Data shows bus patronage was falling before COVID-19 crisis

Data shows bus patronage was falling before COVID-19 crisis

Passenger Transport has reported that the Department for Transport’s data shows bus use fell by 2.7% in the quarter to 31 December 2019; the third successive quarterly fall. This can be attributed to “the stagnant economy and the accelerating downturn in High Street retail footfall.” Demand fell in all areas, with English PTE areas seeing…

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Manchester Metrolink increases tram services

Manchester Metrolink increases tram services

The BBC has reported that the Manchester Metrolink will increase the number of services and deploy double trams in preparation for shops reopening and further easing of lockdown measures. Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham explained that the intention is to “create a timetable with enough space for social distancing”. A “clipper card” will also…

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New clean air project in London

New clean air project in London

Cross River Partnership, the non-profit organisation, has received funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to launch a new project, Clean Air Villages 3, that will be led by Westminster City Council. It will deliver solutions to poor air quality ranging from shared elective van hire for local businesses to cargo bike…

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Summer of walking and cycling campaign in West Midlands

Summer of walking and cycling campaign in West Midlands

Transport for West Midlands will run a campaign called the Big Summer of Walking and Cycling. It is working with partner councils on active travel measures in the region, using the £17.2 million of funding allocated by the Department for Transport. £23 million has already been earmarked for related projects, meaning more than £40 million…

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Rail operators calling for 1m distancing rule

Rail operators calling for 1m distancing rule

The Times has reported that transport operators are calling for the 2m social distancing rule to be reduced to 1m, as it significantly limits passenger numbers. Train operators are preparing to increase services to near normal levels at the start of next month. Carriages can only accommodate between 10 and 20% of passengers, however, because…

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National Rail technology will alert passengers to busy trains and stations

National Rail technology will alert passengers to busy trains and stations

Rail Delivery Group has announced that from today, a new system from National Rail will display information about busy trains and stations on journey planning websites and apps. Yellow warning triangles will be displayed where necessary by journeys and passengers can see more information by clicking on it. This will be complemented by a new…

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Sheffield City Region announces plans for 1000km of walking and cycling routes

Sheffield City Region announces plans for 1000km of walking and cycling routes

The Sheffield City Region has announced an Active Travel Implementation Plan to create a network of more than 1000 kilometres of accessible walking and cycling routes across the South Yorkshire region by 2040. The local authority forecast that by enabling active travel, walking and cycling could be increased by 21% and 350% in the region,…

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Centre for Policy Studies states hydrogen is essential for future UK transport

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The Centre for Policy Studies has published a report, Driving Change How Hydrogen Can Fuel A Transport Revolution which argues that hydrogen fuel is essential in reducing air pollution and carbon emission from the UK’s transport fleet. The think tank has urged the Government to think about ways to reduce pollution not just in cars,…

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