CORONOVIRUS UPDATE: Shapps reveals implications for transport

The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP

Grant Shapps updated MPs on the transport implications of the coronavirus outbreak and his immediate priorities last week. Addressing the Transport Select Committee via Skype on Wednesday, the Secretary of State for Transport said there had been nothing comparable to this in modern government. He offered evidence that the public is heeding government advice not…

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COVID-19: Rail franchises suspended, bus and coach firms seek £1bn

Empty bus station - Covid 19

The DfT has temporarily suspended rail franchises in response to the Covid-19 pandemic that has prompted patronage to collapse. All revenue and cost risk has passed to the Government, with operators being paid a management fee. The Confederation of Passenger Transport has called for £1bn of Government emergency support for bus and coach operators over…

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Coronovirus could cost TfL ‘up to £500m’

Empty Tube Train

Transport for London has warned that Coronovirus could reduce its passenger income by up to £500m. A growing number of firms and individuals have changed their travel behaviour, with greater numbers of people working from home, and this has led to a significant reduction in passenger numbers. In the week commencing 9 March, passenger volumes…

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Stagecoach Manchester reveals partnership offer made to Burnham

Stagecoach Bus Manchester

Stagecoach Manchester has released details of a new partnership offer it has made to Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham in the hope of killing off the threat of bus franchising. Stagecoach has proposed that bus company profits above a benchmark be shared between itself, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and a partnership investment fund. It is…

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National Express won’t buy any more diesel buses

National Express

National Express Group has set out zero emission vision, which includes a pledge to not buy another diesel bus in the UK. The group’s ambition is to have fully zero emission bus fleet by 2030 and coach fleet by 2035, making it the first zero emission transport group in the UK. National Express plans to…

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PM pledges £5bn for buses and cycling

Boris Johnson has announced £5bn over five years for buses and cycling in England. The additional bus funding will pay for thousands of zero emission buses, bus priority, service improvements and fare initiatives. The cycling funding will pay for new routes and ‘Mini-Holland’ schemes. Guidance for rail re-opening cash The DfT has published details of…

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Green light for HS2 and £5bn local transport ‘revolution’

Bus and Bike

HS2 will go ahead alongside “radical improvements” to local transport networks across the whole country, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed last week. In a statement to Parliament he set out that after consideration of the independent Oakervee review, the decision has been taken to proceed with the high speed north-south link. And he announced…

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Bids invited for three new bus funds

Bids invited for three new bus funds

The DfT has invited local authority bids to three new bus funds: Superbus networks (£70m), an all-electric bus town (£50m), and a Rural Mobility Fund (£20m). Bids must be submitted by 30 April. S Yorks climate chief to target 25 per cent cut to travel demand The South Yorkshire City Region Combined Authority is to…

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Government to take Northern in-house

Government to take Northern in-house

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced last week that the government will take over running services on the Northern network on March 1, stripping Arriva of its franchise. The government said that the rail network in the north has “fallen far short of delivering the service passengers need and deserve”. Commenting on the decision, Shapps said:…

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