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Transit Explore Bus, a Chinese company, has presented a model of a fascinating concept in mass transit. They call it the "straddling bus" but it runs on a guide-rail system built into high-kerbs to prevent cars blocking its way. And it travels over vehicles of up to 2 metres high, which includes the vast majority of light delivery vehicles.

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Cairo is becoming a place not to be. With snatch squads picking people up from the street and the British Embassy trying without much success to find out who's been caught up in the trawl and a raft of problems from other factions, this is starting to have all the hallmarks of a very dangerous situation.

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In the mid 1970s, bus engineer Roy Cotterill and his brother-in-law Rolls-Royce marketing man Lionel Gibbs sat around Roy's dining room table with the plans of a secret Rolls-Royce engine project and the engineering diagrams of a Daimler Fleetline bus. Could they mate the advanced engine with a passenger transit vehicle and if so what would be the cost implications and benefits / disadvantages. And what happened to the project?

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