Weekly Update 19th February 2018

Little room for new rail upgrades, says NR There will be little opportunity for delivering entirely new rail projects in the next few years as Network Rail concentrates on delivering late-running schemes in the existing programme. “For England and Wales, little development of new proposals has been carried out in the last few years,” says…

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Young people put the brakes on car use

Young people put the brakes on car use

Last month saw the publication of further evidence that younger people are turning their backs on the private car, and in later life they are unlikely to make as much use of cars as their parents did. Commissioned by the Department for Transport, great minds at the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit and the…

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Weekly Update 5th February 2018

Josh Adamski

Tory constituencies benefit from DfT’s Large Local Majors Fund All £429m so far awarded through the DfT’s £475m Large Local Majors Fund has gone to schemes in Conservative parliamentary constituencies where the MP has been a vocal supporter of the project. Six projects have received a share of the funding: two in Suffolk, and one…

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Transport for the North reveals its vision amid funding worries

Leeds Train Station

Earlier this month, Transport for the North has published its draft strategic transport plan – including an “emerging vision” for a high speed Northern Powerhouse Rail network. However, fears have been expressed over funding for the body’s £70bn plan. In particular, although the organisation became the first sub-national transport body in England last month, it…

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Weekly Update 22nd January 2018

Weekly Update

NIC probes transport investment needs of England’s cities The transport investment needs of England’s cities outside London are being explored by the National Infrastructure Commission, in work that will inform its National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) this summer. Consultants will develop an ‘urban transport capacity metric’ and apply it to a selection of cities, including Birmingham,…

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Weekly Update 8th January 2018

First Manchester Alexander Dennis Enviro 400

Major Road Network presents new funding route for councils About 5,000 miles of local authority A roads could be designated as the Major Road Network (MRN), with improvements funded from the Government’s new National Roads Fund of ring-fenced Vehicle Excise Duty. The DfT’s consultation on the MRN says funding will be given to improvements requiring…

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2017 – A challenging year for buses

2017 - a challenging year for buses

There’s no denying that 2017 was a challenging year for buses. In February, then transport minister Andrew Jones offered no comfort for those who are concerned about funding cuts. Addressing the UK Bus Summit in London in February, he said: “We shouldn’t be having an industry which relies endlessly upon public subsidy. We’re always going…

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A MaaS-ive game-changer for transport

A MaaS-ive game-changer for transport

There is a growing recognition of the game-changing potential of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) for transport. MaaS uses your smartphone to put everything you need to get around in the palm of your hand. It offers a one-stop-shop for planning and paying for multi modal journeys. The aim is to create something even more…

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Weekly Update 11th December 2017

Leeds unveils charging CAZ plan

Leeds unveils charging CAZ plan Leeds City Council has unveiled plans for a charging Clean Air Zone covering buses, lorries, taxis, and private hire vehicles in an area bounded by the city’s outer ring road in the north and the motorway network in the south. Vehicles that do not meet the minimum engine standards –…

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