Liberal Democrats publishes party manifesto

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The Liberal Democrats has published their General Election manifesto, outlining key transport pledges. The party stated in government they would convert the rail network to ultra-low-emission electric or hydrogen technology by 2035. They also said they would continue to commit to HS2 and Crossrail 2. On buses, the party said they would restore and add…

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Centre for Cities call for bus franchising powers to be given to cities

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Centre for Cities has published their bespoke manifesto for the upcoming General Election on 12 December. Amid their five key pledges for cities, one focuses on giving powers to every city region across the country to manage bus networks similar to London. The group call for the next Government to spend £50 million to encourage…

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West Midlands Mayor proposes changes to HS2

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The Times has published an article written by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, saying that HS2 will have a positive impact despite recent stories about delays and costs to the rail project. The Mayor states that there should also be plans to link HS2 to Eurostar so that trains from Manchester and…

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Green Party launches manifesto with transport pledges

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The Green Party has published its manifesto for the upcoming General Election on 12 December. The party state that they would deliver a “public and sustainable transport revolution” as part of a ‘Green New Deal’ which would allow people to travel “cheaply and safely” on new trains and buses. The party also said they would…

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Jeremy Corbyn plans to give councils bus powers in government

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The Times has reported that the Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has stated that under a Labour Government, councils across the country would be given power to take control of local bus services. Speaking at the CBI conference yesterday, Mr Corbyn went on to say that the economic success and development of suburban…

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TFL fares will be frozen for fourth year running

TFL fares will be frozen for fourth year running

The Evening Standard has reported that Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has confirmed that all Transport for London fares for bus, train and tube journeys will remain the same for the fourth year running. The announcement confirms the Mayor’s pledge made when he was elected in 2016 to keep the fares frozen until 2020.

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First Group accept concessions over West Coast Main Line

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The Times has reported that rail operators First Group alongside Trenitalia have made concessions over how they will operate their joint venture of the West Coast Main Line. The concessions will be made after concerns were raised by the Competition and Markets Authority that the joint venture may drive up prices for rail passengers in…

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£417 million spent subsidising private train companies last year

£417 million spent subsidising private train companies last year

The Times has reported that £417 million of taxpayer funds was spent subsidising private rail operators last year. This is the first time since 2008-09 that the Government has had to prop up the railways, which had paid more in tax than they received for the last ten years. Northern Rail received the largest net…

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Boris Johnson announces £500 million to reopen closed rail services

Boris Johnson announces £500 million to reopen closed rail services

As reported by the Times, Leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson has announced a £500m fund to reopen closed rail services in the north of England and the Midlands. The announcement forms part of the Conservatives’ Towns Fund policy. This would see local authorities or metro mayors having to bid for a share of…

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