Transport Secretary reaffirms support HS2 phase 2

Transport Secretary reaffirms support HS2 phase 2

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling has reiterated his support for HS2 to go past the Midlands. In a speech delivered at an event arranged by business leaders and MPs representing the North and Midlands, Chris Grayling stated, “we are committed to a second stage between the West Midlands and Leeds and between Crewe and Manchester.” He…

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Manchester bus reform

Statement from Andy Burnham re zonal ticketing on Metrolink

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has pledged to improve the region’s bus network which will include free bus travel for 16 to 18 year olds. The new ‘Opportunity Pass’ will seek to increase bus use among young people and help them access education, employment, training and social opportunities. The pass will be funded by…

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Rail review

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The Urban Transport Group has published its response to the Williams Rail Review outlining the key principles which should underpin rail reform. The group call for further devolution of rail responsibilities in order to achieve a world-class railway in the UK. The response finds that where devolved administrations or authorities had been given responsibility for…

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National Rail Passenger Survey

National Rail Passenger Survey

Transport Focus has published the results from the National Rail Passenger Survey. The results show that passenger satisfaction with rail services has fallen to a 10-year low with overall satisfaction with rail services at 79%, the lowest level since 2008. More than one in five passengers are not satisfied with rail services due to punctuality…

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Southampton clean air zone plan

Southampton clean air zone plan

As reported by the BBC, plans to introduce a non-charging clean air zone in Southampton have been unanimously approved by councillors. The scheme will remove the most polluting taxis and impose new rules on buses with the aim to bring air quality within legal levels by 2020. However, the scheme was criticised as the plan…

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What’s driving bus patronage decline?

The Urban Transport Group has published a report on the decline in bus patronage which looks at social and economic change, alternatives to bus travel and public attitudes. The report finds that this is both a time of “crisis and opportunity” for bus services. It finds that are a number of trends which are unfavourable…

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Bus strikes in the North of England

Bus strikes in the North of England

As reported by the Northern Echo, talks between Unite the Union and the bus operator, Arriva, have begun in order to resolve pay issues ahead of a planned ten-day strike from midnight on 27 January. Discussions yesterday reached an impasse after five hours however, both sides have confirmed that negotiations will continue today. The week…

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Rural bus service in Wales

Rural bus service in Wales

As reported by the BBC, bus services to remote villages in rural parts of the Welsh county of Carmarthenshire have been saved after the contract was renegotiated with the council. Operator, Morris Travel, earlier announced that it would be handing back its council contract which would have threatened bus services in the Tywi and Cothi…

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New Northern Rail trains

New Northern Rail trains

As reported by the BBC, a fleet of new Northern Rail trains will be used for the first time on routes in Cumbria. It was announced at a meeting of South Lakeland District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee and it is understood to be one of a number of indicatives to restore passenger confidence in…

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