Transport Secretary keeps pressure on struggling Northern Rail

Transport Secretary keeps pressure on struggling Northern Rail

ChronicleLive reported that Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has stated that the Northern Rail franchise will only be able to continue “for a number of months” according to recent financial information. In a written statement to Parliament, the Prime Minister outlined that he would “consider whether to award a short-term management contract or whether to ask…

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Sheffield Mayor ‘mindful’ over first bus

Sheffield Mayor ‘mindful’ over first bus

The Yorkshire Post reported that Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis has said he is ‘incredibly mindful’ of the financial concerns around bus operator First. Transport chiefs working under the mayor said there could be “substantial bus service reductions” without “significant public subsidy”. The mayor has said bus services are “not as good as he’d…

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West Yorkshire to ‘consider’ bus franchising

West Yorkshire to ‘consider’ bus franchising

Route One reported that West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has outlined its intention to “definitely consider” a franchise system in the region should its mayoral devolution deal be successful. In WYCA’s ‘bus vision’ for 2020, the Authority said that despite a strong partnership model working in the region through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, it…

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Manchester Mayor faces pressure from bus operators

Manchester Mayor faces pressure from bus operators

The Telegraph reported that Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has come under pressure from bus operators as he looks to reform the city’s bus network. The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) trade body said the plans to move to a franchised system “could leave taxpayers with an estimated £135m bill and reduce efficiency” and has…

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Survey finds residents prefer public transport to cars

Survey finds residents prefer public transport to cars

The Times reported on a poll by YouGov which surveyed people in Glasgow and Edinburgh about their attitudes towards driving which found that 70 per cent of people believed that it should be possible to undertake their most frequent journeys without a car. Responding to the poll, Edinburgh City council’s transport and economy convenor, Lesley…

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Crossrail faces further delay

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The Guardian reported on the decision to delay the opening of Crossrail to Autumn 2021, according to the Transport for London Commissioner, Mike Brown. He told the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee that the central section of the new line, between Paddington and Abbey Wood in south east London, was now expected to open…

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Government sets out 2020 plan for North East Rail

Government sets out 2020 plan for North East Rail

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has committed to improving rail connections across the north-east, outlining how increased investment will boost the rail network. The Government has confirmed it will establish a £500 million fund to explore reopening former routes which could benefit communities who have lost transport connections. It forms part of a broader to plan…

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Report claims Parliament was misled over costs of HS2

Report claims Parliament was misled over costs of HS2

Sky News reported that the former deputy chairman of the Government’s independent review into HS2, Lord Tony Berkeley, has claimed that the cost of the project is “out of control” and could spiral to £107bn. In a report released independently of the review panel, Lord Berkeley stated that,  “I believe that parliament was misled on…

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UK open bus data to be launched in 2020

UK open bus data to be launched in 2020

Intelligent Transport reported that the UK Buses Minister, Baroness Charlotte Vere has announced a project which aims to standardise and publish information from bus operators, enabling bus users to better plan routes, estimate journey times more precisely and understand costs in advance. The project will provide real-time bus location data so that passengers can travel…

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