Bradford pollution causing 40 per cent of childhood asthmas, study reveals

Vivien Mason has reported that research has revealed 38% of all annual cases of childhood asthma in Bradford may be attributable to air pollution. Pollution from road vehicles alone was linked to 24% of cases. The research from the University of Leeds’s Institute for Transport Studies found that overall rates of childhood asthma in Bradford…

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First self-drive train launched on mainline track

Victoria Ward has reported that the UK’s first automated mainline train has completed a journey on the Thameslink line. A driver remained in the cab at all times and took full control of the train outside central London.

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Greens press MSPs to join drive to increase bus usage

Katrine Bussey has reported that Green MSPs are pressing the Scottish Government to introduce a legally-binding target to reverse the decline in bus use. MSPs will vote on the issue in the coming week. The Green Party said they were concerned with the recent 10% fall in bus journeys over the past five years and…

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Pollution experts quit clean air group

BBC News has reported that two environment experts have resigned from the Scottish government’s clean air strategy team. They said they were frustrated by slow progress and a lack of ambition in the planned Low Emission Zone in Glasgow. At the moment, the LEZ will only target the most polluting type of buses and won’t…

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£8m boost for public and school transport in North Lincolnshire

David Elliott has reported that North Lincolnshire Council has announced an £8.3m transport investment package. It will improve rural bus connections, £1.8m will go towards elderly and disabled concessionary bus fares and £4m will go towards school, college, and special education transport.

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Demand for public apology from First Bus for ‘letting passengers down’

Charlotte Cox and Charlotte Dobson have reported that Manchester Councillors have demanded a public apology from First Bus for failing its passengers. First Manchester has been criticised recently for cancelling a number of its services. The council motion also calls on First to explain how they will significantly improve its ‘inadequate’ performance.

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Paris mulls free public transport to reduce pollution

Geert De Clercq has reported that the Paris Mayor has called for all public transport to be made free, in a bid to improve air quality in the city. Anne Hidalgo announced on Monday plans for a study into its feasibility. She argued that if big cities are to reduce the number of cars on…

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