Weekly Update 03rd July 2017

Storm over the East Coast Mainline - Image by Matt Buck

 The curse of the East Coast Main Line has struck again. Last week, transport group Stagecoach warned that its Virgin Trains East Coast franchise no longer expects to provide planned extra services, faster journey times and new routes in 2019. Network Rail, the railway’s infrastructure controller, has told the company that infrastructure upgrades to support…

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Weekly Update 26th June 2017

Councils challenge Defra’s charging Clean Air Zone plans A number of councils are challenging the Government’s assessment that they may need to implement Clean Air Zones as part of the new air quality plan to reduce nitrogen dioxide concentrations. Councils are highlighting differences between the Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) assessment of…

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Weekly Update 19th June 2017

West Midlands pioneers revolutionary transport concept

West Midlands pioneers revolutionary transport concept You may not have heard of ‘Mobility as a Service’, but it could change your life. Yes, Mobility as a Service, or MaaS for short, is not the most inspiring name. However, it promises to revolutionise how we consume transport services in the same way that digital platforms like…

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Weekly Update 12th June 2017

Photo David Jones

Mass transit study for Cambridgeshire The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and the Greater Cambridge City Deal executive board are to jointly commission a comparative study of mass transit options for Cambridge and the surrounding area. The combined authority’s elected mayor James Palmer has pledged to build a light rail line connecting Cambridge to Cambourne,…

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In defence of rail franchising

Transport tends to take a back seat in general election campaigns, and 2017 hasn’t been any different. There is one exception, however – Labour’s pledge to bring the railways back into public ownership. The party’s manifesto pledges to do this as franchises expire or, in other cases, with franchise reviews or break clauses. And the…

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Weekly Update 30th May 2017

Tories will put LEPs on statutory footing Local Enterprise Partnerships will be put on a statutory footing if the Conservatives win the General Election. The party wants to give LEPs “greater weight by backing them into law”. LEPs and combined authorities, where the latter exist, will be responsible for preparing local industrial strategies to align…

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Weekly Update 22nd May 2017

London Underground

Public transport is ‘entering a new era’ I’ve just returned from UITP’s ‘Global Public Transport Summit’. This event draws around 2,500 public transport professionals from around the world, and it takes place in a different city (usually in Europe) every two years. This time it was hosted by Montreal. Alain Flausch, secretary general of UITP,…

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Weekly Update 15th May 2017

Crossrail tunnel

Elected mayors get to work on transport agendas The new elected mayors for six combined authorities in England are getting to work on their transport agendas. In the West Midlands, Conservative Andy Street has promised action to improve traffic flow, including a review of bus lanes, a lane rental scheme for roadworks, and better use…

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Weekly Update 8th May 2017

Manchester Orange Bus

Bus Services Act offers new routes for ‘metro mayors’ After two and a half years in the making, England’s Bus Services Bill finally made it onto the statute book late last month, only days before the dissolution of Parliament. There had been fears that the Bus Services Bill would be left in the garage as…

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