Buses matter

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Buses tend to get neglected in transport policy debates. They are treated as entirely a local matter, for local authorities, not as an issue for national government. Buses and coaches are now the only modes of transport that do not have a national investment strategy. But even at local level, outside London, buses don’t feature…

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Delivering a World Class Heartland

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England’s Economic Heartland has the potential to become the UK’s Silicon Valley: so said the National Infrastructure Commission in their report to Government last autumn. It is a potential that the strategic political and business leaders across the corridor have long understood, with England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance tracing its origins back to 2014, predating…

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The Western Rail Link to Heathrow

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Network Rail has launched its formal six-week consultation process to finalise the designs of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) and we are urging businesses of all sectors, sizes and location to contribute to this consultation. This is your chance to show your support and have a say in a critical investment that we and various…

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#Railcrisis

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Kelly Smith uses the Wimbledon Loop Thameslink services from Streatham in South London to Blackfriars. Three weeks ago she had a reasonable and improving service, with the last National Rail Passenger Survey score showing her fellow passengers were also recognising the improvement. A whole new train fleet, OK reliability and more chance of getting a seat –…

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Sustainable Transport: The key to unlocking the benefits of new housing

I’m delighted to announce today the publication of new analysis by KPMG which articulates the role of sustainable transport in unlocking the benefits of new housing. Download PDF The UK’s infrastructure is under huge strain and has not kept pace with population growth.  Nowhere is this more acutely felt than in the housing sector.  We…

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Why local partnerships matter

Last week, the Transport Knowledge Hub held an event in the South West to explore how the latest transport technology and innovation can help the region make more sustainable and inclusive transport investments. One of themes that developed was the importance of partnerships between all the key players: national bodies such as Highways England and…

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Getting the right kind of economic growth

Last week, the Transport Knowledge Hub held an event in the South East with key regional stakeholders to explore how transport technology and innovation can help the region make more sustainable and inclusive transport investments. There is no doubt that harnessing new technology and embracing disruptive change to deliver better outcomes for society is vital.…

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How Scotland can revitalise bus use and improve air quality

At a recent Transport Knowledge Hub event in Scotland, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP proclaimed that sustainable transport was at the very heart of the Scottish Government’s agenda. He said buses are to play a crucial role if Scotland is going to achieve its sustainable transport ambitions and in particular improve air quality. He sees…

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How a Sub-National Transport Body will transform the North

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When Transport for the North becomes the UK’s first Sub-National Transport Body in a few days’ time there will be a lot to celebrate. Transport for the North’s specific role is to be a statutory partner to the Department for Transport, Highways England, and Network Rail to ensure that pan-Northern strategic transport priorities are delivered.…

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