Welsh Governments To Explore New Rail Links Between South Wales And England

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from the UK Government.

These are the three bullet points.

  • UK and Welsh governments today (2 February 2023) announce a new study to improve transport connectivity between south-east Wales and west of England
  • the study, backed by £2.7 million of UK government funding, will look at options for new railway stations and rail services on the South Wales Main Line
  • this project will focus on relieving congestion on the M4, a vital connector between south Wales and the rest of the UK

The stations are not named, but it is said that they could be between Cardiff and the Severn Tunnel.

The last paragraph changes direction a bit.

Lord Peter Hendy also proposed reviewing the route connecting north Wales to the north-west of England, better connectivity with HS2 and a package of railway improvements to increase connectivity and reduce journey times between Cardiff, Birmingham and beyond.

I find this development very interesting, but typical of the sensible approach one would expect from Lord Peter.

In Could High Speed Two Serve Holyhead?, I looked at the route and came to this conclusion.

London Euston and Holyhead could be a serious proposition.

With some development and a new fast ferry, it could also open up a practical zero-carbon route between Great Britain and Ireland.

Times of four and a half hours between London Euston and Dublin could be possible.

I suspect that time would appeal to green tourists, especially those in First with a good meal.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Hydrogen Train To Be Demonstrated In Québec

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the Railway Gazette.

These two paragraphs outline the project.

An Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit is to operate demonstration passenger services on the Chemin de fer de Charlevoix from June 17 to September 30.

The return service along the St Lawrence River between Parc de la Chute-Montmorency on the outskirts of Québec City and Baie-St-Paul is being organised by the province, short line operator Chemin de fer Charlevoix, tourist train operator Train de Charlevoix, hydrogen production technology company HTEC and Harnois Énergies, which will produce the green hydrogen at its Québec City site.

The Train de Charlevoix runs along the St. Lawrence River and is described on the web site as a unique experience.

I have felt for some time, that one of the uses of zero-carbon trains is as tourist trains, on quiet lines, where noise is probably not welcome.

It might even change the future of some lightly-used lines.


February 3, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

Climate Change: The Paper Mill Using Elephant Poo To Go Greener

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

There is a video and these two paragraphs.

You might think of paper mills as being part of Victorian England but there is one just outside of London which is trying to change the way we think about and use paper.

Frogmore Paper Mill in Apsley, near Hemel Hempstead, is considered to be the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution, housing the oldest mechanised paper mill in the world.

Frogmore Paper Mill sounds like a good place for a visit.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Business | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nikola Highlights Its Integrated Hydrogen Solution And Introduces New Hydrogen Energy Brand “HYLA”

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Nikola Motor.

This is the first paragraph.

Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emission transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, announced at a special event today that it has created a new global brand, HYLA, to encompass the company’s energy products for producing, distributing and dispensing hydrogen to fuel its zero-emissions trucks. More than 300 fleet, government, supplier, energy and media representatives were on site for the announcement at Nikola’s U.S. headquarters in Phoenix, which highlighted the progress made by Nikola’s energy and truck businesses.

The CEO is also quoted as saying.

Nikola is the only company that is successfully integrating a revolutionary new product, the hydrogen fuel cell truck, and the full hydrogen energy infrastructure supply chain under one roof

I suspect that other companies are or will be making similar claims, about similar products.

JCB are certainly showing everything you need for hydrogen-powered construction and agricultural equipment on their web site, as I pointed out in JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future.


When I see anything about Nikola Motor, I feel Elon Musk made a big mistake.

He chose well with the name Tesla, but shouldn’t he have registered Nikola and all its derivatives.


February 3, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

JCB: Building A Hydrogen Future

The title of this post, is the same as that of this page on the JCB web site.

The page contains this statement from Lord Bamford, who is JCB’s chairman.

I’m often asked, why hydrogen? Two years ago, I set the challenge that we should be making hydrogen engines for the construction industry and for agriculture. Two years later, we have hydrogen engines working in the kind of equipment that JCB makes. A solution that delivers power in the same way as conventional engines, but with none of the fossil fuels. We’re proving daily that hydrogen does work, that it’s a clean, renewable, transportable fuel.

Bold thinking, a lot of hard work, a lot of innovation – the kind of thing JCB has been delivering for over 75 years.

It is followed by a series of articles on hydrogen and JCB.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Hydrogen | | 3 Comments

An Elegant Solution

There’s an old English expression about couples lying in bed like spoons.

I wonder, if this analogy is used in other languages like Swedish.

Swedish company; Bassoe Technology have certainly used the stacking technique of spoons or bodies in the design of their innovative wind-turbine floats, which they call D-Floaters.

This visualisation shows five D-floaters being transported on a ship.


  1. The D-Floaters do look strong and sturdy.
  2. There are several competing floats for wind turbines based on triangles.
  3. There is probably an optimal cost between transporter ships and D-Floaters.

Given that these structures may be moved thousands of miles before installation, this method of transportation must be economic.

The loaded ship does remind me of one of the bath toys my kids had in the 1970s.

February 3, 2023 Posted by | Design, Energy | , , , , , | Leave a comment