Rise in car dependency as motorists swerve public transport

Rise in car dependency as motorists swerve public transport

ITV News has reported that one in three drivers (35%) say they are more dependent on using their car than 12 months ago, with public transport seen as an expensive and unreliable alternative, according to recent data found as part of the latest RAC Report on Motoring. The study shows that most drivers would use…

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Liverpool city region announces bus shakeup

Liverpool city region announces bus shakeup

Liverpool Echo has reported that the Liverpool Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram has announced that a new franchising model is his “leading option” for improving the region’s bus network in a move that will signal the biggest revision of the way buses are operated around the region in decades. The move would see a new bus…

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Rail industry fear failed rail electrification could harm green agenda

Rail industry fear failed rail electrification could harm green agenda

The Telegraph has reported on rail industry leaders’ warnings that the failure to electrify thousands of miles of railway threatens Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to make Britain the cleanest country on earth. A letter sent to Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps by The Railway Industry Association and on behalf of industry organisations warned that unless…

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SWR offers compensation after strikes

SWR offers compensation after strikes

BBC News has reported that South Western Railway is to offer compensation worth up to five days of travel to passengers affected by the 27 days of strikes in December. The industrial action taken by Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members over the role of guards on trains resulted in disrupted services over the…

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Research reveals Stagecoach supports more than £1.6bn to uk economy

Research reveals Stagecoach supports more than £1.6bn to uk economy

Intelligent Transport has reported new research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) which has shown that Stagecoach supports more than £1.6 billion a year in value to the UK economy. The study found that the business provides direct employment for 24,000 people and supports a further 10,000 jobs – equivalent to one in every 1,000 jobs…

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All axed bus routes to be reinstated, Shapps

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The Independent has reported that the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps has said that all 3,000 bus routes abolished because of government spending cuts will be restored. The Transport Secretary set out how the £5bn pledged for buses would be spent and stated that “We ought to be not just bringing back lost…

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Beeching Rail reopening faced with complications

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The Financial Times has reported that rail experts have warned that reopening the Beeching rail lines may be affected by complex and costly processes. Network Rail have stated that “Our experience — as can be seen by Crossrail, HS1, HS2 — is that even if there is substantial ‘high level’ and political support, the planning…

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Rail franchising model set to be scrapped

Rail franchising model set to be scrapped

CITY A.M. has reported that Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is poised to overhaul the UK’s rail network by replacing the rail franchise model. Former British Airways boss Keith Williams was drafted to conduct a review of Britain’s railways last year, with the report set to be released in the coming weeks. It is expected that…

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Freeman and Ghani out after DfT shakeup

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The Transport Network has reported that following the Prime Minister’s reshuffle, Grant Shapps will remain as the Secretary of State for Transport. Chris Heaton-Harris has also retained his position as Rail Minister. There were several Ministerial changes at the Department for Transport. George Freeman, who was only appointed Minister of State in July 2019, lost…

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