TfL to tackle bus driver fatigue

TfL to tackle bus driver fatigue

Transport for London (TfL) have unveiled new measures to reduce bus driver fatigue and improve bus safety. The measures within TfL’s Bus Safety Programme include requirements that all managers undertake fatigue training, staff rosters be reviewed to reduce the risk of fatigue and for TfL to foster a more “open and honest” culture around bus…

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Scotrail passenger journeys down by nearly one million since 2017

Scotrail passenger journeys down by nearly one million since 2017

ScotRail have recorded almost a million less passenger journeys between 2017 and 2018. The Scottish Herald reports last year Scotrail delivered 97.3 million passengers, down from 98.4 million in 2017. The fall is acknowledged to be caused by periods of cold weather and major engineering disruption over the last year.

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Lack of charging infrastructure for potential electric vehicle switchers

Lack of charging infrastructure for potential electric vehicle switchers

A survey by automotive services provider Venson has found 69% of UK motorists are dissuaded from switching to electric vehicles due to fears of a lack of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across the country. The survey’s respondents also expressed concern over the practicalities of being able to charge electric vehicles at home as well…

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Renewed calls for Leeds mass transit system

Renewed calls for Leeds mass transit system

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has announced a call for ideas regarding the creation of for a mass transit system for the Leeds City Region. The call follows previously aborted plans for a mass transit system proposed by the WYCA. The authority will work with transport experts to discuss the plans for the system…

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Northern Powerhouse Partnership launches HS2 review

Northern Powerhouse Partnership launches HS2 review

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) has announced it will undertake its own review of HS2, amid concerns the government’s forthcoming review of the project may jeopardise its continuation. The NPP, an independent body representing business and civil leaders across the North, said the review would “offer a northern perspective” and “make bold and realistic proposals” to…

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Scotrail given £1m a month bailout by owner Abellio

Scotrail given £1m a month bailout by owner Abellio

The Scottish Herald reports that ScotRail, Scotland’s national train operator, has been kept afloat from £1 million a month loans by owners, Abellio, following its reported £15 million loss last year. Abellio ScotRail said it “continues to provide the company with support and remains committed to the long-term success of the business”.

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Target to complete Crossrail by March 2021

Target to complete Crossrail by March 2021

The Evening Standard reports the final stages of Crossrail are under construction with plans to open the line between October 2020 and March 2021. Testing of the new fleet of Crossrail trains is due to start in the first quarter of next year. The project, initially planned to open last December, has since increased in…

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Government announces new £300m investment in greener transport

Government announces new £300m investment in greener transport

The government has announced a £300 million investment to develop greener transport in new technologies, including flying urban taxis, electric passenger planes and freight-carrying drones. The announcement comes amid Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for greater action to tackle climate change and protect the environment. The investment also includes a £5 million cash injection for…

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