Prime Minister, Theresa May announces new environment bill

The Prime Minister announced a new environmental bill that will set out the legal framework for the government’s promise to leave the environment in a better state over the next 25 years. Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove said the bill would “help to ensure Britain can be cleaner and greener”. Amy Mount…

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UK rail industry appoints its first ombudsman

The UK rail industry has appointed its first ombudsman which will have powers to “resolve customer complaints by awarding compensation”. The role will be taken by a not-for-profit body called the Dispute Resolution Ombudsman. Commenting on the decision, Minister of State for the Department for Transport, Joseph Johnson said: “This is an important step by…

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Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling confirmed that electrification will form part of the TransPennine upgrade

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling has confirmed that the TransPennine route upgrade will include both major civil engineering projects and electrification as part of its future plans. In a letter to the Railway Industry Association (RIA), he wrote: “The key to delivering improved journey times on what is a very circuitous route through the Pennines involves…

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Department for Transport officials told the Transport Select Committee that they had doubts about East Coast revenue targets

In yesterday’s Transport Select Committee Oral Evidence Session on the Intercity East Coast rail franchise, Department for Transport officials admitted to having doubts over Stagecoach and Virgin’s revenue targets. The Department for Transport’s Director of Passenger Service, Simon Smith said “We thought Virgin Stagecoach’s bid was quite ambitious at the time we received it. We…

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National Infrastructure Commission calls for new long-term strategy for UK’s economic infrastructure as part of the National Infrastructure Assessment

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The National Infrastructure Commission has published a National Infrastructure Assessment, which sets out a “long term strategy for the UK’s economic infrastructure from 2020 to 2050”. The report argues that the UK must “lay the foundations now for the altered streetscape of 2050 when all cars and vans will be electric as well as mostly…

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Transport Select Committee launch a new inquiry into the health of the bus marker

The Transport Select Committee has launched a new inquiry into the health of the bus market in England outside London. The Committee is particularly interested to receive evidence on: the effectiveness and ambition of the Department for Transport’s policies on buses; factors affecting bus use, including the reliability of the bus service, congestion and the…

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Third timetable for Thameslink and Great Northern in two months introduced

Emergency interim timetables for Thameslink and Great Northern trains have officially come into force. The GTR said that the changes should ensure “a more reliable service”. This has come amid government concerns that the improvements to Govia Thameslink services were “simply not happening quickly enough” and could lead to the operator losing its franchise. Cabinet…

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