Bath Council to review Clean Air Zone proposals

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The new Council Leader for Bath & North East Somerset Council, Dine Romero has announced the council is revaluating the city’s clean air zone plans. He proposes implementing a ‘Class D’ Clean Air Zone which seeks to charge all higher emission vehicles, including cars that drive in the city centre. Following local elections in May…

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Minister urges Network Rail to reconsider august bank holiday works

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Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry urged Network Rail to reconsider closing the East Coast Rail Line over the forthcoming August Bank Holiday, citing the disruption this would cause to passengers and events along the line. Events that risk disruption include the Ashes Test Match at Headingley, along with the final day of the Ebor festival…

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Government group consider other forms of transport particle pollution

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The government’s Air Quality Expert Group has said more should be done by transport manufacturers and the government to reduce air pollution from sources other than exhaust emissions. Research finds over half of all particle pollution from road transport comes from brake, tyre and road surface wear, with no legislation currently in place to limit…

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Transport Minister delivers speech on carbon fuels strategy for transport

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Delivering a speech to the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership Annual Conference, Transport Minister Michael Ellis said the UK is the second largest market for ultra-low emission vehicles in the EU and 1 in 5 electric cars sold in Europe were made in the UK. He stressed the importance of the partnership’s work in developing road…

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Liverpool to be first city outside London to have entirely contactless buses

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Liverpool will reportedly be the first city region outside London to offer contactless payments on all bus services by August this year. This news follows the work of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority in supporting bus operators such as StageCoach and Arriva go contactless as part of a wider strategy to encourage smart ticketing and…

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Report argues over 9000 jobs will be lost if HS2 is cancelled

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A report published by the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group finds the cancellation of HS2 could lead to the immediate loss of the 9,000 jobs currently working on the project plus a further 30,000 who are likely to be employed during the peak construction of the project. The report was produced as part of…

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DFT Launches Pacer renovation competition

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The Department for Transport launched a competition seeking the best renovation proposals for decommissioned Pacer trains. The competition encourages schools and community groups to submit creative and innovative ideas for converting these carriages over the summer. The competition will run until the end of September and a judging panel, including heritage rail entrepreneur Pete Waterman,…

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TFL to track underground passengers for overcrowding data

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Transport for London (TFL) has announced they will begin using passenger’s Wi-Fi usage, such as their movement, across London underground to monitor overcrowding and tube delays across the service. The scheme intends to use this data to better inform TFL staff and passengers about platform overcrowding. Following privacy concerns, TFL said all the data they…

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