Scottish Government plans to run ScotRail unless rail service improves

Scottish Government plans to run ScotRail unless rail service improves

The Scottish Government has stated they will run ScotRail as an “operator of last resort” if the rail network fails to improve. The news comes amid ScotRail receiving their second improvement notice in February this year, less than two months after passenger satisfaction was revealed to have fallen to its lowest level in 15 years.

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Businesses and politicians calls for £3.5bn for Midlands Railways

Businesses and politicians calls for £3.5bn for Midlands Railways

A coalition of local authorities and businesses have called for Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to back plans for a £3.5 billion investment in the Midlands Engine Rail scheme. The plans for the scheme aim to increase the speed and frequency of existing services such as from Birmingham to Nottingham as well as introduce new trains…

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Scottish support for public transport declines

Scottish support for public transport declines

Transport Scotland has released survey results of attitudes toward transport and travel in Scotland, showing a significant drop in satisfaction with Scotland’s public transport. The percentage of adults surveyed who said they were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘fairly satisfied’ with their local public transport dropped from 75% in 2014 to 65% in 2018.

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DfT announces £400m investment in rapid chargepoints for electric vehicles

DfT announces £400m investment in rapid chargepoints for electric vehicles

The Department for Transport has announced a £400 million infrastructure investment in rapid charging points for electric vehicles. The first £70 million investment will be allocated to help build 3000 charge points, more than doubling the number across the UK by 2024. The Department for Transport have said these rapid charge points can “recharge a…

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IoD Director calls for Government to complete HS2

IoD Director calls for Government to complete HS2

The Chair of the Institute of Directors for Yorkshire and the Humber, Natalie Sykes has written an article in the Yorkshire Post today, arguing that cancelling HS2 “would be a kick in the teeth” at a time when “major investment in north-south and east-west rail infrastructure” is needed. She says the Government must commit to…

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TFL announces 20mph speed limit proposals for central London

TFL announces 20mph speed limit proposals for central London

Transport for London has announced proposals to introduce a 20mph speed limit on all roads in the Congestion Charge Zone by early 2020. The announcement follows a positive response to a public consultation on the issue earlier this year. The new speed limit will be supported by new signage, road markings and raised pedestrian crossings.

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CPT call on Government to deliver national bus strategy

CPT call on Government to deliver national bus strategy

The Confederation of Passenger Transport has called on the Government to launch a national bus strategy to increase bus usage. The group, which represents the UK’s five largest bus firms, Arriva, FirstGroup, Go Ahead, National Express and Stagecoach, said there should be concessions for jobseekers and apprentices as well as smart ticketing on bus services.…

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TFL announces first electric bus routes

TFL announces first electric bus routes

Transport for London has announced that bus routes 43 and 134 will become the UK’s first bus routes to use only electric double-decker buses from this Autumn. London currently has the largest electric bus fleet in Europe with more than 200 electric buses. Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has also confirmed that all 12 Low…

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Scottish Government announces £500m bus infrastructure investment

Scottish Government announces £500m bus infrastructure investment

The Scottish Government has announced plans to invest in greener transport in a bid to reduce Scotland’s emissions. The plans include a £500 million investment to improve bus infrastructure across Scotland, encouraging more use of public transport and less use of privately-owned vehicles. The plans are part of the Scottish Government’s bid for Scotland to…

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