Transport Minister confirms local authorities can take over bus franchises

Transport Minister confirms local authorities can take over bus franchises

Parliament has published the Transport Minister, George Freeman’s response to a written question from Sandy Martin MP, confirming that the Bus Services Act 2017 may allow local transport authorities to have control over franchising bus services, with the consent of the Transport Secretary. The Minister also published guidance on what the Transport Secretary will consider…

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DfT launch consultation on green car number plates

DfT launch consultation on green car number plates

The Department for Transport launched a consultation over the introduction of green number plates to recognise and encourage the uptake of electric and other net zero emission vehicles. The Government say the green number plates can lead to benefits such as the use of bus lanes and free or cheaper parking.

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Mayor of Greater Manchester to call for more public transport at clean air summit

Mayor of Greater Manchester to call for more public transport at clean air summit

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham called for a number of transport measures to reduce carbon emissions in the region at the International Clean Air Summit. The Mayor reiterated his call for major investment in public transport infrastructure in the North of England to offer residents a “reliable and efficient alternative” to driving a…

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Sadiq Khan and Andy Street call for more climate change investment in transport

Sadiq Khan and Andy Street call for more climate change investment in transport

The Times published an article written by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street on zero-carbon futures for cities in the UK. The two regional figures called for more investment and devolution from the Government to reduce carbon emissions in their regions. Both Mayors state that more investment…

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ARUP and Network Rail publish future of railway stations report

ARUP and Network Rail publish future of railway stations report

Network Rail and Arup published a report titled ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ which discusses the future of railway stations in response to the pace of technological change and the customer needs of passengers. The reports argues for ‘Living Stations’ as a “centre of movement” for passengers, to support “inclusive growth”, and as the “heart of healthy…

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Office of Rail and Road may expand under Williams Rail Review

Office of Rail and Road may expand under Williams Rail Review

The Sunday Times reported that the Rail Review, chaired by Keith Williams, is considering expanding the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) as a new rail body with more control over rail regulation. The newspaper reports that the ORR could merge with Transport Focus, the passenger-advocacy body funded by the Department for Transport to create…

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Government responds to Transport Committee inquiry into bus services in England

Government responds to Transport Committee inquiry into bus services in England

The Government has responded to the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into bus services in England outside of London. The Government agreed with the committee that “travel by bus is essential for many people’s quality of life” and that they “remain committed to supporting the sector.” Out of the 21 recommendations from the committee, the Government…

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Sustrans publishes report on the role of transport for young people

Sustrans publishes report on the role of transport for young people

Sustrans has published a report on the role of transport in supporting the long-term health for young people. The charity recommends transport subsidies; concessionary fares; more investment in walking and cycling; better transport planning; transport connectivity; more youth consultation on transport; and research and analysis of young people’s travel patterns, needs and attitudes.

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Nottingham City Transport considered to have best bus app in the UK

Nottingham City Transport considered to have best bus app in the UK

Route One reported that Nottingham City Transport have the best bus app in the UK, against 85 other bus-based apps. The survey conducted by Passenger Transport asked respondents to rate an app out of 5 with the Nottingham City Transport bus app scoring 4.8 from 6,000 reviews. The app is used by bus passengers to…

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