Northern mayors call for HS3 before Crossrail 2 goes ahead

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the newly elected Labour mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool, have called for a high-speed ‘Crossrail for the north’ to link Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle. The scheme could clash with funding demands for London’s proposed £33bn Crossrail 2 scheme. (Image: The BMA)

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Survey reveals majority support for car-free city centres

Over half of all UK adults would be happy to tolerate only public transport being allowed in their nearest city if it meant air quality could be improved, research reveals. A poll of 2,000 people by Volvo Buses found 52% of adults said they would accept only public transport in their nearest city if it…

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Plaques highlight deadly pollution threat

Sandra Laville, writing in The Guardian revealed that in the past few days grey plaques of a similar design to those used by English Heritage to identify the homes of notable deceased people have appeared in London on streets where air pollution threatens health. Each plaque identifies areas where levels of nitrogen dioxide, mostly from…

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Petrol cars will vanish in eight years says US report

Within eight years no more petrol or diesel cars, buses or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world, according to a report from Stanford University economist Tony Seba. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reported the claim in Seba’s ‘Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030’ report states that this will lead to a collapse in oil…

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Passenger poll reveals dirty, crowded trains

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A says a study has suggested that rail companies ought to be fined for poor performance after a sharp rise in the number of passengers forced to ensure overcrowding, dirty carriages and a lack of toilets. The study by Which? found that the rail industry was ‘failing passengers on too frequent a basis’. Over half…

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National Express plans more bus fare cuts

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Transport group National Express is planning to roll out bus fare cuts further across the West Midlands after recently dropping prices in the Black Country. Birmingham-based group said the reduction had already started to bear fruit, with higher passenger numbers and sales in the two areas.

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Rail reforms will make firms pay more for poor service

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Theresa May is expected to take action against train companies that fail to compensate passengers for delays and cancellations, in a reform of Britain’s railways proposed in the Conservative election manifesto. The paper says a new rail ombudsman could be established by the Tories to provide better access to refunds, amid concerns that almost two-thirds…

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Labour proposes public ownership for the railways

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The Guardian (Alan Travis & Phillip Inman) explores Labour’s general election manifesto, which pledges that a Labour government would introduce a bill to repeal the Railways Act 1993 under which the Conservatives privatised the network. Labour claims that under public ownership, it would deliver real improvements for passengers by freezing fares, introducing free wifi, ensuring…

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National Express to meet new Midlands mayor

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National Express, one of Britain’s biggest transport groups, is to meet Andy Street, the newly elected mayor of the West Midlands, as it seeks to ease the strain on its profits caused by congestion. National Express reported that its commercial bus revenue had fallen by 0.5% between January and the end of April as passenger…

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