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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Weekly Update 4th September 2017

Bus Stops closed

Bus stop closures to speed up Birmingham’s buses About 90 bus stops in south Birmingham could be closed in a trial to speed up bus journeys. Councillors on the West Midlands Combined Authority’s transport delivery committee will be asked to approve the trial on five corridors this week. Bus operator National Express West Midlands suggested…

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Is Grayling abdicating responsibility for ‘Northern Powerhouse Rail’?

Full electrification of the TransPennine route has not been ruled out, but it’s no longer assured. And transport secretary Chris Grayling has done little to ally concerns by telling the north of England to sort out its own transport problems. While acknowledging the need for improved transport links, Grayling angered business and political leaders in…

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STBs will make our life easier, says HE chief

Harshil Shah

Highways England has welcomed the formation of shadow sub-national transport bodies (STBs) in parts of England. “To have a strong regional voice telling you what’s wanted is a great help to us,” HE chief executive Jim O’Sullivan told Local Transport Today. In a wide-ranging interview, O’Sullivan discusses the prospects for the next Road Investment Strategy…

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Street’s plan to get the streets moving

Could Andy Street come to be seen as the star performer of England’s six new metro-mayors? The West Midlands mayor, who was the Chief Executive of clothing retailer Next before entering politics, has come up with an action plan for tackling an issue that should be close to the top of any mayoral in-tray –…

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Weekly Update 7th August 2017

NO2 Pollution

Network Rail shakes up project delivery procedures Network Rail has announced a shake-up to how rail projects are delivered, which could help third party-promoted projects such as new stations, line re-openings and capacity schemes. The reforms will reduce the barriers to third parties investing in, and delivering improvements to, the rail network. Third party funders,…

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Air Quality Plan ducks the main issue – congestion

Congestion

When we think about pollution from vehicles in our cities the image that comes into many peoples’ minds is a bus belching out fumes. Many wrongly regard them as part of the problem, and not part of the solution. It’s an outdated image. How many people are aware that a new Euro 6 diesel bus…

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