Bristol Mayor plans to boost bus travel

Bristol Mayor plans to boost bus travel

Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees, has announced plans to boost bus travel by doubling the frequency of buses on main routes.  The Mayor also wants to introduce a city-wide flat bus fare to ensure that poorer residents are not penalised due to where they live and also to ensure that there are bus routes serving areas…

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ORR publishes rail infrastructure, assets and environmental statistics

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The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has published the annual statistical release on rail infrastructure, assets and environmental 2017 – 18.  The report finds that 5,766km of the mainline railway route is now electrified which is 36% of total railway.  This marks a 2% increase from last year.  Overall CO2 emissions have decreased owing…

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The UKs most disrupted stations

The UKs most disrupted stations

The consumer watchdog, Which?, has published a report on Britain’s most disrupted train stations.  The report found that 68% of trains from Manchester Oxford Road station ran late or were cancelled.  York station was the second most disrupted station in the UK followed by Gatwick Airport and Birmingham New Street.  The report also analysed London’s…

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Transport for London announces new bus safety standard

Transport for London announces new bus safety standard

Transport for London (TfL) have announced new bus safety standards.  The new safety standards are part of the Mayor’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan which aims to ensure no-one is killed by a bus by 2030.  The new safety standards will see all buses fitted with extra safety measures from next year including blind spot mirrors, reversing…

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Transport Secretary approves multi-million pound Liverpool Lime Street upgrade

Transport Secretary approves multi-million pound Liverpool Lime Street upgrade

The Department of Transport has approved £140 million of upgrades at Liverpool Lime Street station.  Visiting the station yesterday, Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling said “work on the platforms, tracks and signalling equipment of the station will deliver longer trains, more reliable services, more seats and faster journeys.”  The initiative will be completed in stages over…

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Labour MP criticises government’s zero emissions plan

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Shadow Secretary for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca, Long Bailey MP, has called the government’s zero emissions plan a “hypocrisy of the highest order”.  The plan is expected to set the target to cut all emissions by 2050, but Rebecca Long Bailey denounced the plan as the Conservative government “slashes support for small scale…

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The Department for Transport publishes no-deal Brexit planning information

The Department for Transport publishes no-deal Brexit planning information

The Department of Transport (DfT) has published new technical notices which will be put in place in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.  The updated notices concern rail transport and meeting rail safety standards in the event of no deal.  The notices lay out information regarding operator licences and rail…

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Fall in local UK bus journeys to 12-year low

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A recent study by the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has found that public funding for bus services has nearly halved in the last eight years.  Local authority budgets for services in England and Wales received a cut of £20.5m in 2017 which marks the eighth consecutive years of budget reductions.  CBT’s Chief Executive, Darren…

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Nationalisation proponent John McDonnel MP backs private rail funding

Nationalisation proponent John McDonnel MP backs private rail funding

The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell who is a supporter of nationalising the railways, has been labelled a “hypocrite” after publicly supporting a £1.6bn plan to privatise train tracks and infrastructure.  The proposal would privately fund and build tracks between Heathrow and the South West as part of the Heathrow Southern Railway (HSR) and John McDonnell…

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