Birmingham transport plan branded as “ill conceived” and “unrealistic”

Birmingham transport plan branded as “ill conceived” and “unrealistic”

BirminghamLive has reported that the Birmingham Transport plan has attracted criticism from local politicians who have described the plan as “unrealistic greenwash”. Labour Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet member for transport and environment, has admitted the ‘bold’ ideas, such as plans to ban cars travelling through the city,  would be ‘controversial’ but stressed they were needed…

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Cars potentially banned from Birmingham city centre

Cars potentially banned from Birmingham city centre

BBC News has reported that private cars could be banned from taking “through trips” across Birmingham city centre under plans to cut pollution. The City Council’s newly published transport plan states that private vehicles will be able to drive into the city, but would have to use the ring road to access other areas. Under…

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West Midlands MPs back HS2

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BirminghamLive has reported that Conservative and Labour MPs in Birmingham have collaborated to urge Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to continue with plans to construct HS2. In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the MP’s stated that “We know that HS2 is not without its problems and there are valid concerns about the escalating costs…

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Trainline launches new split ticketing tool

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UK Tech News has reported on rail travel ticket provider, Trainline’s announcement of the launch of a new scheme to help rail passengers save money. The company’s “SplitSave” tool allows passengers buy several tickets, rather than a single ticket covering the entire journey. Often, buying multiple tickets to split one journey into sections can work…

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Ban on back door boarding on London buses

Ban on back door boarding on London buses

The Evening Standard has reported that the TfL has announced that passengers in London are to be banned from boarding through the middle and rear doors of Routemaster buses in an attempt to prevent fare-dodging. The decision comes following a trial which saw Oyster card readers at the middle and back doors switched off and…

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Electric buses launched in Glasgow in bid to cut emissions

Electric buses launched in Glasgow in bid to cut emissions

BBC News has reported that First Glasgow has launched two new electric buses as it becomes the city’s first commercial bus operator to introduce fully electric vehicles onto a commercial bus route since the 1960s. The company said the introduction of the two vehicles was a “statement of intent” as Glasgow aims to become a…

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Transport Secretary keeps pressure on struggling Northern Rail

Transport Secretary keeps pressure on struggling Northern Rail

ChronicleLive reported that Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has stated that the Northern Rail franchise will only be able to continue “for a number of months” according to recent financial information. In a written statement to Parliament, the Prime Minister outlined that he would “consider whether to award a short-term management contract or whether to ask…

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Sheffield Mayor ‘mindful’ over first bus

Sheffield Mayor ‘mindful’ over first bus

The Yorkshire Post reported that Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis has said he is ‘incredibly mindful’ of the financial concerns around bus operator First. Transport chiefs working under the mayor said there could be “substantial bus service reductions” without “significant public subsidy”. The mayor has said bus services are “not as good as he’d…

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West Yorkshire to ‘consider’ bus franchising

West Yorkshire to ‘consider’ bus franchising

Route One reported that West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has outlined its intention to “definitely consider” a franchise system in the region should its mayoral devolution deal be successful. In WYCA’s ‘bus vision’ for 2020, the Authority said that despite a strong partnership model working in the region through the West Yorkshire Bus Alliance, it…

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