New funding to cut bus emissions

New funding to cut bus emissions

The Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles have announced £48million of funding to cut bus emissions. The new funding will purchase 263 low emission buses as well as develop infrastructure to improve air quality in towns and cities. The government has announced a new partnership with Greener Journeys to tackle loneliness through…

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UK greenhouse gas emission statistics

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published the final UK greenhouse gas emissions national statistics for 1990 – 2017. Overall, UK greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to have decreased 3% from 2016 owing to a decrease in the use of coal for electricity generation. This marks a 42% drop from 1990. The…

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Healthy air for every child

A joint survey by Unicef UK and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has found that 92% of child health experts believe that the public should be more concerns about the negative impact of air pollution on a child’s health. 88% of respondents noted that toxic air was already having negative effects…

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Call for free bus travel for under 30s

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Friends of the Earth have published new research which calls for free bus travel to be extended to under 30s and local authorities should consider making bus travel free to all eventually. The report finds that in order to meet climate change targets, a 20% reduction in car journeys is necessary, even with a faster…

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Rail crew shortages lead to 35,000 train cancellations

Rail crew shortages

Analysis by the Times has shown that 35,030 train services were cancelled in the past year because of a lack of available train crew. This marks an increase of more than a third compared to the previous year and a fivefold increase compared to six years ago. Crew shortages, usually the unavailability of drivers, accounted…

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26-30 railcard savings

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The Rail Delivery Group has published data which shows that customers saved over £3.4m within the first month of the National Rail 26-30 Railcard going on sale. Since going on sale on 2 January 2019, over 440,000 journeys using the card have been made. However, there are still over 3 million eligible 26-30 year olds…

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Train wifi

Train wifi

The Telegraph has reported that ministers are retreating from Theresa May’s election promise to resolve poor mobile phone signal and WiFi on train journeys. Digital Minister, Margot James, has cancelled a trial scheme to improve internet and phone service on trains and has reportedly admitted that it will be difficult for the government to fulfil…

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Plans to transform transport across the north of England

Plans to transform transport across the north of England

Transport for the North has announced new draft proposals outlining northern infrastructure for the next 30 years. The Strategic Transport Plan (STP) and the Investment Programme seeks to rebalance underinvestment by investing up to £70 billion to 2050. The funds seek to better connect the whole of the North, increase spending on strategic transport by…

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Technological trials to help future proof roads

Technological trials to help future proof roads

The Department for Transport has announced £22.9 million for research and trials on new surface materials for pothole repair. The Live Labs project will test new road surfaces and technologies to find long-term solutions, these authorities include Kent, Staffordshire, Reading, Suffolk and Solihull and Birmingham. If the trials are successful, the measures could be adopted…

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