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The prototype vehicle has been designed by WMG and Transport Design International, with a target of achieving a mass not exceeding 1 tonne per linear metre. It will have a capacity of 56 passengers.Testing is scheduled to start early next year at the VLR National Innovation Centre which being developed in Dudley. It is envisaged that this would then be followed by passenger operation of production vehicles on a proposed line to be built in Coventry.‘The Coventry Very Light Rail project will deliver a step change cost reduction for light rail in the UK’, said WMG Associate Professor Dr Darren Hughes on August 28. ‘We are really proud that this marks the beginning of the journey to roll out low cost, rail-based transport for medium sized cities in the UK.’NP Aerospace CEO James Kempston said assembly of the prototype ‘utilises NP Aerospace’s capability in assembling and delivering complex defence vehicle programmes and extends this into the rail and transportation sector’.Coventry routeThe proposed line in Coventry would run 8 km from the railway station via the city centre to Walsgrave Hospital, with around 80% of the route operating in mixed traffic. Services would be operated using a fleet of production vehicles, with consultancy WSP having forecast ridership at up to 9 million passenger-journeys a year.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# UK: A prototype battery-powered carbon fibre and metal Very Light Rail vehicle is under construction at NP Aerospace’s plant at Foleshill in Coventry.The VLR project to develop low-cost technologies which would make light rail a viable option for medium sized cities is being managed by the Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick, in partnership with Coventry City Council and Transport for West Midlands.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Work is also underway to develop affordable trackform that could be installed quickly and cheaply, and which could also be easily removed to allow access for utility maintenance.Engineers from the University of Warwick are working on the track design with Coventry City Council, French civil engineering company Ingerop Conseil et Ingénierie and its UK subsidiary Rendel.‘This project will be the first of its kind in the world’, said Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet member for Jobs & Regeneration at Coventry City Council. ‘It is being led by world beating local automotive experience and is using cutting-edge materials. The proposed VLR network is key to our vision for transport here in Coventry. We want our public transport to be efficient, affordable and most importantly environmentally friendly. I believe it’s going to revolutionise how we all travel in this city.’A separate initiative to develop a lightweight diesel rail car for operation on heavy rail lines is being undertaken by the Revolution VLR consortium of WMG, Transport Design International, Eversholt, Cummins, Prose, Transcal Engineering and RDM Group.The VLR project was described in detail in the Spring 2020 issue of Metro Report International magazine.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, who cost the French club 222 million euros ($247 million) in 2017, failed to make the 30-man shortlist after a year overshadowed by injury, suspension and controversy for both club and country.Messi has just collected the FIFA Best award, as did Rapinoe, which split from the Ballon D’Or in 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Rapinoe dominated the Women’s World Cup, on and off the field, in the summer.She was joint top scorer and was voted player of the tournament as she led the United States to victory in France in July. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The 34-year-old Reign FC playmaker, already a campaigner for LGBT rights and gender equality, made headlines during the tournament by publicly taking on US President Donald Trump.Last year, Norwegian Ada Hegerberg was the first women’s winner.The Lyon forward did not play in the World Cup but is among the 20 nominees as are stars who were present at the competition, such as Australia striker Sam Kerr, England’s Lucy Bronze and France captain Amandine Henry.Virgil Van Dijk, 28, who has had an impressive six months with Liverpool lifting the Champions League, could become a rare defensive winner of the men’s award.Fabio Cannavaro was the last defender to win in 2006, and only the fourth since the award began in 1956.ADVERTISEMENT Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Another nominee, Kylian Mbappe, the top goal scorer in Ligue 1 last season, would represent a genuine change of the guard.The Paris Saint-Germain striker is inelgible to defend his Kopa trophy for the best player under 21 last year as he celebrates his 21st birthday on December 20.This year also sees the introduction of the Yashin trophy, named after the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon D’Or, Lev Yashin of the Soviet Union, to give that ignored minority a chance to get their hands on a prize of their own.The award winners will be unveiled on December 2 during a ceremony in Paris after a voting process including journalists from 180 different countries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2019, Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (L) and Best FIFA Women’s Player of 2019, US and Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe pose at the end of The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony, on September 23, 2019 in Milan. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)While Megan Rapinoe is the leading candidate for the second ever women’s Ballon D’Or, the holder of the men’s award, Luka Modric, and the world’s most expensive player Neymar missed out as France Football unveiled nominees in four categories on Monday.Modric, fresh from guiding Croatia to a World Cup final, broke the 11-year Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi, who are both included, stranglehold on the men’s award last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nike’s groundbreaking Oregon Project wound up in disgrace Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees MOST READ Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘Gago’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES