£417 million spent subsidising private train companies last year

£417 million spent subsidising private train companies last year

The Times has reported that £417 million of taxpayer funds was spent subsidising private rail operators last year. This is the first time since 2008-09 that the Government has had to prop up the railways, which had paid more in tax than they received for the last ten years. Northern Rail received the largest net…

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Boris Johnson announces £500 million to reopen closed rail services

Boris Johnson announces £500 million to reopen closed rail services

As reported by the Times, Leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson has announced a £500m fund to reopen closed rail services in the north of England and the Midlands. The announcement forms part of the Conservatives’ Towns Fund policy. This would see local authorities or metro mayors having to bid for a share of…

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The Urban Transport Group publishes transport and climate change report

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Urban Transport Group has published its report calling for the connections to be made on climate between transport and energy and transport and decarbonisation at the city region level. For instance, the report makes the connection of capturing wasted heat and energy from rail networks. The report argues that linking these connections can save energy…

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Green Alliance publishes smart transport report

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Green Alliance has published a new report warning that unless the UK embraces new digital technologies, it risks “missing out on the green transport revolution.” The report states that the UK needs to ensure it gains the most from the growing low-carbon transport market, which includes rapidly rolling out integrated mobility apps, remote diagnostics and…

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Centre for Cities calls for more bus powers for Metro Mayors

Centre for Cities calls for more bus powers for Metro Mayors

Centre for Cities has published a report calling for metro mayors in England to have more powers to improve bus services and increase the amount of passengers. The group say that the next government should simply the bus franchising process and allow all metro mayors to franchise bus services, bringing these services under local control.…

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HS2 Review early draft revealed

HS2 Review early draft revealed

The Times has reported on an early draft of the HS2 Review with the recommendation that the Government proceeds with the project, in full. The draft includes making minor revisions such as reducing the number of trains from a maximum of 18 trains per hour in each direction to 14 trains per hour. The report…

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Crossrail delayed until 2021

Crossrail delayed until 2021

As reported in the Independent, the Chief Executive of Crossrail, Mark Wild has announced that the rail project will launch “as soon as practically possible in 2021.” Mr Wild states that the delay will be due to software development of the signalling of train systems and safety certification approval. The costs of the project are…

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Scotland to allow multiple smartcard access

Scotland to allow multiple smartcard access

Intelligent Transport has reported that the Scottish Government has announced that all sixteen types of public transport smartcards can be used between multiple modes of transport. It is hoped that the new initiative will make travel much easier as well as reduce the number of plastic smartcards being used.

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