Britain’s bus coverage hits 28-year low

A BBC analysis has revealed that Britain’s bus network has shrunk to levels last seen in the late 1980s. Rising car use and cuts to public funding are being blamed for a loss of 134 million miles of coverage over the past decade alone.

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Transport for London to crackdown on Uber and private hire licence with new rules

Lynsey Barber has reported that Transport for London has promised to introduce stronger regulations on Uber and other private hire vehicles. These could include women-only car sharing options, forcing companies to share their data, granting licenses to operate for shorter periods of time and incorporating workers’ rights into licensing decisions.

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Bus company invests in fleet despite fall in number of journeys made

Andrew French has reported that despite a fall in passenger numbers from 43.2m in 2013-14 to 41.4m in 2016-17, bus miles travelled have increased from 17.1m to 18.1m miles. The Oxford Bus Company has also continued increasing its investments, with a new fleet in December 2016 and five open-top tourist buses to be retrofitted to…

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Plans to trial free public transport in five German cities to tackle air pollution

Ella Wills has reported that the German Environment and Agriculture Ministers and chancellery chief have called for free public transport, low emission zones, extra incentives for electric cars and retrofitting to reduce air pollution in cities. They stated that the measures would be trialled in five German cities, before rolling out the most successful measures…

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£7.5 million pollution busting scheme for Birmingham’s buses

Neil Elkes has reported that almost 500 buses will be retro-fitted to eliminate harmful pollutants and emissions due to a total £7.5m investment from the Government’s clean bus fund and bus operators. 364 buses in Birmingham and 104 buses in Coventry will be refitted.

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Network Rail to put new projects on hold

BBC News has reported that Network Rail’s proposed spending plan for 2019 to 2024 would see the amount set aside for new projects falling by 33% to £10.1bn, and the total for current improvements rising by 25% to £18.5bn. This marks a shift from the previous plan which called for large-scale electrification, however the cost…

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