Conservatives promise £4 billion for public transport in Midlands and North

Conservatives promise £4 billion for public transport in Midlands and North

The BBC reported that The Conservative Party have promised to commit more than £4bn to a fund for new bus and metro rail links in cities around England. A devolved ‘Local Public Transport Fund’ would get an allocation of £4.2bn, with more funding promised as part of a wider Conservative commitment to spend £100bn on…

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New report says Sadiq Khan should ‘review’ TfL fare freeze

New report says Sadiq Khan should ‘review’ TfL fare freeze

CITY A.M. reported on the think tank, The Centre for London who has published a report urging the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to review the TfL fare freeze and make public transport more accessible for people on low incomes. The report highlights that the fare freeze does not count for Travelcards, which are largely…

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Apple Pay ‘express transit’ mode launched in London

Apple Pay ‘express transit’ mode launched in London

The Independent reported that Apple has launched an ‘Express Transit’ mode for use at TfL ticket gates. The update allows users to operate the Apple Pay function without authentication and allows devices to be used when the battery has died. The change comes as one in five contactless journeys across TfL are now made using…

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Labour announces new transport pledges

Labour announces new transport pledges

The BBC reported on The Labour Party who promised to cut rail fares by 33% and simplify ticket prices for part-time workers should it win the General Election. The party also wants to make train travel free for people under the age of 16 and build a central online booking portal with no booking fees.…

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London TravelWatch sets out ten key asks of parliamentary candidates

London TravelWatch sets out ten key asks of parliamentary candidates

OnLondon reported that London’s official transport watchdog has called on parliamentary candidates in London constituencies to support ten key proposals. London TravelWatch has asked for candidates to back a range of proposals, including the devolution of “metro” rail services to the GLA, the delivery of Crossrail 2, and further simplification of the fares system.

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Labour announces makes cycle-friendly election pledges

Labour announces makes cycle-friendly election pledges

ITV News reported that The Labour Party has pledged to double cycling journeys by both adults and children, build 5,000km of cycleways, and create safe cycling and walking routes to 10,000 primary schools. The party said it will also deliver universal affordable access to bicycles and grants for e-bike purchase, as well as providing cycle…

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SWR admin workers drafted in to staff trains over strike period

SWR admin workers drafted in to staff trains over strike period

The i reported that South Western Railway has drafted administration staff into roles as train guards in an effort to reduce the effects the month-long strike. SWR have said that the “contingency guards” are all fully trained to industry standards and competent to carry out the work.

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RMT strikes on SWR will go ahead in December

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The Financial Times has reported that RMT has announced that the 27 days of strikes in December on South Western Railway will go ahead on Monday. Talks between RMT and SWR broke down on Thursday afternoon after the union stated that the railway refused to meet its demands. The period of shutdown is the longest…

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Newham Council votes to make London borough an Air Quality Management Area

Newham Council votes to make London borough an Air Quality Management Area

Air Quality News has reported on Newham Council’s decision to adopt a new Air Quality Action Plan for the period 2019-2024 and declare the London borough an Air Quality Management Area. Part of the action plan will include actions such as raising awareness of the negative impact of car idling, improving cycling and walking infrastructure,…

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