£9.4 million awarded in “first of a kind” competition

£9.4 million awarded in “first of a kind” competition

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps has awarded 25 projects a share of £9.4 million for the fourth round of the First of a Kind competition. The projects will help to make the railways cleaner, greener, and more passenger friendly. They include low-energy concrete slabs that automatically heat up in freezing conditions to…

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Grant Shapps announces introduction of green number plates

Grant Shapps announces introduction of green number plates

The Daily Mail reported that the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps has announced that green number plates for electric vehicles will be introduced across the UK from the autumn, making it easier for cars to be identified as zero-emission vehicles and helping local authorities to design and implement new policies to incentivise people…

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HS2 Minister holds roundtables on integrated rail plan

HS2 Minister holds roundtables on integrated rail plan

The Minister for HS2, Andrew Stephenson announced that is hosting a series of virtual meetings with key leaders from across the north and Midlands, allowing regional representatives to voice their priorities for the integrated rail plan and current plans for HS2, Northern Powerhouse rail and Midlands Engine Rail. The roundtables will seek the views of…

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Mandatory face coverings on public transport come into effect

Mandatory face coverings on public transport come into effect

The Department for Transport has launched its policy of wearing mandatory face coverings when travelling by public transport in England from today with immediate effect. The policy also enforces operators to refuse passengers from travelling if they do not comply with the new rules. The police will also be able to issue fines of £100.…

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Week six of transport focus’ travel during COVID survey

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Transport Focus has published the sixth week of its travel during COVID-19 survey. It found minimal change in the transport modes used, but that the level of perceived traffic volume continues to increase. Shopping is the main reason for journeys and most people continue not to need public transport. 32% of respondents said they wouldn’t…

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Stagecoach launches busy bus indicator app function

Stagecoach launches busy bus indicator app function

Intelligent Transport has reported that Stagecoach has launched a new “busy bus” indicator on their smartphone app to help customers plan their journeys as public transport services increase across the country while the COVID-19 lockdown is eased. The new feature will help customers choose quieter services and maintain social distancing. The indicator will be ranked…

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Northern leaders call for “clarity, committed funding and collaboration

Northern leaders call for “clarity, committed funding and collaboration

Transport for the North has agreed a board meeting that “the safety of rail staff and passengers must come first, and increasing operations must not put reliability at risk” in the immediate future. They also made a “united call” for clear communications for passengers returning to public transport, particularly with regard to face coverings. Leaders…

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Limits on public transport will put a million more cars on the road

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The Times has reported on a study by the Active Travel Academy at Westminster University, which shows that restrictions on bus and rail access to promote social distancing could result in a 7% national increase in commuter car journeys; as high as 22% in London, 9% in Newcastle and 8% in Birmingham. This would increase…

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