Corbyn puts PM on spot over bus services

You wait ages for a question about buses to come up at Prime Minister’s Question Time and then six come along at once – and from the leader of the opposition! Theresa May looked bemused last week when Jeremy Corbyn devoted all six of his questions to bus policy – and many of those on…

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Rethink Cambridge transport plans, says NIC report

Cambridgeshire’s transport plans need a fundamental rethink, according to a report published by the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission. Former London cycling commissioner Andrew Gilligan says the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plan for an underground public transport system will be “colossally expensive, disruptive and destructive”. In addition, he says the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s £500m city…

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Can LA show us the way?

On the day in November 2016 that the United States elected a populist President, the voters of Los Angeles County voted for a plan that is the very opposite of populism. ‘Measure M’ didn’t pretend that there was a quick fix for the city’s chronic traffic congestion. Instead, to challenge car dependency in a city…

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Birmingham considers charging Clean Air Zone for cars

Councillors in Birmingham will decide this week whether to consult on plans for a charging clean air zone covering all types of vehicle, including cars. The proposal could see Birmingham become the first city outside London to implement a CAZ covering cars. The zone would cover roads within the city’s A4540 ring road, with petrol…

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Stagecoach sends message to politicians

Britain’s biggest bus operator, Stagecoach Group, has urged politicians to take tough action on congestion and put buses at the heart of their plans to improve air quality in towns and cities across Britain. The Perth-based group’s regional bus companies have written to politicians – including MPs, MSPs and local councillors – across the UK…

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Cambs CA mayor orders temporary halt to transport projects

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority mayor James Palmer has ordered a halt to development work on new busways, park-and-ride, and road charging in the area, until a review determines if the projects are consistent with his transport objectives. Palmer’s instruction is a direct challenge to the transport plans of the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP), the…

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Grayling: “Rail industry has collectively failed”

Chris Grayling said last week that the rail industry had “collectively failed” passengers after timetable changes resulted in a performance meltdown. The transport secretary wrote to MPs over the “wholly unsatisfactory” service on Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern. Grayling said: “The way timetabling is done has to change. It is obvious that Network Rail’s current…

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Labour criticises Large Local Majors Fund allocations

The Labour Party has expressed concern about funding awards made through the DfT’s Large Local Majors Fund. The Government this month awarded £173m to three more road schemes (in Devon, East Riding of Yorkshire and Leicestershire), taking the total funding pledged through the fund to £603m for nine schemes. Analysis by LTT shows each scheme lies…

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Third time unlucky for East Coast

Third time unlucky for East Coast

So here we are again. A third private sector operator has been forced to surrender the East Coast InterCity franchise – and there are signs that the malaise that has brought down the latest operator, Stagecoach/Virgin, could also be affecting other operators across the network. First there was GNER (1996-2007), which showed promise but eventually…

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