Transport roundup

The government has launched a £20M competitive fund for collaborative research and development into driverless vehicles, along with a code of practice for testing with the intention of putting the UK at the forefront of the intelligent mobility market, expected to be worth £900bn by 2025. The government wants bidders to put forward proposals in areas such as safety, reliability, how vehicles can communicate with each other and the environment around them and how driverless vehicles can help give an ageing population greater independence. Successful bidders will match fund projects with their own money.

The 19km undersea road and rail Fehmarn Belt link between Denmark and Germany has won EU approval.  The EU will contribute Euro 589M towards the Euro £8.7bn project. Construction will start in January, and it should open in 2024.