Midlands Connect state HS2 improves rail capacity for existing rail networks

Midlands Connect state HS2 improves rail capacity for existing rail networks

Midlands Connect revealed that 73 train stations on existing rail networks will benefit from improved capacity as a result of HS2. The group argue that the rail project will create space for 576,000 extra seats per day on its network, leading to less overcrowding and more frequent services on existing rail lines. Midlands Connect will…

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Metrobus upgrades to contactless payment

Metrobus upgrades to contactless payment

Route One reported that Metrobus services have upgraded to accept contactless payment, allowing bus passengers to tap on and off to complete their journeys. The cost of the bus journey is then automatically calculated and debited from passengers’ bank accounts by the end of the day.

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Wrightbus administration leads to 1,200 job losses

Wrightbus administration leads to 1,200 job losses

The BBC reports that 1,200 employees at Wrightbus have been made redundant after the bus firm entered administration. Wrightbus’ administrator, Deloitte said the firm’s failure to seek a new owner had caused the redundancies.

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DFT official calls for more highways funding

DFT official calls for more highways funding

Head of Local Roads Maintenance at the Department for Transport, Steve Berry said that the highways need “a sector deal” to improve road infrastructure. He called for stakeholders such as the Highways Term Maintenance Association to work with the Department for Transport. The increasing funding for highways is expected to be announced in the Spending…

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Rebecca Long-Bailey announces car and EV pledges

Rebecca Long-Bailey announces car and EV pledges

Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary, Rebecca Long-Bailey delivered a speech at the Labour Party’s annual conference, setting out her department’s policies on cars and electric vehicles under a future Labour Government. She said the Labour Party would introduce a vehicle scrappage scheme to remove 400,000 cars off the roads; make 2.5 million interest…

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DFT announces £960,0000 investment in transport start-ups

DFT announces £960,0000 investment in transport start-ups

The Department for Transport announced it will invest £960,000 in funding for transport start-ups who can start to bid for a share of the funding from today. The government grant, called the Transport Technology Research and Innovation Grant, will be made available for transport start-ups who want to establish new ways of creating a better…

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Jeremy Corbyn makes key transport pledges

Jeremy Corbyn makes key transport pledges

The Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn delivered his keynote speech at the party’s annual conference, reaffirming the party’s pledge to bring rail services into public ownership so that they are “run by and for the public” and “not for profit.” Jeremy Corbyn also announced that Labour will invest in Crossrail for the North…

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West Midlands mayor launches Grand Rail Collaboration to improve standards

West Midlands mayor launches Grand Rail Collaboration to improve standards

The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street launched the Grand Rail Collaboration (GRC) partnership to improve standards and services for rail passengers. The GRC includes train operating companies: Network Rail, the West Midlands Rail Executive, Vintages Trains, Transport Focus and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education. The partnership aims to improve the…

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