Better rail deal for football fans

Better rail deal for football fans

The Department for Transport and the British Transport Authority have announced new measures aimed at improving the railways for football fans and other users on match days. Rail Minister, Andrew Jones, announced that a “fairer and more flexible deal for football fans” is “within reach.” The measures will include encourage more people to travel by…

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Network Rail devolution

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Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, has revealed new operational plans which will see greater devolution with the creation of five new regions and 13 routes, rather than eight. The 13 routes will be responsible for its operations, maintenance and renewals and will be responsible to five regional managing directors: Scotland, West & Western,…

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Most congested roads in the UK

Most congested roads in the UK

BBC News has reported that motorists on Britain’s most congested road, London’s A406 North Circular Road from Chiswick Roundabout to Hanger Lane, spend an average of two and a half days a year sitting in traffic. The data collated by Inrix revealed that drivers spent the equivalent of one week stuck in traffic jams in…

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Bus workers working unsafe hours

Bus workers working unsafe hours

Matt Western MP (Lab, Warwick and Leamington) has written an article for the House magazine stipulating that bus drivers are working unsafe hours which leaves the public at risk. On Wednesday, he will be presenting a Bill which will seek to limit the driving hours worked by bus drivers on local routes. He said that given…

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Air pollution limits exceeded at one in three NHS practices

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UK100 have published analysis of air pollution data that shows 17.9m people in England are registered at a GP practice where air pollution exceeds WHO limits. This is equivalent to approximately one in three of all registered NHS patients in England. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan commented on the figures saying that “UK100’s findings are…

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Highways England launch design competitions

Highways England launch design competitions

Highways England has launched two competitions to encourage innovative designs to change the way roads are designed, managed and used. Highways England are seeking entries which will help develop digital roads, resulting in better connected vehicles and infrastructure, reduced costs and improved safety. It is hoped that the new designs will lead to more accurate…

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Thousands of bus routes under threat

Thousands of bus routes under threat

BBC News has reported that thousands of bus routes across England are under threat because councils say they are unable to afford to pay for them. Councils stipulated that this is because councils have been forced to fill the funding gap of £652m in the free bus pass scheme. Councils currently subsidise 44% of bus…

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Labour call for contactless payment across rail network

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The Guardian reports that Labour are calling for nationwide contactless or mobile payments to be introduced across the rail network. This follows the delay of the fares and ticketing review by the Rail Delivery Group. Shadow Transport Secretary, Andy McDonald, is expected to tell delegates at the Transport for the North conference today that there…

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Transport policy’s potential to increase GDP

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The Centre for Economic and Business Research have published research on transport policy’s potential to increase GDP. The research suggests that better connectivity between UK cities could increase GDP by up to £240bn per year. The research found that a more connected transport policy would be instrumental in this, beginning with an improved HS2 and…

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