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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SNCF enters race to operate High Speed 2 rail line

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Conor Sullivan has reported that SNCF has teamed up with Virgin and Stagecoach to bid for the West Coast Partnership rail franchise, which will run trains on the existing line from 2019 and also be responsible for introducing services on High Speed 2. The Times (Graeme Paton) says SNCF’s involvement has reignited the debate over…

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Renault and Nissan push ahead in smart race

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Kana Inagaki has reported that Nissan and Renault’s alliance to roll out smart vehicles will see the carmakers grapple with the question of how much consumers will be prepared to pay for connected services, as well as deal with cyber security threats and the reliability of artificial intelligence technology.

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HS2 boss admits failures over conflict of interest

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Robert Lea has reported that Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2, has informed MPs that neither he nor his executives had monitored or conducted checks on a former HS2 chief of staff at the centre of a conflict of interest scandal. The commons transport committee hearing into the issue and the withdrawal of CH2M from…

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