UK bus firms call for £1bn aid

UK bus firms call for £1bn aid

The Guardian has reported that bus operators across the UK have called for the government to provide £1bn in urgent aid to maintain critical services, as passenger numbers fall away because of the coronavirus. Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, Graham Vidler, said: “Operators are under extreme pressure and facing impossible choices over which…

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DfT publish updated guidance for staff in the transport sector

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The Department for Transport has updated the guidance for staff in the transport sector. This advice is based on Public Health England (PHE) guidance and is intended to supplement existing health and safety control measures. It should be read in conjunction with existing risk assessments and safe systems of work. DfT has stated that it…

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More Crossrail delays from coronavirus are ‘inevitable’

More Crossrail delays from coronavirus are ‘inevitable’

CITY.A.M. has reported that Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has said it is “inevitable” that the coronavirus outbreak will further delay the opening of Crossrail. Chief Executive of Crossrail, Mark Wild ordered all non-essential work on the new railway line to stop this week, with some employees told to work from home. The central part…

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Local authorities to receive £2.2 million in funding to tackle air pollution

Local authorities to receive £2.2 million in funding to tackle air pollution

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has announced that more than £2.2 million in Government funding has been granted to local authorities across England to deliver innovative projects to improve air quality. The money, from the government’s Air Quality Grant, is intended to support schemes which help councils develop and implement measures to benefit…

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TfWM lift bus travel pass restrictions

TfWM lift bus travel pass restrictions

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), has collaborated with bus operators, including National Express, to allow free travel before 9.30am for concessionary pass holders who have not yet self-isolated. The 9.30am restriction has also been lifted on the West Midlands Metro tram system, which is owned by the WMCA. It follows the decision by leading supermarkets to…

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London Underground stations set to close

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Transport for London has taken several measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Waterloo and City will shut completely from Friday 20 March, and Night Tube services that normally run on Friday and Saturday nights will be suspended. Up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines have been closed “until further…

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DfT launch future of transport consultation

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The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services, and mobility as a service as part of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’. The consultation is seeking views on whether certain micromobility vehicles (such as electric scooters) should be permitted on the road, and if so what vehicle and user…

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Shapps confirms franchise contracts could be eased for virus emergency

Shapps confirms franchise contracts could be eased for virus emergency

BBC News has reported that Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps is prepared to consider easing franchise contracts, to help operators hit by sharply falling demand. Key transport hubs have witnessed a fall in passenger numbers since the outbreak, and sharper declines are expected in the coming weeks and months. The Transport Secretary has…

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£40m programme to investigate air pollution in London

£40m programme to investigate air pollution in London

Air Quality News has reported that Guy’s and St Thomas Charity has launched a new £40m programme focusing on the health effects of air pollution. The programme will focus on the implications of air pollution on vulnerable groups, including children, older people and those with existing lung and heart conditions. The charity will be investing…

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