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.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Atos mutually ended the contract to design, build and operate the 'get me there' smart ticketing scheme despite the system already being used by 500,000 local people. TfGM has said it continues to be committed to delivering a smart ticketing scheme and said it would now be looking to continue development under alternative suppliers.

The Edinburgh Tram Inquiry starts on Wednesday, set up to investigate the problems that surrounded construction of the £776M project. 

ARCADIS has been appointed as lead engineer for the Euro 675M million extension of the Port of Calais by a joint venture led by Bouygues. Its fee for the project is Euro 20M with the contract running until the end of 2020. The Calais extension comprises a new 3.3km long breakwater.  Phase one includes three fully equipped ferry piers and a service berth for tugs.  The new terminal will be located on a 44 hectare site on reclaimed land which will be equipped for the relevant passenger and freight traffic facilities.