National network trumps rail devolution – Williams

Retaining the benefits of a national rail network must take priority over the devolution of responsibilities to regional and local government, Keith Williams, the chair of the Government’s rail review has said. Williams said that devolution was the “direction of travel” but that “on every turn I have been keen to emphasise the role of…

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£400m a year lost from bus funding

New statistics reveal decline in bus use

A new study by the Campaign for Better Transport has found that funding for buses in England is almost £400m a year lower than it was 10 years ago, laying bare the effect that successive government funding cuts have had on the industry. The campaign group says its findings demonstrate that the government’s recently announced…

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Wrightbus on brink of rescue deal

At the time of writing the last stage in lifting Wrightbus more or less intact out of administration was awaiting signatures on the legal documents. A difficult week saw the main bidder, Jo Bamford, son of Lord Bamford, the billionaire owner of JCB, trade blows in the media with the Northern Ireland-based bus builder’s main…

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Government promises rail reform and more devolution to mayoral CAs

Government promises rail reform and more devolution to mayoral CAs

Legislation to reform how the railways are managed, and a White Paper proposing the further devolution of powers from Whitehall to mayoral combined authorities are among pledges contained in this week’s Queen’s Speech. The rail reforms will build on the final recommendations of Keith Williams’ review of the railways ordered by then transport secretary Chris…

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Are buses on the verge of a breakthrough?

Are buses on the verge of a breakthrough?

Brexit is the B-word that dominates political conversations right now, but those of us in the transport sector have noticed that the Prime Minister regularly utters another one – buses. This is not normal. Buses haven’t been given the attention they deserve from politicians. Some Prime Ministers have come and gone without ever mentioning them…

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PM: I’ll give North control over rail

PM: I’ll give North control over rail

Prime minister Boris Johnson announced his intention “to give the railways of the north back to the people of the north” at this month’s NP11 Convention in Rotherham. “In the combined authority or joint transport committee areas in the North East, West Yorkshire, Sheffield City Region, Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, it is time for…

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£200m for buses, as CPT proposes sector deal

£200m for buses, as CPT proposes sector deal

The chancellor Sajid Javid has promised more than £200m of extra funding for buses in England next year. Further details are awaited. The pledge came as the Confederation of Passenger Transport proposed a new deal for bus services to local and central government. Its Moving forward together strategy asks Government for actions including a national…

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Bus industry unveils vision for achieving one billion extra bus journeys

Bus industry unveils vision for achieving one billion extra bus journeys

Bus operators across England have unveiled a radical joint strategy to work with government to improve services, help tackle climate change and get a billion more passenger journeys by bus by 2030. The new strategy, Moving Forward Together, was launched yesterday by the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT). The strategy includes new commitments from the industry, including…

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Reform planning rules to halt car-based housing, says CIHT

Reform planning rules to halt car-based housing, says CIHT

Changes to planning policy in England are needed to bring an end to car-based housing developments, according to a report by the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. The CIHT says there is increasing frustration that current planning policies create car-based developments, “contrary to the stated aims of national planning policy”. It recommends giving transport…

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