Weekly Update 27th November 2017

Funding allocations announced for Transforming Cities Fund Funding allocations have been published for the new Transforming Cities Fund that will improve urban transport. The six mayoral combined authorities will receive about half the funds, allocated on a per capita basis: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough £74m; Greater Manchester £243m; Liverpool City Region £134m; West of England £80m;…

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First Bus turns off the investment tap

FirstGroup Bus

FirstGroup used to be the UK’s biggest bus operator. It’s empire was assembled in the deal-making era that followed the deregulation of buses and its fleet reached a peak of 9,500 buses in Great Britain in the first decade of this century. But today First Bus operates 6,000 buses. Why? First made some wrong turns…

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Weekly Update 14th November 2017

Bike Hire

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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