Tunnel Vision: road users’ experience and expectations of tunnels

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New research by Transport Focus has looked into how road users experience tunnels and what they want from future designs.  The report made the following recommendations to Highways England: Ensure tunnels are built with road users in mind Ensure that the needs of disabled road users are met, including wheelchair-friendly emergency escape routes Provide timely…

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Rail Review – Call for Evidence

Rail Review – Call for Evidence

The government’s rail review, announced in September, has opened its call for evidence.  Independent Chair of the Rail Review, Keith Williams, is inviting evidence from a wide range of stakeholders to inform ‘root and branch’ review which will transform rail industry.  The government will publish a white paper on the review’s recommendations, with the implementation…

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Rail performance statistics

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The Office of Rail and Road has published a report from their inquiry into rail disruption caused by timetable changes.  The figures show that the number of trains running late is rising.  The number of trains on time nationally in the second quarter of 2018 – 19 was 85.9%, which is 2.5% lower than the previous year. …

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Crossrail and HS2 Chair steps down

Crossrail and HS2 Chair steps down

It has been announced that the Chair of Crossrail and HS2, Sir Terry Morgan, has stepped down.  The government also announced that Allan Cook CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of HS2 Ltd but a replacement chair for Crossrail has not yet been announced.

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North-South Transport Divide

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The Institute for Public Policy Research has published a report titled ‘State of the North 2018.’ The report found that whilst public spending had fallen in the North, it had risen in the South.  The North received £289 per head on transport, while London received £708 per head on average; and £4,155 transport spending per capita is…

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Innovation funding for Transdev

Innovation funding for Transdev

Bus operator, Transdev, has been announced as the successful bidder for Transport for the North’s £50,000 ‘innovation’ grant funding.  The funding aims to pilot and test smart technology on live bus routes which will explore ‘touch on, touch off’ ticketing.  Results from the trials will be used to help inform other operators when considering new…

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The future of rural bus services in the UK

The future of rural bus services in the UK

A new report published by Campaign for Better Transport has argued that rural transport is in crisis.  The report found that “rural areas have significantly lower rates of bus use compared with urban areas.”   Furthermore, a lack of “strategic leadership or vision for public transport” has resulted in urban areas benefiting far more than rural. …

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£78million of funding for Welsh Government’s Local Transport Fund

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The Welsh Transport Secretary, Ken Skates, has announced £78 million funding for local transport projects as part of the Local Transport Fund.  Active travel links, electric car charging facilities and road improvement projects across Wales are all set to benefit.  The funding has been broken down into £26million instalments over three financial years.

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Bus drivers to strike in County Durham and North Yorkshire

Bus drivers to strike in County Durham and North Yorkshire

The BBC has reported that approximately 650 staff at Arriva Durham County will strike from 16 December until 22 December as part of their call for a wage increase of £1 per hour.  This will affect services in Darlington, Durham, Redcar, Stockton and Whitby.  The Unite union stated that drivers in this area are the…

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