‘Allow councils to profit from CAZ charges’

‘Allow councils to profit from CAZ charges’

Councils should have more freedom to set clean air zone charges at levels that generate profit, a right of centre think tank has suggested. Bright Blue says “reasonable profits” should be used to deliver electric vehicle charging points and vehicle scrappage schemes, and then other local transport improvements. Existing Government guidance says councils should not…

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Boris Johnson puts transport at heart of his agenda

Boris Johnson had to request a round of applause after pledging to fund the core Leeds-Manchester section of the Northern Powerhouse Rail project late last month. What could explain the hesitance of those in the audience at Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum? Perhaps they were not fans of the new Prime Minister, or perhaps they…

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TfN reviews its smart ticketing vision for the North

TfN reviews its smart ticketing vision for the North

Uncertainty surrounds the future of Transport for the North’s smart ticketing programme, with the organisation having so far failed to persuade some bus operators to sign-up to the most crucial phase. The third phase of the £150m DfT-funded Integrated and Smart Ticketing (IST) programme would deliver a London-style system of capped daily or weekly fares,…

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Will Grant Shapps expand TfL’s rail reach?

Grant Shapps

Boris Johnson’s premiership will be dominated by Brexit, but there are big decisions to be made on transport – and they will be made by Grant Shapps, who was appointed as Secretary of State for Transport in last week’s cabinet reshuffle. The former Conservative Party chairman replaces Chris Grayling, described last week by former transport…

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Government instructs Greater Manchester to accelerate CAZ plan

Government instructs Greater Manchester to accelerate CAZ plan

Greater Manchester’s political leaders have reacted angrily to the Government’s instruction that the area implements a Class C charging clean air zone (CAZ) across the conurbation in 2021. The councils had proposed introducing a CAZ in 2021 covering buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and lorries (Class B). They then proposed extending it to vans…

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Midlands Connect “won’t take no for an answer”

With a population of 10 million people, the Midlands is similar in size to Sweden and Portugal – but it is often overlooked when it comes to transport investment. The region’s sub-national transport body, Midlands Connect, plans to change that. The organisation’s director, Maria Machancoses, will take a far more assertive approach towards progressing the…

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Give us control of North’s rail infrastructure, TfN tells Williams

Transport for the North wants to take control of rail infrastructure in the north of England from Network Rail. In evidence to the Government’s Williams Rail Review, TfN outlines its plan to establish an infrastructure division, TfN Infrastructure, that would collaborate with a local and regional passenger train operator covering the same geography. TfN says…

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GMCA backs Burnham’s franchising plan

Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has backed plans put forward by the region’s directly elected mayor, Andy Burnham, to become the first authority in England to use powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 to take control of bus services. Last Friday, the authority voted to take the next step towards franchising – the appointment of an independent audit to…

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Birmingham and Leeds delay charging CAZs

NO2 Pollution

Birmingham and Leeds city councils have blamed central government for the delayed implementation of their charging clean air zones, with no new timetable for implementation. The councils planned to introduce schemes in January next year but say this is now impractical because of the Government’s delay to completing a web-based vehicle checking system. Birmingham says…

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