Campaign group to march for better bus service in Greater Manchester

Campaign group to march for better bus service in Greater Manchester

Manchester Evening News reported on Better Buses for Greater Manchester’s decision to march through Manchester before delivering a petition to Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. The group are calling for bus services to return to public control and be significantly improved. Andy Burnham is currently consulting on the decision to bring buses in Greater…

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Year of action on railway starts with new fares trial

Year of action on railway starts with new fares trial

The Government announced steps to pilot new fares systems on trains. The new fares are designed to support people who want to travel and work flexibly. A new fares trial on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will provide passengers on certain routes with the opportunity to purchase better value tickets aimed at part-time workers, reflecting modern…

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Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise, says Grant Shapps

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise, says Grant Shapps

The Guardian reported that the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps stated that the process to strip Northern Rail of its franchise has begun, after years of poor performance. Calling its service “completely unacceptable”, he said that Northern Rail could be stripped of its routes. This follows a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which…

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Rail fares rise by 2.7% in 2020

Rail fares rise by 2.7% in 2020

The BBC reported that millions of commuters will have been hit with an average rise in rail fares of 2.7%. While this is below the 3.1% increase seen at the start of last year, many will now pay more than £100 extra for an annual rail pass. Train operators say it is the third year…

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York set to ban private cars in three years

York set to ban private cars in three years

The Times reported on York Council’s decision to become the first city in the UK to ban private cars in an effort to tackle congestion and pollution. The measure would apply to all “non-essential” vehicle journeys within a three year time period. The move forms part of the Council’s plan to make the city carbon…

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New report on bus use on motorways and major roads

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Transport Focus has published new research entitled, Buses on Highway England’s roads: meeting the needs of passengers and bus companies. The report assesses the ways in which Highways England can better meet the needs of road users. The research found that that congestion on or approaching Highways England’s roads was passengers’ greatest concern when using these services.

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Bus journeys hit record lows

Bus journeys hit record lows

The Daily Mail has reported that new statistics from the Department for Transport show that bus travel in most parts of the country has hit a record low as ticket prices rise at a faster rate than rail fares. The figures also show that the number of bus journeys made in England outside London fell by 9…

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