Carbon-cutting rail schemes

Carbon-cutting rail schemes

The Department for Transport has announced that five projects are to receive £350,000 in government funding to adapt their schemes to the rail network to cut the carbon footprint on the UK’s railways. This is part of the government’s scheme for a cleaner, greener economy which is a key part of its modern Industrial Strategy.…

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Annual Bus Statistics

FirstGroup Bus

The Department of Transport has published annual bus statistics for England in 2017/18. The statistical release finds that the number of local bus passengers journeys in England fell by 85 million to 4.36billion in the year ending March 2018. Over the same period, passenger journeys in England outside London declined by 3.2% since 2008/09. In…

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HS2 and tackling the north-side divide

HS2 Train

British businessman, Sir John Peace, has written an article for the Times about HS2. He stipulates that the project is about demolishing the north-south divide by enhancing regional and national productivity as well as benefiting people from every background and region. He cited the north-south divide as one of the UK’s “greatest barriers to social…

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Emission targets can’t be met using natural gas alone

Emission targets can’t be met using natural gas alone

A new paper by Imperial College London has found that emission targets for the transport sector won’t be met using natural gas alone, instead the paper stipulates that other methods are needed in conjunction. The report found that some natural gases such as methane, leak as they move through the supply chain, which reduces the…

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Bus fare rise

Bus fare rise

The Mirror has reported that fares on buses have risen much faster than on the railways with the latest figures demonstrating that between 2005 and 2018, the average cost of bus travel rose by 75% compared to 49% for trains. In cities, the rise was particular high with an average fare increase of 88%. Fare…

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Digital transport payments

Digital transport payments

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is aiming for an increase in digital payments for public transport in the region as its transport committee recently approved a new strategy to increase the use of payment through apps either through an account or single transaction. The Authority has said that the app will make it easier…

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Arriva bus drivers settle pay row

Arriva bus drivers settle pay row

As reported by the BBC, Arriva bus drivers have called of 10 days of strike action after settling a pay dispute. Around 650 drivers in Teesside, County Durham and parts of Yorkshire were due to hold a strike from 27 January to 5 February over issues with pay. Arriva has said that the drivers accepted…

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Annual rail survey

Annual rail survey

The annual rail survey by Which? has found widespread dissatisfaction among commuters with 48% saying they frequently find their journeys stressful. For 4% of the 4,000 commuters responded that their commute had become so bad that they had moved house as a result. In addition, rail delays impacted time with family and friends, being disciplined…

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Electric Cars

Electric Cars

A survey by Pure Planet has found that 43% of UK drivers would consider buying an electric vehicle, with 17% of respondents saying they were more likely to do so than a year prior. The poll also examined what reasons would persuade people to switch, with 41% of respondents saying that a reduction in costs…

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