Labour’s free bus travel pledge for under 25s – a good idea?

Labour’s free bus travel pledge for under 25s – a good idea?

Labour sought to reach out to young voters this month with a pledge to introduce free bus travel for people aged under 25. This is of course something that is already offered to those aged over 65, but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes it’s time to redress the balance. “Young people deserve a break,” he…

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Rethink presentation of Northern Powerhouse Rail

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Transport for the North should change the way it presents the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project of new intercity connections between the North’s biggest cities, according to Lancashire County Council. The council says TfN’s draft strategic transport plan gives “implied absolute priority to developing NPR”. “NPR should be more properly set within the wider…

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West Midlands – birthplace of the mobility revolution?

Could the birthplace of the industrial revolution become one of the pioneers of a new mobility revolution? This month saw the Whim transport app – often referred to as the “Spotify of transport” – launch in the West Midlands. And just as Spotify has transformed how we consume music, Whim is aiming to transform how…

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Weekly Update 3rd April 2018

MaaS subscription packages launched in West Mids The UK’s first Mobility as a Service (MaaS) subscription packages will go live in the West Midlands conurbation this month. The packages, developed by MaaS Global, will give subscribers access to public transport, bike hire, car rental and taxis. They are designed to persuade people to give up…

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TfL seeks partners for a new kind of bus service

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Transport for London announced last week that it is exploring the potential of using a new ‘demand responsive’ TfL bus service to enhance London’s public transport network, initially in car-dependent outer London. Uber, Citymapper and Chariot are already operating app-based shared ride services in the capital. TfL is now approaching a range of businesses –…

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Weekly Update 20th March 2018

Vision for Major Road Network is too limited, say councils A performance specification and dedicated maintenance funding are needed to support the proposed Major Road Network of the most important local authority roads in England, councils have told the DfT. Consultation on designating the MRN closes this week. Many local authorities are calling for the…

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Didcot trial seeks to create driverless ‘heaven’

Depending on who you’re listening to, driverless vehicles, all kinds of vehicles are either poised to take over the world very soon or media hype that will take decades to become reality. They certainly feel close to becoming reality when you visit transport exhibitions – which are these days incomplete if they don’t feature a…

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Weekly Update 5th March 2018

Autonomous public transport trials The Government has awarded funding to trial autonomous public transport in Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire and London. The Cambridge project will see autonomous vehicles operate on the southern end of the Cambridgeshire guided busway, between Trumpington park-and-ride and Cambridge railway station during hours when buses are not running. Oxfordshire’s project will test AVs…

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Glasgow commits to car constraint

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Earlier this month, the fourth annual UK Bus Summit took place in London. It might not set everyone’s pulse racing, but the humble bus carries around five billion passengers every year in Great Britain and it therefore deserves its day out in Westminster. The bus is the answer to so many of our big challenges…

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