Rail groups back £20m Midlands Rail Hub

Rail groups back £20m Midlands Rail Hub

New Civil Engineer has reported that organisations including the Rail Industry Association (RIA) have welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to the Midlands Rail Hub. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak confirmed the £20M project would go forward yesterday’s Budget announcement. The hub, which has been developed by Midlands Connect, will make space for 24 extra passenger…

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Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

Councils warn 3.6 million extra cars are damaging Britain’s roads

Transport Network has reported on recent figures that have illustrated that 3.6 million additional cars were licensed between 2009 and 2019, an increase of 13%. The Local Government Association said that over the same time period, annual council spending on highways and road maintenance fell by 32% as a result of funding cuts and increased…

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New research shows the UK’s most congested cities

New research shows the UK’s most congested cities

The Evening Standard has reported on new research from traffic analyst Inrix that has shown that London the worst city for commuting by car in the UK. The report shows that drivers in the UK lost an average of 115 hours – almost five whole days – in traffic every year. Belfast was the UK’s…

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UTG report outlines uncertainties around rollout of CAVs

UTG report outlines uncertainties around rollout of CAVs

The Urban Transport Group has published a new report which outlines ‘considerable uncertainties’ about how fast and how far the rollout of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will go in the UK. The report, Automatic for the people?, shows that whilst some of the biggest cities are already embracing the potential benefits CAVs could bring…

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Old tubes still run but lack of funding cannot go on, says TfL chief

Old tubes still run but lack of funding cannot go on, says TfL chief

The Evening Standard has reported on Transport for London Commissioner, Mike Brown’s warning that parts of the Underground were at risk of “serial decline” unless the Government helped to fund major upgrades. He argued that a £1.5 billion fleet of 94 trains due on the Piccadilly line from 2023 would not be able to run…

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“Empower us to deliver for our region” northern leaders tell Chancellor

“Empower us to deliver for our region” northern leaders tell Chancellor

Transport for the North has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak to provide a dedicated “Northern Budget” in order to reform the way funding decisions are made. Transport for the North’s members say that overhauling the Treasury “Green Book” approach to investment decision-making can rebalance the UK economy by ensuring vital Northern…

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Bus fare rises outside London a ‘scandal’, says council chief

Bus fare rises outside London a ‘scandal’, says council chief

BBC News has reported that Newcastle City Council leader, Nick Forbes has described continued increases in bus fares outside of London as a “scandal“. According to figures published by the Department for Transport (DfT), bus fares outside London have risen by 12.8% over the last five years. Fares in the capital have fallen by 2.3%.…

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New data on train cancellations reveal that north worst hit

New data on train cancellations reveal that north worst hit

The Times has reported that analysis from ontimetrains.co.uk has shown that 49 rail services across Britain ran on fewer than half the occasions they should have. The study has revealed that commuters in northern England are being hit hardest by cancellations. Northern rail cancelled more than 5,700 services, the most of any operator, in the…

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DfT provides coronavirus guidance for staff in uk transport sector

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The Department for Transport, based on information from Public Health England, has released guidance that aims to protect the UK transport sector from risks posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). It recommends a range of guidance, including that staff do not need to wear respiratory masks as they do not provide protection from respiratory viruses and that…

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