Underground delivery systems 'being taken seriously to help beat congestion'

A report that governments and companies are "taking underground delivery systems more seriously" to help deliver goods to consumers in "congested, sprawling megacities" features in today's newspaper round-up.

An article in The Financial Times (subscription) reports that, in the UK, a firm called Magway "says it received £653,998 from the UK government in 2018 to build a prototype for a pipeline that could move goods from a warehouse in Milton Keynes, Hertfordshire, to a consolidation centre in Park Royal, west London". The paper says that though Magway "is currently focused on freight delivery, in future it hopes to install 850km of track in London’s decommissioned gas pipelines to deliver parcels to consumers in the city".

The Times (subscription) reports that "plans for a multimillion-pound indoor concert venue to attract bigger musical acts and one-off events to the Scottish capital have been unveiled." The paper says that "along with an 8,000 capacity arena the development would also have hotels, shops, a cinema and conference facilities." It adds that "NEC Group, which operates venues in Birmingham, is working with Lothian Leisure Development to bring the venture forward on a 30-acre site at Straiton in Midlothian". The partners "hope to submit a planning application by the end of next year," the paper says.

The Guardian reports that the government "has heavily redacted a secret report into the fracking industry after it was forced to comply with a court order for its release". The paper says that "the Whitehall report on the UK shale gas sector emerged on Monday after a years-long battle to uncover the hidden documents – but with three quarters of its pages blacked out. The 48-page report, seen by the Guardian, includes 37 pages that are entirely blacked out and only one – the front cover – that was left uncensored."

The Evening Standard reports that plans to install electric car chargers in every street in the London Borough of Hackney by 2022 have been revealed. The paper says the council "is set to conduct a feasibility study into proposals that could see 2,000 charging points put on residential streets".

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