Delay or downgrade of HS2 a “serious concern”

A computer generated image of what the HS2 platforms will look like at Euston Station © HS2 Ltd

Midlands Connect Chairman Sir John Peace wrote to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week, urging him to publish the Oakervee review in full as soon as possible, and warning him again that any delay or downgrade of High Speed Two would be a betrayal of the Midlands and the North. In the letter, issued…

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Diesel buses face ban from city’s bus lanes…

Cambridge Bus

Diesel buses could be banned from using bus lanes in Cambridgeshire under a proposal announced by the county council. Cambridgeshire intends to consult on allowing only electric buses to use bus lanes from the end of 2021 as part of wider efforts to improve air quality. Other types of electric vehicle could also be given…

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Cars to be banned from York city centre

Councillors have approved plans to ban private cars from York’s medieval city centre by 2023. The move has been welcomed by the city’s largest bus operator. While those who rely on cars, such as disabled residents, would be exempt, City of York Council wants an end to “non-essential” car journeys within the city walls. The…

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PM sets out transport priorities

Boris Johnson has outlined the Government’s transport priorities following the Conservative’s General Election victory. A White Paper on rail reform will be published next year, informed by the Williams Review. A National Infrastructure Strategy will be published alongside the Budget early next year. A White Paper on English devolution is also promised, which will outline…

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‘The Prime Minister must now deliver for the North’

The Conservative Party’s election victory last week saw it breach Labour’s “red wall” in the North of England. Of the 58 seats it captured, 26 were in the North of England. Brexit was central to the sales pitch put forward by Tory leader Boris Johnson and his colleagues, but Northern voters were also offered a…

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RSSB studies rail emissions

RSSB studies rail emissions

The Rail Standards and Safety Board (RSSB) is commissioning a programme of research into rail emissions and alternatives to diesel. One project will develop a method for reporting carbon dioxide emissions, which could inform target setting. Another will assess the costs associated with hydrogen and battery-powered trains. A third study, already underway by consultant Arup,…

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Labour pledges to cut regulated rail fares by a third

Labour has announced plans to cut rail fares by 33% from January 2020 and make rail travel free for those aged 16 years old and under if it wins next week’s election. The party also wants to “guarantee fair fares for part-time workers” by ensuring that workers who commute fewer than five days a week…

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Parties set out positions on HS2

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have both pledged to build HS2 if they win next month’s General Election. The Conservatives this weekend said that they will study the findings of the Oakervee review before making a final decision on the project. Labour’s manifesto says a Labour Government would build a high-speed railway all the way…

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£500m Beeching Reversal Fund ‘won’t achieve much’

The Conservative Party has pledged to spend £500m on reopening rail lines lost during the Beeching closures of the sixties. Launching the policy last Friday, the Tories claimed that the Beeching Reversal Fund would start to reopen some of the 4,500 miles of track and 2,000 stations that were closed during this period. Prime Minister Boris…

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