TfL proceeds to next stage of devolving great northern services out of Moorgate

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London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of TfL, Heidi Alexander has tweeted a letter from the Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris stating that he has asked officials to “support TfL” in developing the proposal to devolve Great Northern services out of Moorgate to TfL. The letter goes on to outline the…

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TSSA issues strike warning over social distancing relaxation

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The TSSA union has issued a strike warning following the Prime Minister’s announcement easing social distancing measures this week. The union has called on the Government to provide “unequivocal assurances that the social distancing rules across the transport network will remain at two metres.” It quotes the Government’s review into the 2m social distancing rule…

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Transport Committee to hold first inquiry session into e-scooters

Transport Committee to hold first inquiry session into e-scooters

The Transport Committee has announced that the first session of its inquiry into e-scooters will take place on Wednesday 1 July. The session will explore the role e-scooters could play in the UK’s future transport system, whether their legalisation could decrease congestion or reduce active travel, where they should be used and the implications of…

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Committee on Climate Change report on reducing uk emissions

Committee on Climate Change report on reducing uk emissions

The Committee on Climate Change has published its 2020 progress report to Parliament on the reduction in UK emissions over the past year. The report includes advice on ensuring a green recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and recommends that “Ministers seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight…

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TUC calls for investment in key infrastructure

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The Trades Union Congress has called for £85bn investment in key infrastructure, saying that this could create over a million jobs in two years. The research says this investment would pay for itself in job creation and by boosting growth and tax revenue. Rail network upgrades could create 120,000 new positions and 59,000 jobs could…

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Transport sector reacts to further easing of covid-19 restrictions

Transport sector reacts to further easing of covid-19 restrictions

Transport Network has reported the response of politicians and transport operators on Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s announcement of a series of easing measures to lockdown restrictions in England. Most significantly for public transport, this included reducing the minimum social distancing restriction to “one metre plus” where two metres is not possible. The Prime Minister reiterated…

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Transport for the North calls for fast-tracked investment

Transport for the North calls for fast-tracked investment

Transport for the North has called on the Government to provide “rapid transport investment” to help rebuild and transform the north of England’s economy post-COVID and “lay the foundations for sustainable future growth”. In a letter, the group highlights the need for commitment to “quick win” road and rail schemes that could be progressed by…

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Department for Transport draws £7 billion from the contingency fund

Department for Transport draws £7 billion from the contingency fund

The Department for Transport has drawn £7 billion from the Government’s contingency fund, to enable the expenditure on COVID-19 support packages for transport. These include the Emergency Measures Arrangements on the railways, funding for trams, light rail, buses, TfL, ferry routes and road maintenance.

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Findings of the south Yorkshire bus review announced

Findings of the south Yorkshire bus review announced

Sheffield City Region has reported on the South Yorkshire bus review which found that insufficient funding, lack of leadership and a lack of accountability are the three root causes of a decline in bus passenger numbers in the region. The independent commission was chaired by Clive Betts MP (Lab, Sheffield South East). The report concluded…

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