Almost nine in 10 Scots ‘satisfied with bus journeys’

BBC News has reported that 89% of Scots are satisfied with their bus service. 88% think the same in England outside London and 90% think so in Wales. These results differ considerably from the Citizens’ Advice Scotland survey last week which found high rates of dissatisfaction. The eighth annual Bus Passenger Survey includes views from…

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LGA warns over pollution and jams after new bus use fall

Chris Ames has reported that the number of bus journeys in Great Britain fell below 5bn for the first time since 2006/07. The new figures show there were 80m fewer bus journeys across England in comparison to the previous year, a 1.8% decrease. Council leaders have warned the continuing decline could lead to increased congestion…

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Ride-sharing service replaces buses in one US city

Michelle Fitzsimmons has reported that a city in Texas has replaced its public bus service with 10 on-demand commuter vans. Passengers can book via an app and enter their destination provided it is within a qualified service area. Passengers are charged a flat fee of $3 but they can get a weekly pass for $10.…

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Wheelchair users in UK to be given enhanced rights for bus travel

Owen Bowcott has reported that wheelchair users on buses are to be given more rights, following a supreme court decision. This may include clearer signs giving wheelchair users priority and powers for drivers to remove people who refuse to move from a wheelchair space. The government has accepted in principle the recommendations of a review…

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Government launches law review for self-driving cars

Chris Ames has reported that the government has commissioned a three-year review to examine how current driving laws can support the introduction of self-driving vehicles. The review will consider questions such as who is responsible if a driverless vehicle crashes, the role of automated vehicles in public transport and the impact on other road users.…

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Campaigners call for improvements to local bus services

BBC News has reported that 64% of bus passengers in Scotland were either dissatisfied or very dissatisfied by the frequency of scheduled services. The survey also found that 56% felt the same about punctuality and 58% felt their local buses offer poor value for money. Citizens Advice Scotland, which carried out the survey, has called…

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London councils get funding to switch to cleaner vehicles

Air Quality News has reported that three London boroughs; Camden, Hackney and Hammersmith & Fulham are to receive £766,000 in a bid to tackle air pollution. One aim is to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. The boroughs will also provide £875,000. The projects, called ‘Neighbourhoods of the Future’, are part of London’s £13m…

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Car sales fall again as UK consumers shun diesels

BBC News has reported that sales of cars fell 2.8% in February. Demand for diesels fell by 23.5% while sales of petrol cars rose 14.4%, meaning diesel cars’ market share has fallen to 35.6%. Sales of alternatively fuelled-vehicles rose 7.2% year-on-year.

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