Birmingham and Leeds delay charging CAZs

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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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Edinburgh crowned ‘congestion champions’

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Traffic congestion got worse in two-thirds of the 25 UK cities included in TomTom Traffic Index, a report detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries around the world. Mumbai took the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65% extra travel time stuck…

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FirstGroup explores options for its UK bus business

Britain’s bus industry faces a huge shake-up as FirstGroup prepares to separate its UK Bus operations from the rest of its business. Chief executive Matthew Gregory said a range of options were on the table for UK bus. “They include a sale, either in whole or in parts, [or] it could include partnerships, it could…

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Northern businesses show support for Northern Powerhouse Rail

The Yorkshire Post has reported that a survey of 5000 Northern businesses has revealed support for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), an initiative to increase the connectivity of northern towns and cities through high-speed rail links. The results show 99% believe NPR would raise productivity in the Northern Powerhouse; 85% believe NPR would increase inward investment;…

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Oxford announces new Low Emissions Zone

Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have announced plans to introduce a new Low Emissions Zone for buses in the area. The move follows consultation with local bus providers and will require buses to have engines of Euro 6 standard at minimum. The proposals are part of the city’s plans for a Zero Emissions…

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Women’s Institute launches bus campaign

Delegates at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ (NFWI) Annual Meeting voted to launch a national campaign calling for the Government and local authorities to address the decline in local bus services. They were addressed by Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, Darren Shirley, who said: “Buses are a lifeline, connecting people to education and…

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Bidders offer proposals for HS2 trains

As reported by Rail News, two possible train designs for HS2 have been unveiled. One of the proposals comes from Alstom and the other from Bombardier and Hitachi. The contract to build the first tranche of HS2 trains is expected to be awarded next year, while the HS2 timetable sets out an opening date of…

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Rail firms ranked by passengers

As reported by the Evening Standard, Southern Rail has been ranked the worst for passenger trust, with scores ranging from 17% trust in Spring and Autumn 2017 to 22% in the most recent Transport Focus survey in Autumn 2018. Grand Central and Heathrow Express ranked the highest, each with passenger trust of at least 70%.…

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Fares reform must be prioritised in rail review

A poll commissioned by the Rail Delivery Group reveals 81% of rail passengers think updates to the fares system should be prioritised by the Williams Rail Review, with 80% wanting the current rail system changed to be “fairer, more transparent and easier to use”. The poll shows that passengers want to see change delivered “quickly”.…

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