London scrappage scheme numbers down

London scrappage scheme numbers down

Figures from Transport for London reveal current policies for a state-funded scrappage scheme in the capital could potentially scrap as few as one in 55 eligible cars. It is reported between 12,250 and 24,500 vehicles would be scrapped, however there are between 557,500 and 669,000 people eligible to make a claim. The scheme, which offers…

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Policy paper expects a car-free London by 2030

Policy paper expects a car-free London by 2030

A policy paper published by Common Wealth, We Own It and Greenpeace calls for London to be car-free by 2030 and for increased powers for Transport for London. The report says the number of cars in the UK has grown every year since the end of World War Two and that transport is the “UK’s…

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East Lancashire rail route to be UK’s first ‘autism friendly’ service

East Lancashire rail route to be UK’s first ‘autism friendly’ service

An initiative between Northern Rail, Community Rail Lancashire and the National Autistic Society will reportedly make the Blackburn to Manchester Victoria rail line the UK’s first autism-friendly rail route. Conductors and station staff along the route will be specially trained to assist passengers with autism. Ear defenders and sunglasses will also be provided on trains…

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Birmingham Rail Station project receives government investment

Birmingham Rail Station project receives government investment

Three new train station projects in Birmingham have received £15 million in funding from central government. The proposals to build the stations in advance of the 2022 Commonwealth Games have already been allocated £40 million and was devised by West Midlands Rail Executive, Transport for West Midlands, West Midlands Railway and Network Rail. Once completed,…

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Simpler rail tickets from next week

Simpler rail tickets from next week

The Rail Delivery Group has launched a series of rules designed to simplify the language on train tickets. The measures will remove ambiguous terms such as ‘Any Permitted’ and ‘London Terminals’ and replace these with a clearer description of the exact route the journey relates to. The rules will be implemented nationwide from next week.

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Cornwall Council announces new clean air strategy

Cornwall Council announces new clean air strategy

Cornwall Council has unveiled its five-year clean air strategy. The strategy includes plans to reduce the number of people using wood burning stoves and encourage the use of electric vehicles over particularly diesel vehicles. It also contains plans to plant a number of trees, many of which will be across the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate.…

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Scottish government launches consultation on 20-year national transport strategy

Scottish government launches consultation on 20-year national transport strategy

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on its proposed National Transport Strategy, which aims to be the vision for Scottish transport for the next 20 years. The strategy has four key priorities: the promotion of equality and fair access to transportation services; the intention to adapt to climate change and deliver on a…

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National Infrastructure Commission release procurement assessment tool

National Infrastructure Commission release procurement assessment tool

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has released an updated framework to support government decision-making between private finance and traditional procurement models when deliberating infrastructure projects such as roadbuilding. This is part of the NIC’s project to improve national infrastructure procurement and ensure that government selection of infrastructure procurement models is made with a robust consideration…

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MSP launches probe into overcharging ticket machines

MSP launches probe into overcharging ticket machines

MSP David Stewart has launched an investigation into whether certain Scotrail ticket machines are over-charging rail travellers by directing them to more expensive fares. It is reported some machines will charge passenger for peak-journeys when they are using rail services at off-peak times.

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