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Nepal plane crash: Domestic flights remain ‘most efficient’ mode of transport, despite risks

TRICKY TOPOGRAPHY, AIRPORT RUNWAYS

Those who do opt for domestic flights tend to be aware of the risks involved. 

“Even though Nepal has a history of air disasters, they don’t happen all the time,” said Mr Waldron.

“But, wherever you fly, especially in some of these more developing markets (like) Nepal and maybe Africa, you just have to be aware that there’s great beauty and adventure to be had. But this is also going to come with certain potential risks.”

He advised travellers to “look very carefully” at an airline’s records before booking a flight. 

Reports often state that the Himalayan nation’s treacherous terrain and capricious weather conditions, together with its tricky airport runways, can challenge even accomplished pilots. 

“You’re contending with extremely rough terrain. The weather can be extremely challenging up there as well with very difficult, strong wind conditions. You could take off from one airport and the weather is fine at your destination, but then when you arrive, the weather could have changed quite radically,” explained Mr Waldron.

At the moment, flying in Nepal also requires pilots to take “very tight approaches into small airports” and navigate “short runways”, added Mr Michael Boyd, president and CEO of Boyd Group International.

“If something goes wrong with an airplane (in Nepal), there are not a lot of places to go. You don’t have alternative airports. It’s a mountainside,” he noted. 

Mr Boyd, who also spoke on CNA’s Asia First programme on Monday, said that a great deal of concern “has to do with the topography of Nepal, not so much whether their air transportation system is less or more safe than anywhere else”. 

“I won’t call it dangerous but (it is) a lot more vulnerable to accidents than other places in the world.” 

Nonetheless, knowing these threats, “there

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Climate justice groups join British rail strike picket lines | Rail strikes

Climate justice groups have joined RMT picket lines across Great Britain to support the rail strike and argue the government must invest in public transport to avoid the worst impacts of global heating.

Hundreds of activists from several groups including Just Stop Oil, War on Want, Extinction Rebellion [XR] and Friends of the Earth Scotland have joined striking workers on more than 40 picket lines in towns and cities, with more expected to turn out in the coming days.

They argue that well-funded, publicly owned and affordable public transport will be essential to reduce the UK’s dependence on fossil fuels, moving people away from cars to more energy-efficient trains.

But they warn the cuts and redundancies proposed by the government will not only hit workers in the middle of a cost of living crisis but also weaken the rail network, locking in high carbon transport such as cars for decades to come.

According to government figures, transport is the UK’s largest source of emissions, responsible for 27% of greenhouse gases in 2019. Of this, 55% comes from cars and most of the remainder is from vans and lorries.

Bruce Murphy, an organiser with Just Stop Oil, is one of scores of the group’s activists who have been on picket lines in the past few days.

“You can’t separate the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis and I think more people are understanding that in both the green movement and the progressive labour movement,” he said.

Murphy, who was on a picket line in Manchester, said trade unions were Britain’s biggest social movement and that strikes were “a powerful tool of civil resistance for workers and communities being forced to pay for a crisis they didn’t cause.

“I’m proud to stand with trade unions because I know that

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Greens pop government’s tyres over active travel budget that ‘doesn’t add up’

Jo Clay

ACT Greens MLA Jo Clay argues the Transport Minister’s active travel allocations don’t add up, with one fifth of the budget to go towards a sealed shoulder on the Monaro Highway. Photo: Region Media.

The ACT Greens say the government’s active travel budget allocations don’t add up, and more needs to be done to deliver a fit-for-purpose transport network across the city.

They argue spending a fifth of the active travel budget on a sealed highway shoulder on the Monaro Highway doesn’t add up to investing in dedicated cycle infrastructure.

Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel released the government’s draft active travel plan earlier this week, which outlined a series of infrastructure projects intended to make the streets safer for walking and cycling.

That plan, which includes a commitment to separated cycle paths is now out for community consultation.

And while that’s been welcomed by the Greens spokesperson for active travel Jo Clay, she thinks the government isn’t quite walking the walk on active travel just yet.

In particular, Ms Clay had concerns about the allocation of more than a fifth of the government’s recent active travel budget on a sealed highway shoulder on the Monaro Highway that can accommodate cycling.

She said this simply wasn’t dedicated cycle infrastructure.

“The Monaro Highway shoulder being considered active travel infrastructure is not in line with Australian Standards around safety and should not count as the single biggest part of our active travel spend,” Ms Clay argued.

“Along with the fact that few cyclists will want to share the road on a 100 km/h highway shoulder. Women have told us that they are particularly affected by the lack of safe active travel options in general around our city and have called for separate infrastructure.”

However, in a response to a question

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World first as entire city’s transport network is digitally connected with Hitachi’s new Smart Mobility suite

Hitachi Rail Limited

Hitachi Rail Limited

360Pass app in use in Genoa

360Pass app in use in Genoa

360Pass app in use in Genoa

Infographic explaining how 360Pass works

Infographic explaining how 360Pass works

Infographic explaining how 360Pass works

  • New mobile app allows passengers access to every mode of public transport in a city “hands-free”, using Bluetooth sensors to connect buses, trains and even funiculars. The 360Pass app gives users the ability to hire e-vehicles, pay for parking and identify e-mopeds.

  • The cheapest possible fare automatically calculated at the end of each day based on the passenger’s actual usage – and without needing to purchase a ticket.

  • For transport authorities, the new suite of smart mobility software empowers operators with a “digital twin” of the entire transportation network, giving real-time visibility of passenger & multi-modal transport flows around any city.

  • Launching today, Hitachi’s Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management suite, includes powerful tech for passengers and transport operators alike – connecting smart ticketing, traffic flow management and e-charging through a common analytics platform.

  • Solution could help cities such as London or Birmingham drive up public transport, cut C02 emissions and slash congestion hours for drivers (currently 227 and 137 hours respectively1).

LONDON, July 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In a move that is set to trigger a revolution in how people around the world will travel in towns and cities, Hitachi Rail has digitally connected public and private hire transport across an entire city. The milestone has been achieved using technology from Hitachi’s new smart mobility suite called Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management, launched today.

The technology can be used in towns and cities across the world. In the launch programme – in Genoa, Italy – Hitachi has connected 663 buses, 2500 bus stops, the metro line used by 15 million p.a., two funiculars, one historic hillside railway, 10 public lifts and two suburban

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