TFWM introduces clampdown on spitting incidents

TFWM introduces clampdown on spitting incidents

Transport for the West Midlands has stated that people caught spitting at bus drivers or passengers are increasingly likely to be caught and face jail sentences. Common assault incidents such as this have increased in frequency over the last year. Male bus drivers have increasingly been the target, while 10% of attacks have also been…

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New London transport commissioner appointed

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Transport for London has announced that Andy Byford has been appointed as Transport Commissioner for London. His most recent role was President and CEO of New York City Transit Authority. He will begin working at TfL on 29 June, while the current Commissioner, Mike Brown MVO, will stay in place until 10 July to hand…

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Transport Focus reveal fourth week of survey results

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Transport Focus has published its fourth week of research into travel habits and attitudes. Little has changed since the previous week, as data shows that many people are still working from home and following advice to limit unnecessary journeys. Road traffic levels are rising, however. Younger people have been found to be less risk averse…

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London buses to return to front-door boarding

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Transport for London has reported that improvements to its safety screens has made it possible to allow front-door boarding to resume on London buses. Analysis by UCL has found that steps such as adding a film layer to screens and sealing off gaps around the screen and the oyster reader substantially reduce the risk to…

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Plans for HS2 East Midlands Hub revealed

Plans for HS2 East Midlands Hub revealed

BBC News has reported that proposals for the East Midlands hub of the HS2 rail scheme have been unveiled. More than 20 villages, towns and cities would have access to the station at Toton. The scheme, by Midlands Connect, will cost £2.7 billion and is split into three phases. The first phase of the project…

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Scottish government publishes new guidance for safe travel

Scottish government publishes new guidance for safe travel

Transport Scotland has published new guidance on public transport use ahead of lockdown restrictions in Scotland being eased. Public transport use is for essential travel only and passengers are urged to walk or cycle if possible. People are also “expected” to wear face coverings. Where a 2-metre distance cannot be maintained, passengers are instructed to…

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Bristol accelerates plans to pedestrianise old city

Bristol accelerates plans to pedestrianise old city

The Times reported that Bristol City Council has accelerated plans to pedestrianise its Old City by restricting vehicles during core business hours. Bristol Bridge will be closed to traffic apart from public transport, taxis, bicycles, motorcycles and pedestrians. The city will also establish a series of bus priority routes to make journeys more reliable, as…

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Commuters call for part-time season tickets

Commuters call for part-time season tickets

The Telegraph reported that the Campaign for Better Transport has called for urgent introduction of part-time rail season tickets to reduce the cost of travel and encourage workers to minimise trips on busy services. This will also accommodate changes in the way people work and the patterns in which they visit workplaces, which are anticipated…

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