West Midlands bus services receive £30 million funding

West Midlands bus services receive £30 million funding

Business Live reports that the Department for Transport has announced a £24 million investment in transport services in the West Midlands, including new bus lanes, upgrades to junctions and better bus stops. In addition to the government grant, Transport for West Midlands and Birmingham City Council have also added £6 million to the investment fund.

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Passenger rail usage statistics

Passenger rail usage statistics

The Office of Road and Rail has published statistics on rail passenger journeys in Great Britain in 2019-20 Q1. The figures show that journeys increased to 439 million which marks a 2.4% rise compared to 2018-19 Q1. The number of journeys for the 12 months to the end of June 2019 was 1.77 billion. The…

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Bristol City Council delays Clean Air Zone for the third time

Bristol City Council delays Clean Air Zone for the third time

As reported by Air Quality News, Bristol City Council has delayed its plans for a Clean Air Zone for the third time. The authority has been given an extra five weeks to produce its CAZ outline business case, having missed the city’s most recent deadline. According to the council, the latest delay will not affect…

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Client Earth analysis of air pollution in urban areas

Client Earth analysis of air pollution in urban areas

Client Earth has undertaken analysis of air pollution in urban areas. The campaign group found that over than four in five urban areas have illegal levels of air pollution despite government promises to tackle the problem. In addition almost no progress was made in the last year in cutting the number of areas that breach…

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Boris Johnson states support for NPR and buses at Conservative Party Conference

Boris Johnson states support for NPR and buses at Conservative Party Conference

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has set out his support for Northern Powerhouse Rail, improvements to roads and bus services in his speech at the Conservative Party Conference. While no new policies were announced, he mentioned the Government will invest in Northern Powerhouse Rail and “expand bus transport” with “clean, green buses” and “contactless payment by…

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Scottish Parliament reject motion to end ScotRail franchise early

Scottish Parliament reject motion to end ScotRail franchise early

As reported by the Herald Scotland, the Scottish Parliament has rejected Scottish Labour’s motion which called for the Scottish Government not to extend ScotRail beyond its current expiry date of 2022. Members of Scottish Parliaments voted by 85 to 32 against the motion. It had received the backing from transport unions Aslef, the TSSA and…

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Sajid Javid announces key bus policies in speech at Conservative Party Conference

Sajid Javid announces key bus policies in speech at Conservative Party Conference

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid reiterated the Government’s commitment to buses in his speech at Conservative Party Conference. He stated buses “haven’t been given the attention they deserve from politicians. But they are still the backbone of our public transport in most of the country.” He said that the £220 million of bus…

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Department for Transport announces increased funding for bus services

Department for Transport announces increased funding for bus services

The Department for Transport has announced details of its policies on bus services across the country. The measures introduced are worth £220 million in the first year and will reverse many cuts to bus services. The Transport Department also said it will invest in and provide “more frequent public transport” in the countryside and place…

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