Weekly Update 14th November 2017

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Councils vie for slice of DfT’s local majors fund Councils are battling it out for a share of what remains in the DfT’s Large Local Major Transport Schemes fund. Local Enterprise Partnerships will submit funding bids for about a dozen schemes to the DfT next month, with successful applications likely to be announced next spring. …

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Will Glider become a Bus Rapid Transit showcase?

New Belfast Rapid Transit Glider vehicle unveiled: Photo by Northern Ireland Executive

The future of transport in Belfast was on show in Belgium last month – and it’s not like anything else in the United Kingdom. Perhaps best described as part-bus, part-tram, the new ‘Glider’ vehicle was unveiled at the giant Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk. Belfast has ordered a fleet of 30 of these 18-metre, articulated…

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Weekly Update 31st October 2017

Highways England revises road delivery programme Highways England has rescheduled the delivery of 26 major road schemes by between three months and two years. Work on six other schemes has been paused. The rescheduling will reduce the amount of disruption caused by roadworks taking place simultaneously in the same area of the network. Ten schemes…

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Glasgow’s plan to clean up air could choke buses

Urban Glasgow

Quite rightly, towns and cities throughout the UK are looking at what can be done to improve air quality. But Glasgow City Council is pursuing a strategy that could be counter-productive, because it focuses exclusively on buses. At the end of last month, Glasgow City Council approved in principle a blueprint for establishing Scotland’s first…

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Government commits to £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

Government commits to £10bn rise in Network Rail spending

The government last week announced a significant increase in funding for Network Rail, focused on projects to increase train service punctuality. The settlement for 2019-2024, announced by Chris Grayling, the secretary of state for transport, provides for the company to spend up to £47.9bn during the period, a £10bn increase compared to the five years…

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Weekly Update 9th October 2017

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham kicks off ‘congestion conversation’ Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, has launched a ‘congestion conversation’ – he wants to hear how congestion is impacting people’s lives and what ideas the public has to help solve it. Congestion is sometimes viewed as a sign of success, as evidence of a growing economy. But…

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Weekly Update 3rd October 2017

Transpennine Express

TfN lists Northern Powerhouse Rail priorities Transport for the North (TfN) has identified the rail infrastructure needed to turn the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) from concept into reality. Priorities include a new line from Liverpool to the Crewe-Manchester HS2 spur via Warrington, and a new line between Manchester and Leeds with a station serving Bradford.…

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Liverpool City Region bucks the trend

Liverpool City Region bucks the trend

For those who believe in what a good bus service can do for communities, the quarterly statistical updates from the Department for Transport can be more than a little disheartening. In many towns and cities across the country, the networks are withering away. The figures for April-June 2017 were published earlier this month. They show…

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Weekly Update 18th September 2017

TfL consultancy arm could advise other UK cities

Herts calls for Capital-Region Transport Body Hertfordshire County Council has approached local authorities surrounding Greater London to gauge their interest in the creation of a Capital Region Transport Body. Hertfordshire says the Greater London Authority boundary is an “accident of history” that “gets in the way of the sensible planning of major capital infrastructure and…

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