Theresa May announces end to UK contribution to climate change by 2050

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The Prime Minister, Theresa May has announced that the UK will adopt a target of a net contribution to climate change by 2050. The change will be implemented through a statutory instrument that will amend the climate change act 2008. This will mean that the UK is to be the first G7 Country to legislate…

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Virgin to launch new Midlands service after losing franchising

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As reported by Birmingham Live, Virgin Trains are launching a new rail franchise between Liverpool and London through the Midlands after its West Coast Partnership bid disqualified by the Department for Transport following a staff pensions dispute. Virgin claims their fares will be “at least 10% cheaper” than rivals and passengers would be guaranteed a…

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Greater Manchester Mayor calls for devolution for transport strategy

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Writing in parliamentary magazine the House, Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham called for greater devolution in the North of England to allow city regions have greater control over their transport strategies, including rail franchising. He argued “the weak link is our rail service” in Manchester’s transport system and “nearly all [rail] decisions are made by…

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Calls for clearer government strategy on rural bus services

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Baroness Randerson, Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson on Transport, writing in The House Magazine called for a greater government focus on the social harms of poor rural bus provision. She outlines how buses are often vital in rural areas for the mobility of the elderly who can’t use cars and young less well-off residents who without…

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More than two-thirds of people think low-carbon fuel is the future of transport

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As reported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, a survey commissioned by the North West Hydrogen Alliance (NWHA) shows 69% of people believe it is important for every UK household to move away from fossil fuelled cars in favour of lower-carbon alternatives such as electricity and hydrogen. The sample of 2000 people shows…

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Electric bus fund launched for councils and bus firms

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Battery storage supplier Zenobe Energy has launched a £120 million financing fund for local authorities and bus companies to buy electric buses. Zenobe hopes the fund will reduce the upfront cost of investment in electric fleets and overcome challenges related to grid constraints, charging infrastructure and the batteries themselves, which are often the most expensive…

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Trial of on-demand bus service launches in London

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Transport for London has announced that a 12-month trial of on-demand bus service has launched in Sutton. Using mobile and predictive technology, the scheme is aimed at identifying whether flexible demand responsible transport services can play a role in encouraging public transport use. This is part of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy to increase…

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Research on how people’s feelings towards buses affect travel decisions

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The Urban Transport Group has published a report on how people feel about bus patronage. The research finds that identifying how people respond to travelling by bus is still largely underdeveloped and the research is aimed at helping to understand public attitudes towards the bus with a focus on operational factors such as frequency, journey…

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2019 summer timetable implementation findings published

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The Rail Delivery Group published figures outlining the implementation of its new summer timetable, which saw 1,000 extra services added. The data shows that the timetable was implemented without impacting punctuality. The data shows that in the first week of the new timetable 86.5% of services arrived within three minutes of their scheduled time. The…

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