The chancellor Sajid Javid has promised more than £200m of extra funding for buses in England next year. Further details are awaited.
The pledge came as the Confederation of Passenger Transport proposed a new deal for bus services to local and central government. Its Moving forward together strategy asks Government for actions including a national bus strategy; an urban transport infrastructure fund with buses at the core; and incentives for local authorities to set targets to speed up bus journey times. In return, the CPT says operators could introduce contactless multi-operator price capped daily and weekly tickets by 2022 in urban areas, and only purchase ultra-low or zero emission buses from 2025.
60-year appraisal ‘too short to capture all of HS2’s benefits’
HS2 Ltd wants to test a new appraisal method that it thinks will show the benefits of building the multi-billion pound project have been greatly understated.
Chairman Allan Cook’s says the current appraisal fails to capture the “transformative” impact the project will have on land-use. He adds that the 60-year appraisal period is “too short given the UK’s track record of maintaining core rail routes over 150 years”.
Cook’s report to Government says the project cannot be delivered for the cost envelope or timetable used by Government. He has increased the cost from £55.7bn to £72bn-£78bn (2015 prices), which the Government has converted to £81bn-£88bn in 2019 prices.
Cook proposes review of Midlands and North rail projects
Phase 2b of HS2, the sections from Manchester to Crewe and the West Midlands to Leeds, should be reviewed alongside other rail aspirations in the Midlands and North, says HS2 Ltd chairman Allan Cook.
He says the company “stands ready to lead” on a three-month strategic review into all the area’s major rail proposals, which would lead to a rolling programme of works.
Midlands Connect has asked the Government for £45.5m to develop a multi-billion pound programme of rail enhancements dubbed ‘Midlands Engine Rail’, including new connections into Birmingham’s Moor Street station and works to connect Leicester, Nottingham, Derby into the proposed HS2 station at Toton.
MaaS: morphing into something new?
The concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is changing from being a app-based subscription package for mobility to an app offering travel information and pay-as-you-go travel, according to a report by the Urban Transport Group.
The private sector is increasingly interested in developing ‘walled gardens’ for travel information and ticket purchase, says the UTG, warning that, without public sector input, this could have negative impacts for public policy.
EV test procedures ‘exaggerate battery range’
Test procedures for electric vehicle battery range typically result in much higher mileages than are achieved in real world conditions, say researchers.
Consultant HORIBA MIRA says EVs are currently tested against a slim set of parameters, with the majority at one ambient temperature level – 23°C. “The vehicle’s heating system can reduce the range of a vehicle by as much as 30 to 40 per cent at average UK temperatures of between 4 and 14°C.”
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