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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New railway review offers Grayling breathing space

A “sweeping review to transform Britain’s railways” was launched by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last week. The Department for Transport says that the review is the “most significant since privatisation” and will consider ambitious recommendations for reform. Led by independent chair Keith Williams, the former British Airways chief executive and deputy chairman of John Lewis…

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Expert panel cautious on Cambs Combined Authority’s rapid transit and land value capture plan

Expert panel cautious on Cambs Combined Authority’s rapid transit and land value capture plan The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review has questioned the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s plan for a new rapid transit system funded by land value capture. The final report of the review, chaired by economist Dame Kate Barker, says a…

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Greater Manchester to become electric bus showcase?

Stagecoach is seeking Government funding for ambitious £56m plans to deliver Europe’s largest single investment in electric buses for Greater Manchester, providing a massive boost to local air quality. Britain’s biggest bus and coach operator is hoping that the first of the proposed 105 new zero emissions double-decker buses and associated infrastructure will go live…

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DfT’s street design request threatens housing delivery

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The delivery of many new residential developments across England could face months of delay because of the DfT’s request for councils to “pause” design work on streets with level surfaces, i.e. no kerb. Transport minister Nusrat Ghani made the request in a letter sent to councils at the end of July. The letter was in…

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Trambuses ready to roll out in UK cities

Combining the sleek styling, smooth ride and passenger appeal of a modern tram with the flexibility and affordability of a bus, the “trambus” has been embraced by cities around the world. And now they are coming to the UK. A number of vehicle manufacturers currently offer this hybrid solution to urban transport challenges. If these…

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Planning system ‘encourages greenfield car-based housing estates’

Planning system ‘encourages greenfield car-based housing estates’ England’s development planning system has a bias towards new car-based greenfield housing estates, a new report concludes. The Transport for new homes report says council targets for new homes take no account of public transport or proximity to services and employment. “In essence, targets are devised without geography.…

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Bus trips going digital in the West Midlands

National Express Group is forecasting that 70% of journeys on its West Midlands bus services will be made on a combination of mobile, bankcard and smartcard tickets by the end of 2018. The prediction of a further acceleration in the use of digital tickets follows continued strong growth in the first half of the year…

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