‘Rural public transport is in crisis’ – new report concludes

Rural transport is “in a state of crisis”, with bus cuts and shrinking transport networks leaving communities cut off.‏ This is the conclusion of a new report released this week by Campaign for Better Transport. The Future of Rural Bus Services in the UK shows the impact of poor public transport on the health and…

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Light rail network for West Yorkshire

Light rail network for West Yorkshire

Light rail network for West Yorkshire West Yorkshire Combined Authority has published proposals for a light rail network serving Leeds and the wider conurbation. A three-line network is envisaged: Leeds to Bradford and onto Dewsbury; three branches from south Leeds to Leeds city centre Leeds city centre to east Leeds WYCA wants the system delivered…

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Burnham: Give me powers to rev up transport system

Great Manchester mayor Andy Burnham made a plea for extra powers at last week’s North of England Transport Summit in Manchester. The eighth floor conference venue provided a panoramic view of the many cranes across the city centre’s skyline. Burnham said are currently 64 in total, “more than any other comparable city in Europe” and…

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Emphasis on BCRs ‘encourages abuse of transport appraisal’

The emphasis given to benefit-cost ratios (BCRs) in transport appraisal and decision-making encourages project promoters to artificially inflate their values, the Transport Planning Society has told the DfT. “The real world production of BCRs is seriously flawed,” it says. “Every practitioner knows that this [the inflation of BCRs] is the norm and it has rightly…

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Mixed response to Chancellor’s road building boost

A massive increase in road investment was the most eye-catching transport announcement in Philip Hammond’s budget last week. The five-year Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS 2) will see £28.8bn invested between 2021 and 2025, which is almost double the £15.2bn RIS1 programme announced in 2015. The Chancellor revealed that this investment will be drawn from…

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£28.8bn five-year pot for National Roads Fund

Cracked Road

The National Roads Fund, created by ringfencing Vehicle Excise Duty revenues in England, will be worth £28.8bn from 2020/21 to 2024/25, the Treasury announced this week. Of this, £25.3bn is expected to be allocated to Highways England’s strategic road network. The remainder seems likely to be spent on local authority roads, such as those making…

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Key messages from the bus manufacturers

Next week will see more than 9,000 people travel to the NEC near Birmingham for the Euro Bus Expo – the biggest bus, coach and minibus trade event taking place in Europe this year. There will be 130 vehicles on display, designed and built by a range of different suppliers to meet the requirements of…

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PM pledges to freeze fuel duty for ninth consecutive year

Theresa May pledged to freeze fuel duty for the ninth consecutive year in her Conservative party conference speech in Birmingham last week. The prime minister said that fuel duty had been frozen “because for millions of people, their car is not a luxury, it’s a necessity”. “Some have wondered if there would be a thaw…

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Ten areas shortlisted for £840m transport fund

The Government has shortlisted ten city regions in England for a share of £840m public transport grant from the Transforming Cities Fund. The areas are: Derby and Nottingham; Leicester; the North East; Norwich; Plymouth; Portsmouth; Southampton; Sheffield; Stoke-on-Trent; and West Yorkshire. Accelerate our transport priorities, says Economic Heartland The England’s Economic Heartland alliance of local…

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