London buses to be colour-coded

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Pippa Crerar has reported on  plans to add more colour to London’s iconic red buses. Buses, stop signs and maps will have a splash of colour added to highlight individual bus routes, as part of a trial being undertaken in the east of the capital. More than 60 buses travelling in Ilford, Barkingside and surrounding…

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Electric bus maker set to test self-driving bus

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Stacey Liberatore has reported that Electric bus maker Proterra has announced its plans to develop and test autonomous buses on public roads in the US by 2019.The firm is gearing up to launch a sensor packed bus on the streets of Nevada in order to gather landscape data, which will be used to develop the…

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Only radical thinking will help solve congestion

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In a comment piece for the Daily Telegraph, Roger Bootle writes that congestion on the nation’s roads has become a leading source of costs for business and of aggravation for most of the population. ‘Solving it should be a national priority,’ he says. Bootle suggests that modern technology could potentially enable a more sophisticated and…

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Judge tells government it must publish air pollution plan

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Ben Webster has reported that the High Court has ordered the government to publish its strategy for improving air quality, warning that pollution kills 64 people a day. Mr Justice Garnham rejected an application by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom for a 10-week postponement until after the general election. He instructed her to issue the draft…

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The Bill that could revolutionise bus travel

The Bill that could revolutionise bus travel

Charlotte Cox has reported that  Royal Assent of the Bus Services Bill paves the way for the soon-to-be-elected Mayor of Greater Manchester to revolutionise our buses. Branded the ‘linchpin’ of power devolution, the bill first passed through Parliament and the House of Lords and is now pending public consultation. Currently Greater Manchester’s bus market is…

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Award-winning bus service criticised for 60 per cent fare increase

Award-winning bus service criticised for 60 per cent fare increase

Marie Sharp has reported that  a bus service which was named the best in Scotland less than a year ago has been hit with complaints after it raised the cost of travelling from outlying villages by more than 60 per cent. The 113 service, which runs from Pencaitland to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh,…

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Green light for Southern Rail operator

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Robert Lea has reported that ministers won’t strip Go-Ahead Group of the lossmaking Thameslink-Southern rail franchise, because they fear such a move would cause even greater chaos for millions of commuters. The decision came in response to a report by the Commons transport select committee telling the Department for Transport to sort out its opaque,…

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Tram safety fears as four drivers admit falling asleep at controls

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Graeme Paton has reported that there’ve been renewed demands for an investigation into safety on the Croydon tram network following claims that four drivers had fallen asleep while working on the line. According to the BBC, present and former drivers on Croydon Tramlink – on which seven people died in a derailment last year –…

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Diesel drivers face higher fees under new air quality plan

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Ben Webster has reported that the government has said that diesel drivers face punitive measures because a new air quality plan will be based on actual emissions rather than lab tests. Officials have updated the government’s air quality plan using ‘real world’ data which shows that diesel cars produce up to 20 times the legal…

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